• Mar 14th 2007 at 12:28PM
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For those going to Sebring this weekend for the kickoff of the ALMS racing season, you might catch yourself doing a double take when you see this little rocket. What at first may appear to be an Ariel Atom is in fact the new Deronda. Never heard of it? Neither had we. The Deronda is another British project that is making its way to the States. The car is making its public debut at Sebring International Raceway, which seems appropriate as this sub-category of sports cars looks like abandoned Formula 1 cars that have had some basic road requirements added to make them streetable. The formula is simple: use a basic tube frame chassis with double wishbone suspension all around, keep it light with grippy tires and add a decent amount of power. The result is a car that should provide the elemental thrills of a superbike with the surefootedness of a race car.

Although the design is British, the heart is German. The Deronda uses an Audi 1.8-liter, turbo 4 developed by Audi Cosworth Technology. In current tune, it is putting out 250hp. We know for a fact that this engine can easily achieve nearly twice surpass that amount of power after chipping and a few other mods, but 250 is plenty when you only have 1,600 pounds to move around. As it is, the Deronda should be good for a 0-60 in under four seconds. To further confuse the national identity of this rocket, the car will be built in Michigan, just outside Detroit. Autosport Development will handle the assembly in Trenton, Michigan, and the car will be distributed by Sirius Motorsports starting in May. No prices were available, but with Atom prices in the $40-50 thousand range, we expect the Deronda to be in the same ballpark.

[Source: Deronda USA via Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why always two seats?! I very much doubt people (especially in the US) would buy these for anything other than a track car. Even if they are to be driven on the road it really seems like its meant for the solo high speed traveler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The power to weight ratio of this car will be amazing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope it is cheaper then the atom, as the atom is alot better looking then this. On paper the stats seem better on the atom too, the atom weighs in at 1071lbs with either 220 or 300bhp. This car seems a little outgunned at 1600lbs and 250hp.

      Something about this car just does not flow, kinda like the older Ford Indigo from 1996. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Indigo
      • 8 Years Ago
      That thing has a lot of lights!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I look at this and can't help but think... Ford Indigo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks like a lot of fun
      • 8 Years Ago
      "We know for a fact that this engine can easily achieve nearly twice that amount of power after chipping and a few other mods"

      What are the few other mods again? I've seen APR cars hit the mid 300s but I've yet to see a 1.8 putting out 500HP. If that were possible, or common place in the tuning world, the MTM bi-moto TT would have 1000 HP. If anyone could do it, it'd be MTM. Some linkage would be very much appreciated.
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