GRINNALL - MORE SCORPIONS!
Scorpion IV on the up after move to new premises
The Worcestershire-based firm first revealed the unique open-wheeler all the way back in 2000 after successfully transplanting the styling of its radical three-wheel Scorpion III. But lack of space in the farm-building factory and demand for the firm's BMW motorbike based trikes meant that production of this promising Caterham rival with its 1.8-litre turbo Audi engine never took off.
"We expect to ramp up production [of the Scorpian IV] to 20 a year, and we could make more than that," Mark Grinnall told us. The company moves to the one hectare site, also in Worcestershire, later this year with production starting in spring.
He's also expecting greater demand for the Scorpion III under plans to obtain European type approval for the car, which would massively increase its market reach.
The Scorpion IV costs £29,995 right now with 225hp from the mid-mounted Audi engine, although that can be increased to 300hp (as you'll find in the 2006 car advertised on PH). Boring out the reconditioned engines to two litres can take power to 500hp, which in a 680kg car should rattle the eyeballs nicely.
The potential for further bespoke tuning has been proven by Saab parts supplier Neo, which has a Scorpion running a 1.8-litre turbo Saab engine it says makes 420hp. Mark also tells us he has revised the geometry on the front suspension that should answer criticisms from some quarters that its handling didn't quite match the power levels.