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Mat C
08-12-2005, 01:33 PM
Check this car out in this weeks Autocar, page 18 ! It looks like a new age Allegro, Sward will love it ! :lol:

The basics : It's a 300bhp, 2 litre supercharged V10 with 274 lb ft of torque. 0-60 in 5 seconds and will go onto 170 mph. Lightweight construction keeps the weight down to just 750 KG ! Production begins in May and prices start from 60,000.

Connaught are also working on a petrol hybrid using a naturally aspirated V10 and an electric motor. It's hoped to be on sale late 2006 and starts from 40,000.

About Connaught * : Back in the 1950s, Connaught built some excellent racing cars. They were so good, infact, that the firm's win at Syracuse in '55 was the 1st time grand prix win by a British marque and driver since 1924. Connaught was also the first F1 team to have it's own wind tunnel. The team closed in 1957, but the name was revived in 2002 by a group of motor industry proffesionals who wanted to build a hybrid sports car. Connaught also runs an engineering consultancy business.

(*taken from Autocar)

08-12-2005, 02:10 PM
I was invited along to a preview in Fulham. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go. I've got some photos that they sent through with the invitation that I could post if people are interested.

The car looks quite good from the side and the rear. Its just the front that lets the side down, in my opinion.

Mat C
08-12-2005, 02:55 PM
Deafinatley got a bit of Allegro about it, don't you think ? Post up the piccys, i'm sure others would be interested in seeing this bizzare little sports car !

08-12-2005, 03:04 PM
Okay, I've submitted 4 pictures.

I also got sent through a pdf file with a summary of the car. The 750kg is the dry weight - gross weight is 1325kg.

08-12-2005, 05:36 PM
I have to say I quite like that - although it looks a little unfinished :)

Too much money and power for us mere mortals though :D

08-12-2005, 05:47 PM
Where have I seen a glass roof like that recently?

Mat C
08-12-2005, 05:50 PM
Nice pictures Ralph ! :) True quirky Brit' that car is !

08-12-2005, 05:51 PM
Would we class this marque as a classic or specialist?

Happy to give it a sub-forum if anyone wants one! great find, Mat :drink2:

Mat C
08-12-2005, 05:56 PM
Difficult choice Rob. It's pedigree lies with classics but the Syracuse is only going to have a limited run, 100 i believe so does that make it a specialist car ? Questions, questions ! In times like these, i go by a tried and trusted method -

HEADS OR TAILS !!! :lol:

08-12-2005, 06:04 PM
I think its ugly not my cup of tea @ all

08-12-2005, 06:20 PM
Defo a specialist.

08-12-2005, 07:39 PM
The Type-D GT Syracuse is a limited run of 100. However, full production of other model Type-Ds will begin next year. Public launch will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2006. They are hoping to have a car on the hill climb.

08-12-2005, 07:57 PM
Just noticed that the pictures that I posted were not of the Syracuse. They are of a standard Type-D - the Syracuse has a large spoiler on the back. I've edited the description of the photos.

Mat C
08-12-2005, 08:32 PM
Hmm, interesting ! Autocar shows the very pictures you've posted though they mention the type D quite a bit. They refer to it as the Type-D GT Syracuse.

08-12-2005, 11:10 PM
Looks like a Triumph Herald from the front...........

09-12-2005, 12:33 PM
That looks ****, the front end reminds me of a messed up golf.

09-12-2005, 01:48 PM
Sumo, I know what you mean - the Vitesse type (13/60?)

Here's a couple of pictures of the Syracuse, from the flyer:

Mat C
09-12-2005, 01:57 PM
The gold one looks cool, apart from it's twisted rear spoiler !

09-12-2005, 03:44 PM
The glass roof reminds me of the Barracuda top scheduled for the TF, but looking at the gold picture at those angles, it seems to be a halfway-morph between a Nissan 350Z and Audi TT.