Meet the Spartan Motor Company, Australia's Supercar
Peter and Nick Papanicolaou are twins from Syndey, Australia. The pair have been hard at work on a special performance machine, and their labor has yielded fruit, in the form of this curvaceous, mid-engined machine from their Spartan Motor Company. With some inspiration from 60's Le Mans racers, the car blends old and new, with a Honda-sourced 2.0-liter, making 250 horsepower. An available supercharged version of that engine will put out an impressive 400 horsepower. That's a good hunk of motivation, considering the whole carbon fiber body weights just 55 pounds, and the entire vehicle clocks in at a mere 1,100 pounds! Right now, the car is in its prototype phase, using a 1.5-liter engine out of a Honda Fit. When the new engines go in, the supercharged version will get from zero to sixty in under three seconds, on its way to a stop speed of 149 miles per hour.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a simple 6-speed transmission. The vehicle is devoid of many of the high tech features of other supercars out there. This means the price of the Spartan vehicle is a scant-for-a-supercar $80,700. The downside? The lack of electronic kit means the car is pretty unruly, and is best used in the hands of a seasoned driver.
Spartan Motor Company will build 300 examples, an homage to the 300 Spartans of the Battle of Thermopylae.