15 December 2004

A 200mph supercar with a race-style carbonfibre chassis and suspension is planned by a consortium of F1 designers. Called the MB Roadcars EOS, the 500bhp V8 three-seater (McLaren F1-style one-plus-two) will be unveiled as a scale model at next month’s Autosport International show.

Conceived as a limited run of no more than 20 cars a year with a price of £300,000, the EOS will be aimed at super-rich enthusiasts who buy cars such as the Ferrari Enzo, Porsche Carrera GT and Pagani Zonda. ‘There’s clearly a market for this type of supercar and we think the EOS looks distinctive and can be a success,’ says Michael Blaize, the 31-year-old French founder of MB Roadcars.

Blaize designed the EOS – short for Exigence Of Speed – in his spare time while working as an aerodynamicist with a leading UK F1 team. He claims it features an aerodynamic package that eclipses that of models such as the Carrera GT. ‘I’ve seen their numbers and ours are better.’ Two other F1 engineers are designing the carbonfibre tub chassis and wishbone suspension with inboard spring and damper units.

Blaize is hopeful of attracting funding from a rich backer, probably from Asia or the Middle East.

So far the EOS exists in computer designs only, but a full-scale show car is pencilled in for next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. But MB Roadcars faces a huge amount of work to get its dream into production, not least finding an engine and gearbox capable of reliably delivering the targeted 500bhp and 0-60mph in 3.5sec.

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