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Interesting concept. Not sure about the looks though.

Ex-McLaren designer to build mid-engined Exige challenger

More fun in the form of a lightweight, mid-engined sports car is reported to be on the way and Colin Chapman himself would approve of this new-comer and the very ‘Lotus-like’ philosophy behind it. The chap behind this new sports car is Jim Dowle, former McLaren car designer.

Dowle certainly has the credentials to design and develop a purpose built road rocket, having been closely involved with the creation of the legendary McLaren F1 and the more recent (and less legendary) McLaren Mercedes SLR.

The knowledge of advanced composite material structures gained from these projects will certainly benefit the creation of a light-weight, strong and performance focused drivers car. Expect the chassis to be an aluminium/carbon composite structure.

Dowle and his team are looking to have a prototype on the road over the next 18 months and are still in the process of deciding on the exact specifications, but expect a four-cylinder powerplant, mid-mounted, with around 150kW/200hp and all up a weight of around 870kg.

While the main focus will be on the driving experience, Dowle will be building in a degree of practicality with plenty of storage space being a pre-requisite of the design. The price? It is hoped that when the new racer goes on sale it will cost around £35,000 in the UK.

http://www.themotorreport.com.au:80/3815/ex-mclaren-designer-to-build-mid-engined-exige-challenger/

 

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Interesting concept. Not sure about the looks though.

Ex-McLaren designer to build mid-engined Exige challenger

More fun in the form of a lightweight, mid-engined sports car is reported to be on the way and Colin Chapman himself would approve of this new-comer and the very ‘Lotus-like’ philosophy behind it. The chap behind this new sports car is Jim Dowle, former McLaren car designer.

Dowle certainly has the credentials to design and develop a purpose built road rocket, having been closely involved with the creation of the legendary McLaren F1 and the more recent (and less legendary) McLaren Mercedes SLR.

The knowledge of advanced composite material structures gained from these projects will certainly benefit the creation of a light-weight, strong and performance focused drivers car. Expect the chassis to be an aluminium/carbon composite structure.

Dowle and his team are looking to have a prototype on the road over the next 18 months and are still in the process of deciding on the exact specifications, but expect a four-cylinder powerplant, mid-mounted, with around 150kW/200hp and all up a weight of around 870kg.

While the main focus will be on the driving experience, Dowle will be building in a degree of practicality with plenty of storage space being a pre-requisite of the design. The price? It is hoped that when the new racer goes on sale it will cost around £35,000 in the UK.

http://www.themotorreport.com.au:80/3815/ex-mclaren-designer-to-build-mid-engined-exige-challenger/

More expensive with a similar power / weight ratio. Can't really say for certain without driving it of course, but it seems that the elise is a better value. Of course if it's tightened down a little better, isn't made of fiberglass, has bumpers, and doesn't rattle, it may lure car buyers in its direction.
 

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designing a car, and bringing a car to market, are 2 very different things

i believe the capro t1 (or whatever they call it) has almost trippled in price since they announced the design.... it went from very expensive to stratoshperic !

i have my eye on the tonIQ for price/fun/perfomance/quality

i am still amazed no one has tried to re-create a baby mc-f1, but i guess that would just be a nobel then wouldn't it?
 

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LOL.... I was thinking the opposite.... not a fan of those lines.... I think an exige looks 10x's better :)
Ditto.

But it will certainly be interesting to see what the execution looks like rather than the intent.
 

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It will sell on looks alone. Terrific lines!
Ya think? Looks to me like an RX8 (front) mated with a 350Z (rear). And it's the ugly runt in the litter.
 

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I like it :shrug:

Then again I like the Veyron too. When I saw the plan for the Audi based "Baby Bugatti" I thought I would actually give it a serious consideration if it came out looking like the concept.
 

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I'm a little interested. I can't say I love the artist's conception but it doesn't look too bad to me. I'll withhold judgment until the design is finalized.
 

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I'd drive it, but I'll drive just about anything with wheels.
kinna like screwing anything with a hole...JK

ok back on topic

IMO it doesnt look too bad (artist) renditions are always going to be more dramatic than the actual production car

and on that note all i can say to "would be competitors" is BRING IT ON

in the US theres not much room for performance focused automobiles with the likes of the lotus so they will def. be in direct competiton
 
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