What is it?
When you first see it in the flesh, you can mistake the Farbio GTS for a McLaren F1. This visual impact, combined with an attractive £60,000 entry price and the surprising refinement and quality levels you discover as you investigate further, are the things that lift this newly launched, Wiltshire-made sports car out of the “hopeful” league and promise a true production future.
Farbio is a new company owned by ex-Marcos sports car specialist Chris Marsh and based in a new factory near Bath. It recently acquired rights to the promising Ford V6-powered Farboud mid-engined coupe, has developed and redesigned it in key areas, and is now making a car a week, with the aim of reaching 150 cars a year beyond 2008. The first customer car will be delivered next month to a London owner.
What’s it like?
The Farbio GTS combines dependable technology (classic steel space-frame; proven Ford transverse powertrain; all-independent wishbone suspension) with impressive modern components. It’s got an all-carbonfibre body made and painted on site, and a touchscreen-based ancillary control system (for audio, ventilation, navigation) which is so simple, organised and intuitive that it deserves to be adopted by mainstream car-makers.