These are the initial teaser images of the first model to emerge from all-new British luxury sports car maker, David Brown Automotive.
While the name may evoke mental images of your maths teacher attempting to start his own car company, the founder has sought out a skilled team to bring the new car to market.
Among the key players is Alan Mobberley, who was chief designer at Land Rover for 19 years until 2005.
“I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it’s not something anyone really offers. So, I’ve created it myself.” – David Brown
“I wanted all the impact and style of a classic sports car, but with modern capabilities and conveniences. This is what I want in a car, but it’s not something anyone really offers. So, I’ve created it myself,” said David.
The car itself, codenamed ‘Project Judi’ will be a strictly limited numbers affair when it goes on sale following its official unveiling in April.
Using the accomplished Jaguar XKR as its base, the new car features a bespoke exterior and interior design.
Underneath the skin, the drivetrain is untouched from the XKR, with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine firing 503bhp at the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The car’s claimed performance figures are encouraging, with the 0-60mph sprint dispatched in 4.6 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
“As reliability is vital, we chose to adopt a thoroughly proven and acclaimed chassis that not only delivers dynamic performance but also lends itself to our lightweight aluminium design. Renowned for its performance and handling, the XKR has been extensively developed and refined by one of the world’s greatest car manufacturers, making it an obvious choice on which to base our car,” David explained.
‘Project Judi’ will be officially revealed to the world at the Top Marques Show in Monaco, on April 17.
February 13, 2014