• Feb 17, 2009
Click above for an image gallery of the Vision Sportscars Minotaur

We love the fact that there's a cottage industry in Britain dedicated to producing small batches of interesting vehicles, but we're still trying to wrap our heads around the new Minotaur from Vision Sportscars. A mid-mounted Chevy V8 putting out 350 hp is always a welcome sight, as is a low 2,500-pound curb weight. A transaxle cribbed from Renault handles the shifting duties and sends the engine's prodigious thrust back to the rear wheels.

Lift the rear hatch and you'll be greeted by a stunning set of long-tube headers and exhaust bends that rival the old bundle-of-snakes design from the seminal GT40 from Ford. As far as we can tell, everything under the skin looks great. The big problem, though, is the skin itself. Penned by Greek designer John Forakis, the Minotaur looks to our eyes like a '90s-era kitcar and isn't exactly what we'd call pretty, or even purposeful. Check out our gallery below and judge for yourself.


[Source: Vision Sportscars via PistonHeads]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a heck of a lot of the design was lifted from the British made Panther Solo which originated in the mid to late 1980s. It didn't work then and isn't flying now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Usually I'm tolerant of different designs... but this is very ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Front end = 1st-generation FIAT Multipla.
      Look it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see nothing of what you're speaking of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It lookes like a mixture of a koenigsegg with Ascari lights at the front and McLaren SLR tails lights, the interior is the poorest i have seen in a supercar for long long time!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Only 350 from an SBC? They need to bring this to some redneck in Alabama to work it over.
      dan
      • 5 Years Ago
      am I really the only one who knows that this car doesn't just look like a mid-90's kit car but in fact IS and WAS a mid-90's kit car? reallllllllllly? wow. This is merely the latest rebirth of a design that IS another good-to-drive but OTT-styled design. It's one of those kit cars whose molds have been sold in nearly as many copies as the kit itself. c'mon autoblog....

      originally designed in 1993:

      http://www.minotaursportscars.co.uk/history.htm
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dan
        Well, that explains why it has a 10 year old motor in it.

        Thanks for finding that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to disagree with Autoblog on this one. This is a radically cool looking car. Finally, a designer that isn't afraid to color outside the lines. They did an excellent job of consistently using the same radiuses and curves throughout the entire vehicle. That kind of aesthetic is quite rare. Most modern designers can't do that. Examples are the Corvette where the front use large curves and soft angles, but the back end is chopped off with sharp edges. The prior Honda CRV is another example where the hood and headlights were gently curving, but the rear D pillars and hatch had mismatching sharp corners.

      This Minotaur is definitely cool.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly ugly ugly!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        no it looks like its from the 90s
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that it isn't the best looking vehicle, I give the creators props for designing a car that doesn't ripoff another brand!

        I also respect them for designing a new car to their specifications (I would love to do the same)
      • 5 Years Ago
      YUK!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. It's ok. I have a very long list to finish before I go after this
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now that's what you call CRAPTASTIC!
      • 5 Years Ago
      the head lights and tail lights are from Peugeot 206
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awful.
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