What is it?
The Jetstream 250 is the first product of Cornwall-based manufacturer Jetstream. It is a 700kg rear-wheel drive mid-engined sports car, and it is not pretty. But it is intriguing.
John Donnelly, the man who created the company, used to work for the Brabham and McLaren Formula One teams. The man who used to tune suspension for one Mr M Schumacher set up the double-wishbone suspension. And the engine comes straight from the Vauxhall Astra VXR.
What’s it like?
The Jetstream has engineering pedigree and plenty of poke, but a first glance into the engine bay doesn't inspire confidence that it will actually deliver the dynamic thrills promised by the lightweight construction.
The transverse-mounted 2.0-litre engine sits high and is located almost over the rear axle, while the 33:67 front:rear weight distribution is worrying, until you realise that's more or less an identical figure to the Elise, the car that Jetstream benchmarked for ride and handling.
Climb aboard and you’ll begin to forget the odd looks. The interior is simple, with clean lines and a spot-on driving position. This early car is also amazingly well screwed together. It feels at least as solid as an Ariel Atom.