Australian firm makes a 300kg lightweight track special with a Ducati V-Twin engine

Niche Australian car maker Saprtan has launched this Ducati V-Twin-powered lightweight track special.

The two-seater Spartan V is claimed by the company to be a superbike with four wheels offering Ariel Atom V8-rivalling performance; it uses a 168bhp 1198cc Ducati V-Twin engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox to help propel it from 0-60mph in less than 3.0sec. Its top speed is a claimed 173mph.

See official pics of the Spartan V

Its tubular spaceframe chassis and carbonfibre bodywork help contribute to an overall claimed weight of less than 300kg. It has no roof, no doors and a speedster-style windscreen.

Just 300 units of the car will be made, each costing $90,000 AUD (£75,000).

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17 September 2010

It looks nice, one obvious flaw being it can only be driven in daylight, but hey, all cars have their foibles eh!!!

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

17 September 2010

want one - and NOW!

17 September 2010

300KG? Impossible. A FW400 with carbon s 33% heavier!

17 September 2010

£75K!!!!!, you could buy a car for that or two ariel atoms or a nissan gtr

17 September 2010

[quote CarDesign]300KG? Impossible. A FW400 with carbon s 33% heavier![/quote] Why impossible? The motorcycle this engine and gearbox come from weighs about 185 kg with all fluids.

17 September 2010

each costing $90,000 AUD (£75,000).

If $90,000 AUD costs you £75,000 you are changing your money at wrong place, its nearer £55,000.

Fantastic looking car though

17 September 2010

Reminds me of a Ferrari 206 SP from the front, looks tidy. I like it.

[quote Maxycat]Why impossible? The motorcycle this engine and gearbox come from weighs about 185 kg with all fluids.[/quote]

I'll be honest I'm a bit sceptical too. I think it'll be lighter than an Atom but not 300kg, although I'm happy to be proved wrong.

They've got to accomodate bodywork and a floor, seats, two more wheels, two extra and larger brakes, all the suspension, additional transmission components. All the things bikes don't have and I think that lot would come to more than 115 kg.

17 September 2010

great looking car, wrong engine though!

17 September 2010

So a track only car. When you can have one of the above for 40k, there's just no contest. You can even drive it home.

17 September 2010

300kg?? and 170 odd mph, i think them aussies been drinkin a bit too much fosters... With a frontal area like that u need a hell of a lot more than 200 bhp to reach that speed.


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