Tushek Renovatio T500
Slovenia joins the supercar race
It’s a fussy looking thing. Blame its Attack K1 kit car origins (though I rather like the suspension pushing out of the front carbon fibre panel). The wedgy, edgy lines are straight from the inside cover of a schoolboy’s jotter - if, indeed, they still use such things. It's an old-school supercar then, created by Alojoša Tušek, a Slovenian ex-racer who got tired of the on-track softness and inaccuracy of supercars. So, doing what we would all do with a contacts book containing carbon fibre manufacturers and racing people, Tušek decided he could do better.
That’s kind of the point. Tušek wants his car to be driven. Hard, and on track. The purchase price includes two years of trackday support, based on five events each year. This car, the third produced so far (the other two having been sold) has undertaken over 27,000 miles of testing - most of it on track - to ensure it’s up to the task. The hubs and the suspension are man enough for slicks, though even on Conti Force Contact road tyres there’s no shortage of grip. It’s the lateral G figure of 1.7 that Alojoša gets most excited about. The 3.7-second 0-62mph time is largely academic to him, likewise the 192mph top speed.
Not that it’s lacking in grip. The 305/30 R19 rear tyres are barely troubled by the engine’s output. It feels properly quick too, the feeling enhanced significantly by the niggling thought that it’s you and you alone who has to sort it out should you get it wrong. Not that the T500 is a seat-chewing, monster of a car. In fact, it proves to be quite the contrary. There's a sophistication to the drive that belies - or comes entirely courtesy of - its simplicity.
Those brakes? They’re okay. Obviously they’d work a bit better with some heat in them, but they’re not the stab, hope then grab you get with some carbon setups. The electrically-assisted hydraulic steering delivers speed and accuracy, backed up by fine weighting and decent feel. It’s not dissimilar to the Lotus Exige S in feel, and works better at low speed than the Hethel machine.
The engine sounds glorious too, especially when it’s routed through the higher-mounted pipes of the racing exhaust option. Choose that and the T500 loses the compartment to stow the jigsaw puzzle-like roof, but your ears will tell you it's worth the sacrifice.
Its a good looking car (some minor detailing aside), and has all the right ingredients I'd look for, with regards to weight, layout, engine etc..
At £100k it would probably shift quite a few, but there's alot of other exclusive ways to spend £240K!
Just puts some perspective on what a relative performance bargain the new Exige actually is..
The K1 looks better, and is a better bet all round (if you can find one for sale)
I'm sure this is a bit of a beast but the pricing just seems ridiculous.
I think it's an ace car and I would have one if I could afford it like I can afford a £1k shed. There's no point 'ordinary' people moaning about the price as they are not trying to sell them to us...