A couple of months ago we first learned that renowned British tuner A. Kahn Design was teaming up with a niche sports car manufacturer by the name of Evanta to form a new sports car and coachbuilding business known as Ant-Kahn
. Together, the two firms hope to lead a resurgence in British specialist vehicle manufacturing—and they already have a number of exciting projects already underway.
We’ll get our first completed look at Ant-Kahn’s creations at the 2014 Goodwood Revival in September. However, the company has released a series of teaser images previewing the new project cars.
The most exciting is a rebodied Aston Martin that Ant-Kahn has labeled the WB12 Vengeance. Not much is known about the car but A. Kahn Design founder Afzal Kahn has previously said its styling has been influenced by the Vanquish and offers the brutal look he considers the regular Aston Martin lineup to be lacking. From its name we suspect it will have a V-12 engine under the hood, and given Kahn’s comments about the Vanquish we could be looking at a modified version of the Aston flagship although it could also be based on the DB9 or V12 Vantage. Key traits will be a wider body and sharper creases.
Another project is Ant-Kahn’s own design, a retro sports car built in the style of the classic barchetta. The new sports car will be called the Evanta Barchetta and it will be produced in a limited run of just 20 cars. The cars will feature custom tubular frame chassis housed in bodies made of mixed composites and Kevlar. Each will be powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 good for 450 horsepower.
The third project that we know of is a long-nose version of the iconic Land Rover Defender. Called the Flying Huntsman, the vehicle will also pack a LS3 V-8 but in the SUV it will be tuned to deliver 550 horsepower. The engine will be mounted close to the Defender’s firewall and drive all four wheels via a six-speed automatic operated by push-button controls.
Look forward to the reveal of all three Ant-Kahn project cars in the coming weeks.