Avatar Roadster Revealed With Ford Focus RS Power

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Recently, we told you about a new track car from British firm Avatar that was designed to fit a variety of four-cylinder engines from the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F], including the awesome turbocharged 2.3-liter unit fitted to the latest Focus RS and all 350 horsepower that comes with it. Avatar used the recent 2016 Autosport International event in the United Kingdom to debut the car, known as the Roadster, and confirm more of its specs.

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The standard powertrain is Ford’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Focus ST, which is good for approximately 250 hp. With either engine the Avatar Roadster should be blisteringly quick thanks to a curb weight of only 1,532 pounds. There are no amenities here—just a tubular chassis, a composite shell, and composite seats with a bit of padding for comfort.

Drive is to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transaxle. Avatar also fits the Roadster with in-board adjustable suspension, a Quaife limited-slip differential and race ready brakes. Four-piston calipers are standard though this can be upgraded to a six-piston set. The wheels are from Rota and measure 17 inches up front and 18 in at the rear, and these are shod with semi-slick Yokohamas.

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Avatar quotes a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph for standard 250-hp version. The car is slated to be delivered to new owners starting this spring, and Avatar will build just 25 of them through 2017. Pricing information and availability in the United States are yet to be confirmed.

Avatar certainly won’t have an easy road ahead of it. There is a lot of competition in this field with numerous new players joining the fray in recent years. In addition to more established marques such as Ariel, BAC, Caterham and Donkervoort, we’ve also got newcomers such as Rezvani, VŪHL, Zenos and now Avatar.

For more Autosport International coverage, head to our dedicated hub.

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