Ex-McLaren designer working on new lightweight sports carEnlarge Photo
There’s a definite resurgence in small and lightweight roadsters, tiny road-going racers with punchy engines and the kind of handling that owners of bigger and heavier sports cars can only dream of. Notable mentions include cars like the KTM X-bow
, the Fisker designed Artega GT
and anything with a Lotus badge on it. Soon we could be adding another entry to that list with news former McLaren Cars designer, Jim Dowle, is developing his own light weight sports car.
Dowle was heavily involved with the design, development and testing of both the legendary McLaren F1 road car and more recently the Mercedes-Benz SLR. While at McLaren, Dowle worked mostly alongside Gordon Murray and gained ample experience in the field of advanced composites. His new project is for a small mid-engined coupe designed along the lines of the Lotus Exige
, reports Pistonheads
Developers hope to have a prototype up and running within the next 18 months but most of the specifications are from being finalized. The car is expected to feature a 200hp four-cylinder engine and weigh a total of 870kg. There will be ample storage space so that it remains practical and the final price tag will be around £35,000 ($68,500).
As an added bonus we've dug up photos of the original McLaren F1 supercar. Released in 1994, the Macca is arguably the greatest supercar ever made - at least until the Bugatti Veyron arrived on the scene. You can view the pictures in the gallery below.