• Jul 5, 2006

After a year's worth of regulatory difficulty, Australia's Elfin Sports Car Company will finally start production on the stunning MS8 Streamliner. The Holden-styled roadster promises stunning performance, with its 325-hp 5.7L V8 reacting against only 2,315 lbs, but difficulty was encountered getting the vehicle through the Australia Design Rules (ADR) certification process. Particularly, the General Motors GenIII V8 was reluctant to perform within the prescribed noise limits, but a work-around was found that does not cause a reduction in rated output power.

Hanging from a tubular space frame, the suspension has all the adjustability one would expect from a racecar, and 13.5" front brakes with six-pot calipers (the rears are an inch smaller and shy two pistons) promise fade-free performance during lap sessions. Far from being a stripped-down track-only device, though, the ES8 provides features such as cruise control, traction control, and ABS, and the interior appears to be livable enough to make setting the idea of setting the cruise somewhat plausible.  

As everyone should have guessed by now, we shouldn't expect such a vehicle to make it to the US. Those living Down Under can place an order with Elfin and expect to receive a vehicle in about three months, and with a price tag starting around $120K AUD (that's just shy of $90K USD).

More photos after the jump...

[Sources: Carpoint Australia and Elfin]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not use GM's lightweight all aluminum 505-horsepower LS7 7.0-liter V8 engine? Or if needed just retune it by simply swapping the camshaft for 100 hp less or more horsepower.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Serpentor, that's just nuts. There certainly is a thing a too much horsepower. That's why F1 cars have traction control. A street car with that much power can easily overpower the rear tires, especially in the wet. Think 427 Cobra. Many of them end up wrapped around a tree or into the wall on a track. And that's with a good driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I realize these small car companies probably don't have the development budget, but I'm tired of these sculpted car bodies with holes cut out so headlights can be shoved in. boring.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nice. really nice. lets hope there isn't limited production. i think it looks like a softtop-if they made it a hardtop, that would be nicer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The car looks fantastic. For $90,000 it's not really that bad considering it weighs so little. I would be this car could run a high 11 second quarter mile with that 325hp. The flip up doors make this car that much better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Plus the fact that this car is already around 2 or 3 years old so they just had the LS1. And from magazine tests I've read, it already oversteers more than an old 911 Turbo, so a 500hp engine would just be stupid.