Porsche-powered endurance racer from South Africa

Porsche-powered endurance racer from South Africa

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Another day and details of another crazy-fast supercar are released. This latest project is the brainchild of Chris Barnard, a designer with a passion for endurance racing. The car is simply called the Barnard and it should be quite the hypercar. Built on a high-tech steel monocoque, it looks like a Le Mans racecar, which is pretty much what it is. The exotic vehicle is designed, sourced and built entirely in South Africa.

The development car is powered by a twin-turbo Porsche V8 cranking out 617 horsepower. That should be good for a 0-to-100kph time of well under 4 seconds, with a top speed of more than 300 km/h, although the platform is said to be solid all the way up to 400 km/h. Being more race car than road car, the Barnard has a composite body with racing-derived aerodynamics.

The high-tech Domex and Docoal steels used in the construction are light and strong, but easier to shape as well, allowing the Barnard to be personalised to a higher degree than many other contemporary supercars. Expect spectacular performance, but don’t expect power steering, traction control, ABS brakes or power windows. Deliveries are expected to start by the middle of the year, with prices starting around $110,000 USD, which could be a bargain price if the Barnard lives up to its growing reputation.

Barnard f

Another day and details of another crazy-fast supercar are released. This latest project is the brainchild of Chris Barnard, a designer with a passion for endurance racing. The car is simply called the Barnard and it should be quite the hypercar. Built on a high-tech steel monocoque, it looks like a Le Mans racecar, which is pretty much what it is. The exotic vehicle is designed, sourced and built entirely in South Africa.

The development car is powered by a twin-turbo Porsche V8 cranking out 617 horsepower. That should be good for a 0-to-100kph time of well under 4 seconds, with a top speed of more than 300 km/h, although the platform is said to be solid all the way up to 400 km/h. Being more race car than road car, the Barnard has a composite body with racing-derived aerodynamics.

The high-tech Domex and Docoal steels used in the construction are light and strong, but easier to shape as well, allowing the Barnard to be personalised to a higher degree than many other contemporary supercars. Expect spectacular performance, but don’t expect power steering, traction control, ABS brakes or power windows. Deliveries are expected to start by the middle of the year, with prices starting around $110,000 USD, which could be a bargain price if the Barnard lives up to its growing reputation.

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