British sports car startup Avatar has just taken the wraps off its first production car, packing a Ford EcoBoost engine and a spaceframe chassis – indeed an interesting mix.
The model will make its first live appearance in front of the public during the 2017 Performance Car Show in Birmingham, U.K., and comes swiftly after a first prototype was shown last year. It comes with at least 100 revisions, according to the company and its heart and soul is in the initial stage a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine packing 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts) (we’re reading Focus ST credentials). Because it’s very light, with a dry weight of just 1,532 pounds (695 kilograms) – the Roadster will sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in a mere four seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 145 mph (233 km/h).
But those craving for more can go for the 2.3-liter turbocharged engine taken from the Focus RS, which takes the 60 mph (96 km/h) time to just 3.6 seconds. The power is managed by a six-speed manual box or an optional seven-speed paddle-shift sequential racing gearbox. While at this weight you would expect just the bare essentials, the Avatar Roadster actually has a full leather interior, a heater, air conditioning, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto in standard trim – though you do have to pay extra for the roof. Avatar has opted for a spaceframe chassis and a composite body, so the “pure track experience” comes courtesy of the full roll cage, fire extinguisher (just in case), data logger, and GoPro HD camera compatibility. Pricing kicks off at £39,990.