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HTT Plethore LC-750 - Click above for high-res image gallery

"I'm not an engineer. I'm an electrician," Luc Chartrand admits through his thick Quebecois accent. I believe him. Chartrand, a former karting and stock-car driver, is the lone designer, engineer and founder of HTT, a Montreal-based supercar upstart, unveiling the first prototype of his 11-year masterwork at SEMA: The Plethore LC-750.

Comprised of a carbon fiber architecture and body with an integrated (and supposedly soon-to-be) FIA-certified roll-cage, the Plethora could be the first production vehicle simultaneously approved for both the road and the track, and since high-level competition is close to Chartrand's heart, it's a necessity -- he wants to see the Plethore competing in the American LeMans series.

To hang with the big boys at the upper echelons of motorsport, the Plethore has to be more than a lightweight body (2,535 pounds) and a massive stance (89 inches in the rear). So Chartrand has mounted the Corvette ZR1's LS9 longitudinally amidships and tweaked output to 750 hp. As with all start-ups, HTT plans to offer an even hotter version to the public, putting out a claimed 1,300 hp with the help of a set of turbos.

Currently channeling all that grunt to the ground is a six-speed manual, but there are plans to offer a six-speed sequential gearbox along with a limited-slip differential. Double wishbones are fitted at all four corners to keep the 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) wheels in constant contact with the ground, with AP Racing brakes sized 15-inches in front (six-piston caliper) and 13-inches (four-piston caliper) in the rear.

Although the astronomical output and production-intensive architecture are the cornerstones of the project, the interior -- with its central mounted driving position, room for two occupants (sounds familiar) and roof-mounted switchgear -- are some of the more impressive details. That, and the hydraulically actuated doors, which swing upwards and close at the touch of a button.

Chartrand claims that production will begin sometime late this year, with a price tag of around $600,000 for the standard, 750-hp version and close to $1m for the 1,300-hp variant. Bold claims, but Chartrand isn't stopping there. "I want to design a helicopter next. It's my other love."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Overdone. If they take out some lines, this car would look better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        how dare u compare the f430 to this!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, a bit too many lines.

        That said, it's an incredible achievement for a single guy to design and engineer a car like this, it usually looks like c... but this one doesn't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We're just comparing aesthetics. You can't deny that the front of this car resembles the F430 in so many different ways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought for a second there that okiedokie was the same person who was furious at RMS's Mid-ship Genesis for being "inspired" by F430.

        Then again, he did say "how dare you" here so....heh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On the fence about this one. There's much to like, but it's really all aesthetics at this point - and some of the aesthetics are questionable. Too busy in parts.

      Certainly lacking the pedigree to convince me it's worth $600,000 to $1M.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those massive taillights are intrusive and simply obnoxious, in my humble opinion. That issue aside, however, the car looks good!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only thing I really dislike about it is that diffuser, it could stand to poke out a bit less methinks. Other than that I want one....
      • 5 Years Ago
      definetly an ambitious man. Let´s hope he´s not like the Top Gear moto: "Ambitious but Rubbish."
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its funny no one cried about its price tag but all hell broke loose when Lexus unrevealed the LF-A price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was wondering when someone would mention the K1 Attack...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Everything is perfect except for the taillights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like the thunderbird tail-lights. They are a bit too big.
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty awesome overall, although I don't know how I feel about the back end. Maybe I'll warm up to it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really despise the back, but I like the lines overall. +1.
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wish I could build a kit car and throw in a rear Hemi 6.1L

        Not only would it look hot, but it would be fast as hell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @dude. Well, that's debateable. I mean, yes, the similarities are there, but I for one think that this car is a huge improvement over the SSC, not to mention that this car can probably go round and actual corner! Also, now that I think about it, this thing actually looks a hell of a lot more like the Ascari A10.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I kinda liked it better with cleaner lines when they called it the ultimate aero.
        The 3rd and 4th ones down have almost the same color scheme. Its like the aero with a cheesy bodykit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        who said the Aero couldn't go around a corner? i mean the car does officially hold the record for the fastest slalom speed for a production car.
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