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.