Affordable sports cars
Almost all the sports cars are expensive and are out of reach for an average car buyer, but it does not mean that you have to miss out on the fun that a sports car has to offer. Today, we will talk about some of the sports cars that are affordable and are fun to drive as well.
List of sports cars:
Ginetta G40 Junior
The British company Ginetta has been producing handmade road and race cars for more than 60 years and has gained a reputation for being one of the well-known British race car brands. The Ginetta G40 Junior is based on the G40 platform and offers the best introduction to sports car racing for beginners. The car only weighs 830kg and is powered by Ford’s 1.8L Zetec engine producing 100hp with a top speed of 120mph (193km/h). The G40 junior has all the features one expects from a track-focused car and still, it is road legal. The car is best suited for young enthusiasts who want to get their hands on an entry-level race car. It’s affordable price of just £3500+VAT (€39,270) further makes it an attractive option.
The Australian company ACR industries and their project Stryker are a relatively newer entrant in the affordable sports car niche, the Stryker is based on a modern interpretation of the iconic Shelby Cobra combining performance with reliability and comfort. The car is available in a soft-top or a removable hardtop version. It is designed to accept all the mechanicals including the engine, suspension, and even the dashboard from Ford FG Falcon XR8, and can be assembled with basic tools and knowledge.
The Stryker is based on a unique computer designed aluminum monocoque chassis with 16 individually hand-laid fiberglass body panels. ACR is supplying the soft top version with body and chassis (including doors, bonnet, and boot lid) at $25000 (€21,260) and the hard-top version with the same parts for $28,000 (€23,811).
Founded in 2012, the company’s founders aimed to produce a sports car that was easy to purchase and maintain for an average customer. Zenos currently manufactures and sells three variants of a lightweight and high-performance car known as E10. The E10’s front looks like a miniature version of a Mclaren, which should not come as a surprise since the company’s cofounder had a working experience at Mclaren.
The single purpose of E10 is to deliver an exhilarating performance that comes from its mid mounted 2.0L engine that pushes out 200hp and 210Nm of torque, making it possible to clock 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds. Thanks to the use of extensive lightweight components the E10 weighs only 700kg. A wide array of customizations can be ordered depending upon the customer's taste. The upper variants known as the E10s and E10r can essentially be called E10 on steroids, as they provide considerably more punch than the standard E10. The base variant E10 starts at $39,500 (€33,590).
The Bertini GT25 is a kit car that is built on the iconic BMW Z3. The body panels of GT25 can be fitted to all the versions of Z3, the Z3 was produced between 1995 and 2003 and is available relatively cheap. The Bertini retains the doors, screen, and soft top of the original BMW vehicle, only the bonnet, boot lid, bumpers, wings, and lights are removed and replaced with the body panels of GT25, for which minimal modification is required. The GT25 aims to combine British-Italian style with German reliability and it successfully does so. Bearing in mind the impressive style and looks, the kit isn't expensive and costs only $6300 (€5,357).
DDR Grullón GT8
The DDR Grullón GT8 is another affordable kit supercar that is based on the 1997-2002 Chevrolet Corvette C5. Though the kit is priced competitively and includes several parts, it still lacks many important parts required to build a complete car. Nearly all the body parts, lights, and dashboard are provided in the kit, the rest of the parts (donor parts) are to be purchased separately. Donor parts (parts not included in the kit but are needed to build the car) are approximately 50% Corvette C5 parts and 50% Porsche Boxster parts.
When completely assembled, the car provides enticing looks that are nothing short of an expensive supercar. The 5.7L V8 engine from the C5 corvette provides close to 350hp and 495Nm of torque. The DDR Grullón GT8 kit costs $17,995 (€15,303).
Reborn classic car brands
It is not out of the ordinary to see deadiconic car brands being revived again, Volkswagen officially bought Bugatti back to life in 2000 and now Bugatti produces one of world’s best hypercars. There are several such car brands as Bugatti that were closed due to unfavorable conditions butrecently, they have been bought back from the grave and now their new management is trying its best to bring them back into the limelight. Here are some such exotic car brands:
The French luxury automobile company was founded in 1905 by Louis Delage and started its production of cars by a single cylinder engine car and then gradually moved to four and six cylinder cars. Delage automobiles bagged victories in several racing competitions and made a name for itself. The company was taken over by Delahaye in 1935 but maintained its original heritage. Depressed financial conditions after the WW2 and the government taxes on engine above 2000cc forced the Delage automobiles to cease its production. Nowadays, finely maintained Delage classic cars costs around millions of dollars.
The company was bought back to life in November 2019. A hybrid supercar D12 is planned to mark the re-emergence of the brand in the market, the D12 is a hybrid supercar powered by a mid-positioned 7.6l V12 that generates 900hp coupled with electric motors generating 330hp, combined together the car has 1230hp mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Weighing at only 1400kg, the car takes its styling clues from F1 cars and fighter jets. Production is set to begin in 2021 with a price tag of $3 million and only 30 Delage D12 are planned to be produced.
The Austro-Hungarian automaker remained in the business from 1899 to 1934, the company built their first twin cylinder 4hp car in 1900 and then moved on to manufacturing different engines for a variety of customers including trucks, buses and trains. Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the famous carmaker Porsche worked as a technical engineer at Austro Daimler and also helped in the reforming the brand but unfortunately abandoned the company in 1923 when the financial woes increased.
The company re surfaced in 2019 with a plug in hybrid supercar called Bergmeister ADR 630, powered by AMG’s 4.0l inline six cylinder engine that combined with three electric motors produces 1,198hp and 1600Nm of torque, this is enough to pull the car from a standstill to 60mph in just 2.5 seconds and a claimed top speed of 200mph. The ADR 630 resembles quite a lot with the Mercedes AMG GT and also shares some body parts with it. The longer front and a bulkier yet compact rear end gives the car a unique road presence.
The Alvis car company
The company was originally named TG John and Co.Ltd and was founded in 1919. Their first car model 10/30 gained fame due to its excellent built quality, the company also worked as a sub-contractor for rolls Royce during the second world war. Their most iconic car, the Alvis TF21, was launched in 1966 and had a top speed of 127mph. After remaining in the car manufacturing business for 47 years, Alvis ceased production in 1967.
The Alvis car company has now resumed the limited production of its iconic models that are loyal to their original design language and thanks to the integration of modern technology are emission compliant. One of the cars is the Bertelli sports coupe, it is powered by a 4.3l six-cylinder engine that can go to 60mph from a standstill in 10 seconds. The production of the sports coupe is limited to only 25 units.
The three wheeled P50 has the honor of being recognized as the world’s smallest car, the original P50 was made from 1962 to 1965 by Peel engineering company. The car’s equipment only comprised of a single headlight and a windscreen wiper and there was no reverse gear, instead it had to be physically pushed when required. The car costed £199 in 1963 and only 50 units were produced. One of the Peel P50 was sold at a record $176,000 at an auction in 2016.
In 2010, Peel engineering decided to bring the iconic car back into the market, but with a few modifications. The exterior is 100% same but in order to make it road legal the company had to tweak the suspension, steering and drive train, and the car has now an actual reverse gear. Interestingly the newer P50 produces less power (3.35hp) than the older one (4.2hp). Petrol variant costs £14,879 whereas electric variant is also available and is priced at £13,679. The top speed for both the variants is a whopping 45km/h and it was reported in 2018 that the company sells around fifteen vehicles annually.
Vanwall was a racing team which actively participated in the Formula One during the 1950s and has the record of winning the Constructors championship trophy by beating Ferrari in 1958. The company founder tony Vandervell was an industrialist who donated a healthy amount of his fortune building a racing car company that would later beat Ferrari. The company had a troubling start but eventually refined their race cars which led to the 1958 victory. Unfortunately, Vanwall starting to crumble after 1958 partly due to the illness of Tony Vandervell and 1961 was the last year any Vandervell car raced.
In order to commemorate the 1958 victory of Vanwall over Ferrari, the Vanwall group which is the successor to Vanwall racing team has decided to build six Vanwall cars, each to the same specifications as the original one. The company will use blueprint drawings to make every part according to original specifications and it will take them thousands of skilled hours to build just six of the Vanwall vw5.
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