Climax Sports Racer is a lightweight British roadgoing racer
17 December 2009

British sports car manufacturer Climax Cars has revealed production plans for a roadgoing racer to rival the Ariel Atom V8 and Caparo T1.

The rear-drive Climax Sports Racer will be limited to just 200 units and will be built at its production facility in Coventry. It is powered by a Ford Racing-supplied 4.6-litre V8, which produces 345bhp and 305lb ft. A supercharged S version increases power to 415bhp. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed Graziano GT ME1 gearbox.

Weight has been kept down to just 907kg thanks to Climax’s use of aluminium in its chassis and bodywork. This gives the standard car a power-to-weight ratio of 380bhp per tonne, greater than that of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. This increases to 458bhp per tonne in the supercharged model.

The speedster-style styling is akin to that of the McLaren-Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss edition, with features including a small wind-deflecting windscreen.

Simon Long and Marcus Rayner designed the car. They commented, “We wanted to produce a radically different type of car that would be dramatically desirable as well as being an out-and-out enthusiast’s car.

“The choice of aluminium was an obvious one to keep the weight down, which improves the handling, performance and economy of the car.”

Suspension is double wishbone all round and is fully adjustable to cater for both road and track set-ups. Options will include ceramic brakes, full race harnesses, and sequential and semi-automatic gearboxes.

“We believe that there is a growing market sector of enthusiasts who are not prepared to accept a compromise in terms of styling or performance but are looking for better value from a car that is not driven on an everyday basis,” said Climax’s commercial director Ian Howe.

“Our research shows that there is increasing demand for performance cars that have striking design and exemplary build quality coupled with a high power-to-weight ratio, that can compete dynamically and in terms of exclusivity with more established supercar marques but, crucially, undercut them in terms of affordability by a sizeable margin.”

The Sports Racer will cost from £92,000, which will undercut the forthcoming Ariel Atom V8 by almost £30,000. The Caparo T1 costs even more, at around £165,000.

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17 December 2009

[quote Autocar] It is powered by a Ford Racing-supplied 4.6-litre V8, which produces 345bhp and 305lb ft. A supercharged S version increases power to 415bhp. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed Graziano GT ME1 gearbox.

Weight has been kept down to just 907kg thanks to Climax’s use of aluminium in its chassis and bodywork. This gives the standard car a power-to-weight ratio of 345bhp per tonne, greater than that of a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. This increases to 415bhp per tonne in the supercharged model.[/quote]

Your power-to-weight ratios are a bit off there really. I presume it should be:

380 for standard, 457 for the S version.

17 December 2009

If you thought the power-to-weight ratio was a BIT off, check out the size:

"The Sports Racer is 1840mm wide, 14390mm long and 2610mm high."

I think someone should tell him that its probably best to measure the car AFTER its been taken off the transporter... you know, just to avoid any confusion between the two vehicles ;-)

17 December 2009

With 415bhp and 907kg this couldn’t hope to keep up with a Caparo or an Atom V8, not much of a rival.

DKW

17 December 2009

I lose trust when I am pulled in to reading an article based on a headline implying that a car will rival the atom V8, then read it and find it's not true at all. I find it difficult to believe that you actually think thats true, which makes it cheap journalism at best, and lying by any other name. The Atom V8 produces over 500 HP in a 500 Kg body with race proven handling. This vehicle has unknown handling, no race history, a lot less horsepower and weighs getting on for twice as much. It genuinely wouldn't see which way a standard Atom went, let alone a V8. Give over.

Please don't lie to us to get us to read your articles.

17 December 2009

Wow a lot of car for your money over 14m long and 2.6m high ! In old money that is 8 ' 6" high and over 46 feet long. Bigger than a 40' shipping container.

Would it be too much to ask if someone checked these press releases for accuracy before publishing them !

DKW

17 December 2009

Caparo T1: 575 HP, 470 Kg.

Climax Sports Racer: 415 HP, 907 Kg.

'rival the Ariel Atom V8 and Caparo T1'.

How?

The quotes attributed to Climax themselves are understandably ambitious, but sensibly don't make claims like this. I wish them well, and am pleased that they believe that good build quality is important. Also, their car is certainly eyecatching, and not in a bad way - critical for a car asking that sort of wedge with no provenance. They need to make sure it really is well put together, and it's a very good real world or track drive, or they will will be genuinely lucky to sell more than single figures.

I wondered if I'd been a bit hard on Autocar about this article, bearing in mind how difficult it is to produce interestingly written articles on cars day after day, but I don't think so. I think the title 'Unknown geezers offer 415 HP car' may have seemed too frank for interest, but I would have clicked on the article, and at least it's honest.

17 December 2009

Figures do sound wrong but I'm hoping they do well as these guys graduated from the same Transport design course in Coventry I'm on a few years back.

17 December 2009

Good luck to them. Am slightly miffed though, I saw the car up the hill at GFOS a few years back and I thought there was talk of a hybrid powertrain? Probably stretchgin development costs too far for a fledgling company, but a shame that a dinosaur Mustang V8 engine is used..

17 December 2009

Nice supercar Climax!! A shame its not as nice as The Spirra-A Korean Supercar with a Very Souped up Hyundai Genesis Engine.

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/22/video-more-on-the-korean-supercar-nam...

17 December 2009

Its 62,000 Pounds, and its a shame you guys in over in Europe will get it first.

Tossers!!! j/k

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