• Nov 17, 2009
Bufori CS rendering - click above for high-res image gallery

First things first – these are renderings. In other words, an artist's conception of what the finished product will (probably) look like. Are these the best renderings ever produced? In a word, no. They actually leave quite a bit to be desired. But, they are just renderings. Got it? Good.

If you've never heard of the Bufori Motor Car Company – and odds are good that you haven't – it's a small Malaysian automaker founded by three Australians that until today has concentrated on cars that look like a Morgan crossed with an Excalibur. But never mind all that retro stuff, Bufori is looking to the future. They've just announced the Bufori CS, and the "CS" stands for "Compact Sports." A good starting point if you ask us.

The body will be crafted from carbon fiber and Kevlar, meaning it ought to be stiff and light – also good attributes in a small, sporty car. Better yet, it sits on a spaceframe chassis, similar to a Lotus 7, Shelby Cobra or Rolls-Royce Phantom. Power comes from an unidentified 2.0-liter turbo four-banger – which could mean anything from Subaru to Audi to General Motors' Ecotec. All four corners of the CS's suspension will be fully adjustable.

If you squint (and hope) hard enough, you might just be looking at a wonderful sports car, inline with Toyota's new FT-86, only fancier. Look for the CS to drop around 2011. Odds of it coming to the USA? Zilch. Full press release after the jump.



[Source: Bufori Motor Car Company]


PRESS RELEASE:

Brand New Bufori Sports Car to be Launched in 2010

Race version of the soon-to-be-introduced Bufori CS to prove its qualities at the Macau GT Cup


Malaysian luxury car manufacturer BUFORI Motor Car Company (BMCC) is extending its model range and will soon be launching a new generation of modern sportscars.

The BUFORI CS, which stands for "Compact Sports", is a purist and powerful 2 door coupé. Unlike previous generations of BUFORI motorcars, the BUFORI CS is intentionally modern-styled. Powered by a 2.0L turbo-charged engine, the sportscar will feature a lightweight composite body and offer the typical BUFORI craftsmanship, attention to detail and quality. The BUFORI CS is expected to be launched in Malaysia at the beginning of 2010 and more details will be revealed towards the end of the year.

The BUFORI CS is fully designed and developed by BMCC in Malaysia. It was recently decided that BUFORI wanted to have a race version of the car, in order to prove the vehicles capabilities and performance under extreme conditions and directly apply proven racing technology to the on going development of the road car.

This lead to the creation of the newly established BMS (BUFORI MOTOR SPORTS), which is the motorsport division of BUFORI. Through the collaboration with AXLE MOTORSPORT, a company dealing in high-tech motor racing development, BMS and AXLE MOTORSPORT jointly developed the BUFORI BMS R1 using a team of Formula One engineers, employing only the highest quality components and materials.

The BMS AXLE RACING team will take part in the upcoming 56th Macau Grand Prix (weekend of 19th November 2009) with the BUFORI BMS R1, the race edition of the all new BUFORI CS.

"After two years of hard work in designing and developing our new sports car, the BUFORI CS, we are very proud that a racing version of our car has been developed and will have its first public appearance at such a prestigious event as the Macau Grand Prix. We could not have wished for a better occasion. Our intention is to transfer the racing technology to the road version of the BUFORI CS and bring in all the qualities for which BUFORI is renowned" says Felix Haller, General Manager Marketing & Operations of BMCC.

"BMS AXLE have followed a very tight working schedule, in under 10 weeks, to create this race car, and we are looking forward to being a part of this racing event and making history with BUFORI, the first Malaysian sportscar to run at the Macau GT Cup" says Joe Lim, the BMS Team Principal and Managing Director of Bufori Sales & Marketing (BSM), the global Distributor of Bufori vehicles. "This race marks the beginning of a new era for BUFORI. With the BUFORI CS, the company is expanding its portfolio to purist, modern styled sports cars, with the usual uncompromised BUFORI quality." he adds.

BUFORI is the first Malaysian manufacturer to participate at the Macau GT Grand Prix.
The Guia Circuit of Macau is a street circuit with a combination of fast straights and tight corners. It is recognised as one of the most challenging and demanding circuits in the world.

About the BUFORI CS

The BUFORI CS marks the beginning of a new era for BMCC.

Unlike previous BUFORI models, the design of the BUFORI CS is intentionally modern, boasting elegant flowing lines and subtly pronounced fenders. Four circular LED rear lights give an additional sporty dimension to the overall, timeless elegant body.

The monocoque body is made of ultra-light and rigid reinforced Carbon Fiber & Kevlar and lies on a space frame chassis.

The unequal upper and lower arm front and rear suspension with coil over shocks are fully adjustable and provide excellent road holding.

The BUFORI CS is fitted with a front mounted 4 cylinder 2.0L turbo–charged high performance engine that delivers effortless power and offers an exhilarating driving experience.

The BUFORI BMS R1, the race edition of the BUFORI CS, which is homologated to FIA GT3 requirements, was jointly developed by BMS & AXLE using a team of experienced Formula One engineers, employing only the highest quality components and materials. Besides building a competitive race car, the focus was put on producing an extremely light vehicle, with a very favourable power to weight ratio.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      those fender vents are right off a VE Commodore (Pontiac G8)
      • 5 Years Ago
      240 Z with a Fisker (or Aston) grill
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought I might be the only one to see that.
      157MPHourly
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh sweet, looks like a car design from 1994. :/
        • 5 Years Ago
        @157MPHourly
        You give it too much credit. I say 1991, or possibly late 80's even.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @157MPHourly
        One step at a time - that's a 60 year leap from most of their output this far ;-) Have you seen what they were making in '94?....

        Elsewhere, the 'MKII Bambino' is apparently a '50:100' scale model of the MKII. I thought the point of ratios was to express the relationship in the lowest multiple... so that'll be 1:2 then - or half scale as the rest of us would understand it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol @ the reflections
        • 5 Years Ago
        Worst. Rendering. Ever.

        Seriously, someone needs to go play with some prismas and pro-white in ID school again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      haha you are right.. it does spell 240Z to me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The basic shape of this car is full-on sex. Mazda should build a similar-looking MX5 coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say drop this as well, preferably from a cliff...Not horrendous, but looks like it was designed by a second year design student in 1991