Bradford-based specialist says hybrid-powered special should be launched by 2016

British coachbuilder Kahn is aiming for track day customers with its new Speed 7, a vision of a classic-themed two-seater built with traditional aluminium bodywork.

The Bradford-based styling specialist has pitched for other British companies to join the project - and the company’s boss, Afzal Kahn, says he hopes to make it as a hybrid with a price of around £70,000. So far, the firm has released two teaser illustrations showing the car's side profile and its two-seat layout.

“Speed 7 is something that I’ve had in my head for a couple of years now,” Kahn said. “But I think the time is right now to bring it to fruition. We know how to finish and trim a car so it’s like a jewel - but we want other specialised British engineering firms who have experience of a ground-up build and homologation process to get involved with us. I’m confident that if they came forward now, we could have a car on a stand at next year’s Geneva motor show.” He suggested firms like Caterham or Morgan could be suitable technical partners.

Kahn claims to have a solid customer base ready for the vehicle, which would be for track use only. “We’ve only issued some early illustrations and outlined the vision for Speed 7 and yet I know I could sell 100 of them tomorrow,” he said. “There’s huge demand - and the track day customers that I spoke to were very enthusiastic about the idea of a hybrid.”

He added: “The idea behind this car is actually fairly simple - but we could take, for example, a Caterham chassis and build it up around that. Perhaps it could be a small petrol engine to start with, then a hybrid; it all depends on which partners we find. We don’t need financial help with the project; we want the technical co-operation.”

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28 August 2015
Afzal Kahn wrote:

We don’t need financial help with the project; we want the technical co-operation.

No, what you need is some taste and a new pair of glasses.


1 September 2015
Can not fault Mr. Kahn and the team for ambition!
Many congrats #investinginBritishIndustry!

7 September 2015
Ambition like this should be applauded and encouraged.

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