Loads of enthusiasts regard the Group C endurance racers of the 1980s—see the spectacular Porsche 962—as some of the sexiest machines to ever grace a track, and now an enterprising British startup is bringing the race cars' iconic style to the road.

The Contera MD1 was conceived by David Halford and Michail Papastergiou, and designed from the ground up to mimic the proportions of legendary racers as closely as possible. From the wraparound windscreen, awesomely unconventional three-up seating—the driver sits in the middle, à la the McLaren F1—and aircraft style doors, everything about it screams race car.

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Motivation comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 producing 300 horsepower, though Halford says the engine can be tuned to double that figure. And with the truly unhinged in mind, the engine bay was designed to accommodate larger engines like a Corvette's V-8 lump, or a Halford calls it, "that Chevrolet everybody seems to like."

Now, the whole "race car for the street" description might be a bit of cliché, but it certainly seems to apply in this case. And while James Glickenhaus' similarly inspired SCG003 will set lucky buyers back around $2.35 million, the Contera starts at just over $80k—though there's no word on whether it'll be available Stateside.

Check out this video from TheBHPProject for more info on this bargain supercar.


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