• Jul 22, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the IFR Automotive Aspid

IFR Automotive is a design and technology company based in Spain that we've never heard of, but they're in London right now for the 2008 British Motor Show to debut the Aspid, a new featherweight "luxury" sportscar powered by a 400bhp supercharged 2.0L four-cylinder. Combined with a curb weight of just 1,543 lbs., the Aspid can reportedly reach 62 mph in an astonishing 2.8 seconds. IFR is fervent that the Aspid is not a stripped down track day special, but a full road car, hence the "luxury" modifier. It sure looks like Caterham circa 2055, but IFR claims that it's gone to the ends of the earth to keep the Aspid's weight in check while keeping the car suitable for road use. The Aspid sits on an aluminum extrusion composite paneled chassis weighing just 175 lbs., and all of its suspension components are aluminum as well. IFR also reduced the complexity of the car's electrical system, deleting processors and wires wherever it could. Rather than a bank of gauges staring back at you in the cockpit, drivers will instead find touch screens that relay all essential info and allow extreme customization of the car's mechanicals. You can change the rev limit, valve timing, overall power output, brake balance, ride height and a whole lot more all from the comfort of the driver's seat. Plus there's a nav system, wi-fi and a whole smorgesborg of telecom technologies stuffed inside. And did we mention it can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds? Damn.


[Source: IFR Automotive]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      When you think about this design, it should look terrible, but somehow, it looks right. Maybe its because everything is so functional, or that every piece seems to be of high quality. I like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a combo of Lego and left over car parts

      Nice sidevent deek...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'd say you're serious about saving weight when you have a carbon fiber steering wheel...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but with all that carbon, what will be it's carbon footprint?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The words 'sow's ear' come to mind

      I'd never be seen dead driving this fuglymobile


        • 6 Years Ago
        haha! thats the trick you wouldn't be caught
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is so ugly it resembles a monkey's knuckle

      Whoever designed it needs to have their pencils taken away
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like it. it would make the perfect weekend racer. smoke anyone at the lights, and im sure it would keep up with amateur sport bikers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although it may haul, its lights look like they would blow off if you went over 80 mph.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is this? did someone lose a bet in design class? Or is this an attempt to channel the Plymouth Prowler/Panoz AIV/Diva Raodster Kit Car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Must you all be so shallow to judge only by looks? Sure, this car may not win a car show, but that's not what it's designed to do. It's designed to win a road race!

      The GTR is an ugly pig yet no one seems to complain (I'm not complaining either) simply because the things that the car can do are b-e-a-utiful.

      This car is a weekend racer's wet dream. Adjustable EVERYTHING! This car would do wicked, wicked things on an autcross track or road course....or even at the drag strip!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice Pontiac Vibe air vents
      • 6 Years Ago
      Me personally, i like it.
      I also agree that it's ugly in a good masculine type of way.
      Certainly doesn't look like a chick car, that's a strong point IMO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      smorgesborg smorgasbord
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