A new supercar is brewing, one with the performance and looks to rival a Bugatti Veyron. The project is taking place in Australia, of all places, and right now is in its very early stages.
The new supercar, which hasn’t even received a name yet, is the brainchild of Australian entrepreneur Paul Halstead. The 67-year-old, who made his fortune in the IT business, has long dreamed of building his own car and came close to accomplishing it during the 1980s.
It is this engine, the race-bred LS7, that will serve as the basis of Halstead’s new supercar, albeit it with a twist: two of the engines, rolled over at 45 degrees, will be bolted together and used to power the wheels. Instead of merging their internals to form a single crankshaft, like in the aforementioned Veyron, which essentially features two V-8s on a common crank, Halstead explains that a “trick” transfer case will allow the two separate crankshafts of the LS7s to match up with a single six-speed sequential gearbox.
An estimated peak output of 1,200 horsepower will be derived from the 14.0 liters of swept capacity, which will then be channeled to the rear wheels via the sequential ‘box and a limited-slip differential. The mighty powerplant will be mounted to a lightweight carbon fiber tub and housed in a svelte body composed of more carbon fiber and Kevlar.
Yeah, when one race-inspired massive V8 don’t do it for ya, let’s just bolt another one on there and really let ‘er rip!
The drawing in the story shows something that looks like the offspring of an F-22 and a Formula-1 racecar. The driver sits in the center of the car and forward with 2 passenger seats pretty much one over each of the driver’s shoulders. In order to get the look he wants, Halstead is dispensing with doors and having the canopy slide back, fighter-jet style. No word on the price but, like the saying goes, if ya gotta ask…