• May 25, 2006


The accompanying pictures are vidcaps from a Sky News piece about Al Melling's new supercar - the Melling Hellcat. As the video shows, Melling has a running prototype of the V10-powered car. (Watch the video here.)

The prototype looks rather racy, sporting Viper-style like pipes, and in an interview the designer confirms he's taking the new sportscar to Le Mans in 2007.

More interesting still is this story, which maintains that not only will Melling build four cars a month in his Rochdale, U.K. factory, but he has also inked a deal with Roush Industries to build 100 cars a month in the U.S.! While one has to wonder about the predicted production volume, the USA/UK badging on the prototype certainly suggests there's something to the story.

Stay tuned!

[Sources: Rochdale Observer via Pistonheads, Sky News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      That's true Proud Japanese, but you still haven't mentioned a 700bhp Japanese car. You ever see the video of the motorized scooter beating a Firehawk? I have, point is wieght and engine tweeking make a whole lot of difference in a ring. Find a Viper that wieghs the same as an NSX-R. Because everyone knows that a Viper is a fatass compared to the NSX.
      • 8 Years Ago
      that engine sounds horrible,the car is ugly,but it kinda looks like a TVR tuscan,an enzo ferrari could kick its butt though.........
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thats fine, I'm sure the Blue Devil will be ready for it ;).
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like a ten-year-old concept car, or something.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ............................................................................................................................................(zap!)

      Whoa, sorry there, I had to wipe the drool from my keyboard.

      Where can I sign up for one of those delicious british coupe's!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow... no one else noticed that it's basically a heavily reworked Nissan 350Z?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who can't hear any V10 engine. It sounds like a 4 cylinder engine to me.

      Even when the driver was to overtake the camera-car, the engine sounded awful..

      • 8 Years Ago
      WillDaThrill, American muscle is hardly useful when the new Dodge Viper gets beat around the ring by the NSX-R with 200hp less by over 12 seconds.

      8:13 --- 150.426 km/h -- Dodge Viper SRT-10, 506 hp (sport auto, 10/04)

      7:56.73 155.569 km/h -- Honda NSX-R (Best Motoring)
      Here is the video
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7014510364856677447&q=best+motoring+NSX

      Looks like it's the American muscle that can't hand with Japanese cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's funny, new ZO6 smoked your precious NSX-R around the 'ring.
      Moody Dutchman
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would look good on a race track,(but not for city driving) but seriously it looks as ridiculous as the possible new Camaro coming out in 2007.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the 'Defender' from the Viper TV show.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems by many peoples comments that they are unaware of the performance of the Hellcat. The figures alone are very impressive, but the fact that this has been engineered by one of the most famous engine designers in Britain, Al Melling it should be of a very high standard. He has designed engines for TVR, Jaguar, and Lola, possibly Ferrari and Maserati as well but i cannot be certain about this.
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