The British have a reputation for building some tantalising low-volume cars, such as the Ariel Atom or the V-Storm WR3, and now you can add the Alcraft GT to that list.
The brainchild of start-up Alcraft Motor Company, the Alcraft GT is an electric vehicle due to start low-volume production in 2019, depending on how successful its newly launched crowdfunding campaign will be. At this stage virtual engineering is complete, and the next step is to build a full working prototype.
The brand new Porsche 911 GT3 has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and fans across the world are salivating at the prospect of getting behind the wheel. That’s because this new thoroughbred features a naturally aspirated 4.0L engine developing 493bhp, can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and offers a top speed of 318km/h. Enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that a manual gearbox option returns – the outgoing model featured flappy paddles only, which led to some disgruntled drivers.
If you’ve just spent over $100,000 on a car, you hope that it will at the very least get you out of the driveway, and preferably down the road as well.
Someone has, however, dropped that large sum of money – $106,110,000 to be exact – on a 1:1 full-sized replica (minus drivetrain) of the Porsche 919 Hybrid (2014 edition), which was recently sold by the company via eBay. With just 13 replicas in existence, it’s the first one of its kind to find its way into private hands – generally speaking these models don’t leave the factory.
According the description: “The model car also includes the original signatures of the six Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers that participated at Le Mans 2014 and the WEC 2014 — Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. This is a unique opportunity for a collector, Porsche enthusiast, museum or other public place to obtain this piece.”
The real version of the car features a turbocharged 2.0L V4 engine, paired with a lithium ion battery for energy recovery. Producing around 500hp and with a top speed of 340km/h, it made its competitive debut in the 2014 season at 6 Hours of Silverstone. Proceeds from the auction are going to the SportCares Foundation and Movement, based in Singapore, which was established to improve people’s lives “using sport as a force for social good.”
Although it’s ‘non-functional’, the model does features nifty livery, rotating front wheels and plug in lights. And, if you’ve got a big wall with plenty of free space, it can be wall-mounted. Totally worth it.