Curvaceous Ducati-powered track toy honours ancient warrior race (honestly)
Question: what connects graphic artist Frank Miller, an ancient civilisation, and a Ducati motorcycle? The answer, most unexpectedly, is this - the Spartan-V track car.
Built by Spartan, a small Australian company, this curvy little track-only speedster uses a 170 horsepower 1199cc Ducati motor to power along a steel spaceframe chassis and carbon fibre body that weighs a scarcely credible 300kg.
As a result the Spartan-V, claim its makers, is capable of 175mph and of sprinting to 62mph in a mere 3.0secs.
More weirdly, the car has been created, according to the company website, "in honour of the brave Spartans that fought so many years ago, so there will only be 300 Spartan-V track cars manufactured worldwide." (There's your Frank Miller connection).
Deposits for the Spartan-V are being taken now, and the total price will be $90,000AUD (£55k).
Spartan-V tech spec:
ENGINE: Ducati 1198S CAPACITY: 1199cm³ POWER: 170HP WEIGHT: Less than 300kg BRAKES: Front & Rear - Wilwood lightweight 300mm ventilated and scalloped rotors, Wilwood 4-piston billet calipers and Wilwood rotor hats PEDALS: Tilton racing pedal assembly with remote brake bias WHEELS: 17 x 7 inch lightweight race wheels TYRES: 205/45 R17 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed sequential SUSPENSION: Fully adjustable double wishbone front and rear with QA1 adjustable lightweight shock absorbers (OHLINS suspension upgrade available) STEERING: Woodward Racing quick ratio steering rack and collapsible steering column, Sparco quick release steering hub, Sparco Formula steering wheel INSRUMENTS: Ducati 1198 Digitek LCD dash SEATS: Sparco competition FIA-approved racing seats, Sparco Racing FIA-approved 5 or 6 point harnesses FINAL DRIVE: Drexler Motorsport Formula chain drive LSD CHASSIS: Trellis design spaceframe - 350Mpa DOM mild steel tubing with roll-over protection. FIA-approved roll bar optional BODY: Carbon-fibre PERFORMANCE: 0-100km/h: 3 seconds TOP SPEED: 280km/h PRICE: $90,000AUD
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