The Avatar Roadster has been revealed in production form at the Autosport International show with claims it can produce up to 500bhp/ton.
The Devon-based manufacturer is an offshoot of kit-car maker Marlin, but its first model comes fully built. It is available with 2.0 or 2.3-litre Ford Ecoboost engines, much like those used by the Zenos E10 S and E10 R (although in the Avatar they are mounted longitudinally), and is priced from £39,990.
The 2.0-litre Avatar Roadster produces 250bhp, resulting in a top speed of 145mph and a 0-60mph time of 4sec, while the 2.3-litre model produces 350bhp, and can reach 60mph in 3.6sec and tops out at 165mph. Both variants weigh 695kg, meaning the more potent version produces 500bhp/ton.
The Roadster’s light kerb weight largely comes thanks to its use of a stiff tubular spaceframe chassis with fibreglass body panels. A near-central seating position, as well as carefully positioned fuel tank and lightweight five-speed gearbox, maintain a ‘near-perfect’ weight distribution, according to Avatar director and designer Dylan Popovic.