Following DC Avanti’s claim to be the first sportscar coming out of India, we now have Mean Metal Motors claiming another India first – the country’s one and only supercar.
The Indian firm has decided to entice the world with the preliminary details concerning its first model, dubbed the M-Zero. Looking decidedly forgetful, the vehicle is set to bring an aerodynamically designed body manufactured out of a light and cheap material, called “carbo-flax”. Given the Indian safety regulations – pretty nonexistent – we’re unsure how the company plans to marry safety, low cost and lightweighting – but let’s say that for now we can wait and see how the model comes along. It will also have a fingerprint-recognition system used to bring the engine to life and switch between different driving profiles. Designed to have “innate stability, leading to high levels of performance and handling,” the model will also feature a mid-engine architecture. The powertrain is hybrid and marries a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo petrol engine good for at least 500 PS (368 kW) and 700 Nm (517 lb-ft) of torque to a smallish electric motor with a cooling liquid lithium-ion battery pack that comes with another 250 PS (184 kW) and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque.
A combined output has not been detailed yet, but the company has high expectations from its first model – claiming it would be able to sprint to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in under three seconds, with the maximum speed tentatively set at 320 km/h (199 mph). Belonging to 21-year-old entrepreneur Sarthak Paul, MME has announced their first ever model – also India’s first supercar – would be showcased to the worldwide public during the 2016 Paris Motor Show.