Spartan V trackday racer finally ready for prime time [w/video]

A few things have changed since the
Spartan V track car was announced
almost three years ago. Back in 2010, the red open-top sportscar from
Australia was slated to be a 661-pound apex-hugger with 170 horsepower coming from a 1,200-cc
Ducati engine. The slinky red bodywork remains, but the engine now comes from
Honda: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turns the output wick up to 250 hp. Opt for the supercharger and benefit from 400 horsepower. Weight has predictably gone up as well, the Spartan V now clocking in at 1,100 pounds, while top speed has come down from 173 miles per hour to 149 mph.

With just enough of an interior to keep you on the paved bits, the Spartan V still shouldn’t have any problem going fast, though, as the video
below proves. There will be just 300 made, and the price quoted in Spartan’s press release
below is $95,000 – we’ll assume that US dollars. The price in Australia is $79,000 AUD (about $82,000 US), so you can save yourself a few large if you already have a second home Down Under.

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Aussie Spartan: superlight supercar

Spartan, the Australian-made supercar, redefines the rules of lightweight performance. At just

500kg, the carbon fibre, alloy and minimalist two-seater packs a Honda 2.0-litre four-cylinder

designed purely to tear up the track.

Designed and developed in Sydney, the Spartan is a low volume sports car designed for the

track car enthusiast. It runs a four-cylinder engine taken from an Integra Type-R squeezing out

an impressive 186kW (250hp), with a supercharged option 300kW (400hp).

With lightweight shell bucket seats, essential-only interior and CAD suspension and braking

components, the Spartan has blistering performance. But it’s the track that the Spartan is

designed for and with its Yokohama R-spec track tyres and featherweight, the Spartan is

supremely agile and nimble through the turns, reinforcing the maxim of less weight is always

better than more power.

Selling for around $95,000, video and more information on the Spartan is available from

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