The British Motor Show will commence next month and we will see the unveiling the Aspid Sports Car, the result of a five year development program by engineering consultancy firm IFR Automotive. The 2-seater model has been designed for pure driving enjoyment and has the same power-to-weight ratio of the top performing supercars enabling it to launch from 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds.
“The Aspid has been engineered to deliver a high level of driving pleasure,” says company founder, Ignacio Fernández Rodriquez. “It brings a new and unique definition to what a sportscar should be and what it can do. From the outset our aim was to invoke the most intense emotions a car can generate, so the driver can really enjoy it for daily use with high levels of performance available on the track.”
Power comes from either a naturally aspirated 2-liter engine producing 270bhp or a supercharged version producing producing 400bhp. The power is passed to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission system and a limited differential slip. The body is made of lightweight aluminium and carbon putting the overall dry weight at just 700kg contributing to some quite sensational performance figures. The 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds was just a teaser, it reaches 100mph in 5.9 seconds and can stop dead from this speed in just 3.0 seconds.
The Aspid is the first car in the world that meets both FIA safety requirements and European homologation standards, so what we have here is a model that would be well placed on either our public roads or beating down the racetrack. Each model will be tailored made to order with prices starting at £75,000 but be warned a fully loaded model could cost as much as £150,000.