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THIS IS SPARTA! That’s not quite true, as this red little speedster is actually called the Spartan and is born out of Australia.
It is the creation of brothers Peter and Nick Papanicolaou who had a goal of building a track car that was quick, fun and capable of offering its driver an adrenalin rush that’s hard to come by in many modern sports cars.
Development of the Spartan has just been completed and the Papanicolaou brothers and their crew are about to start production.
They’re targeting a global audience, which means U.S. fans of this purist track car will be able to place an order. Pricing starts at $79,000 Aussie dollars (approximately $81,400), which gets you everything you need to go racing and includes some top-shelf components.
Powering the Spartan is Honda’s K20A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine featured in the highly-strung Honda Civic Type R as well as the rival Arial Atom.
In base trim, the engine develops a respectable 250 horsepower. However, opt for a supercharged option and you’ll have a stout 400 horsepower on tap. Did we mention the Spartan weighs just 1,100 pounds in total?
The car’s body is made from carbon fiber and its chassis is a tubular spaceframe incorporating double unequal length wishbones and adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers. Drive is sent to the rear wheels only via a six-speed manual transmission or optional sequential unit with paddle shifters, and stopping power comes from vented rotors with four-piston calipers all around.
Other specs include 16-inch light alloys from Advan, sticky Yokohama tires, a Sparco steering wheel, carbon fiber bucket seats (a passenger seat is included) and a Sabelt six-point harness.
Final performance figures are yet to be released, though the car is expected to hit a top speed of 150 mph.
Aimed at the purist wanting the ultimate driving experience, the Spartan has been designed as a true roadster with no roof, no doors and just a small speedster-style windscreen. Its lines were inspired by race cars from the 1960s but there are some modern touches, including the exposed carbon fiber diffuser and vertical front fender vents.
If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense, reasonably-priced track car with plenty of performance, the Spartan is just what you need. Note, only 300 examples will be built so best not to dawdle.