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It turns out that the McLaren F1 project was a point of departure for its creators. Gordon Murray, the chief designer, went his own way and is preparing to revolutionize the city car. Several of his colleagues stayed at McLaren's road car division to develop the Mercedes SLR, while others presumably returned to the racing division. A few former McLaren engineers went on to work on the Caparo T1, and now another one of the designers, Jim Dowle, has revealed plans for his own sportscar.

Although the car is just entering the clay-model stage and doesn't even have a name yet, PistonHeads has some preliminary details. Dowle's sportscar will reportedly carry a £35k price tag and will target the Lotus Exige but be more usable. The target weight is 870kg, and while the definitive powertrain has yet to be determined, the package calls for 200 horsepower mounted in the middle of the aluminum/carbon chassis. We'll have to keep our eyes pealed, because if the project ever makes it to even limited production, it promises to be one hell of a ride.

[Source: PistonHeads]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      i realize that i am nit-picking here, and this is just a sketch, but how do you open the door when the window goes well into the rear quarter panel?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The grille looks too much like the Kia Kee concept.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At first glance, I said to myself, "Baby Veyron?"

      quite a difference between £35k and $1.5 millions...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Supercharged 2.0l K20 Honda Type R engine please! Easily 300bhp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They mean "targets" right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Uh...Gordon Murray DID work on the SLR.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's just an illustration, but it shows promise.
      kiff
      • 7 Years Ago
      peeled, not pealed.

      Main Entry:
      1 peal
      Pronunciation:
      ˈpēl
      Function:
      noun
      Etymology:
      Middle English, appeal, summons to church, short for appel appeal, from appelen to appeal
      Date:
      14th century

      1 a: the loud ringing of bells b: a complete set of changes on a given number of bells c: a set of bells tuned to the tones of the major scale for change ringing2: a loud sound or succession of sounds
      • 7 Years Ago
      No, targest is totally a word... hooray for editing!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'll try my darn targest to ignore it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ... *CRAVES*
      • 7 Years Ago
      The design looks unrealistic, and unimaginative.

      It looks like someone would draw that for a comic book, not to say that is a bad thing.

      But it doesn't seem to be purposeful, or even particularly graceful as sports cars go. It is merely a slightly different variation on the basic framework of a mid-engined sports car.

      From someone who helped create what I think was a watershed car, and one of the single most original car designs in the last quarter century, at LEAST; the McLaren F1, this effort seems quite unoriginal on the surface.

      Lines just to have lines, shapes just to have shapes, and the whole thing is not conveying any passion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      eeds some work,
      i don't like so much
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