• May 11, 2006
Legendary British engine designer Al Melling (right) is reported to be in the final stages of developing an all-new British supercar - the Melling Hellcat - for a November launch.
The Hellcat will be powered by a 700-hp Melling-developed 6-liter V10. Rather than using conventional castings, the engine block and cylinder heads for the new engine are said to be milled from billet aluminum. The front-engine, rear-drive car will feature a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and body, with a projected curb weight of only 2,640 lb. Power and light weight are projected to combine for 0-60 mph performance in the 2.8 second range.

Melling (aka "Mr. Horsepower" in Britain) has been working on V10s for some time, designing a ten-cylinder powerplant for the abortive Lola Formula 1 project in the late '90s, and continuing prototype V10 development for a stillborn F1 engine lease program.

Not content with building a limited production road car, Melling apparently plans to develop a GT1-class racing version of the Hellcat, to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette and Aston Martin DBR9 in the 2007 running of the Le Mans endurance classic.

[Sources: PistonHeads, Melling Consultancy Design]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      From the sound of it, the Hellcat will make the Bugatti Veyron look about as sophisticated as Fred Flintstones car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      fantastic car nice guy
      • 8 Years Ago
      On what planet is a W-16 engine with four turbochargers unsophisticated?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now this is what I call an engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO DRIVE A BEAUTY LIKE THIS,
      THIS COULD BE USED FOR ORGANISED CRIME , OR WORSE
      THE OLD BILL MIGHT PICK THIS UP ABROAD OR IS THIS FOR THE FILM INDUSTRY .............?