• Dec 14, 2009

Kepler Motors Motion - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's hard not to be skeptical when a company that no one has ever heard of announces a brand-new supercar. A few have managed to last more than a few years, like Koenigsegg and Pagani, but most seem to disappear just as quickly as they appear. Russ Wicks, founder and CEO of Kepler Motors, is evidently undaunted by the statistics and is launching his new supercar, the Motion, this week at the Dubai International Motor Show.

To their credit, Kepler Motors seems to have all right pieces to the puzzle. The Motion features all the makings of a 21st century supercar like a carbon fiber composite monocoque chassis and body, active suspension and aerodynamics, and a seven-speed sequential transaxle. The all-important horsepower rating is an impressive 800 thanks to the combination of a modified Ford 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that drives the rear wheels and a 250 hp electric motor that sends power to the front. Yes, it's a hybrid.

While we remain skeptical, we wish Kepler Motors the best of luck. They will surely have their hands full filling their proposed production limit of 50 cars that are set to be delivered to customers at the start of 2011. We will be sure to bring you any updates regarding the supercar startup, but until then check out the gallery below or read more about the Motion in the press release after the jump.



[Source: Kepler Motors]

PRESS RELEASE:

Dubai, UAE – December 15, 2009 - Kepler Motors, founded by World Speed Record Holder Russ Wicks, will unveil its groundbreaking MOTION supercar at the tenth annual Dubai International Motor Show, December 16-20. Infusing state-of-the-art automotive engineering and applied science materials with the latest advanced technologies, the MOTION redefines the paradigms of the supercar with unprecedented performance, style, exclusivity, safety and efficiency.

The MOTION sets a new standard with all-wheel drive Dual Powertrain Technology (DPT) which provides a combined 800 hp. Power comes from a 550 hp, modified Ford EcoBoost twin- turbo 3.5-liter V6 driving the rear wheels acting independently of a 250 hp electric motor driving the front wheels. This unique AWD system launches the MOTION to 60 mph under 2.5 seconds with a top speed over 200 mph.

"We're delighted to host the worldwide debut of the Kepler Motors MOTION at the Dubai International Motor Show," said Wicks. "The region has a passion for ultra high performance, limited edition supercars, and presents the ideal platform to showcase the advanced technology and innovative features of the MOTION."

The MOTION is developed from the ground up by a team of hand-picked design engineers, aerodynamicists, product development, and manufacturing specialists and incorporates a number of leading edge technologies such as active suspension, active aerodynamics, launch control and programmable track assistant system.

Lightweight, powerful, balanced and efficient, the MOTION features extensive use of carbon fiber composite materials for its monocoque chassis and body. The light, strong and highly impact-resistant structure provides a two-seat cabin designed to accommodate drivers of above average size, in a stylish, sophisticated and aerodynamically efficient design.

The MOTION uses StopTech's new Continuous Carbon Ceramic (C3) AeroRotors on all four wheels to ensure smooth, fade-free stopping power. Comprising silicon carbide ceramic material reinforced with long, continuous carbon fibers, the unique C3 brake rotor material offers greater mechanical durability and unique heat transfer capabilities when compared to competitive carbon-ceramic rotors.

As only 50 MOTIONs will ever be produced, ownership will go to a small, exclusive and elite group of individuals. Each vehicle will be hand assembled and deliveries will start in 2011.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay, that's some pretty creative spam. Doesn't mean I'm going to click on any of the links, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Supercar? Initially seeing only the first front 1/4 angle photo, for a moment, I thought the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck was being resurrected!
      • 5 Years Ago
      New Zonda?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know. When I looked at that, the only car that came to mind was the Enzo Ferrari.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The secret formula to making a 'supercar".

      Just create a sloping wedge body with the engine in the rear. Add weird venting and an insane price tag and you have a supercar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Question: If the horsepower is 800, and the electric motor is 250, that means the Ecoboost engine is good for 550, right?

      550 horsepower from a V6 is mighty good. Lot's of potential for future Fords.
      • 5 Years Ago
      check out those tricky carbon/metal composite wheels! I wonder if Dymag is helping them out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was going to say the same thing, only the front end is off that K1 Attack kit car. Check it out:

      http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/30898/2866772830101982447S500x500Q85.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought it was a Zonda at first until I got a closer look at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everyone commented the other day that the Z4 "sdrive35is" was the worst car name of the year. I'm going to say that the "Motion" has the worst name. You're making an 800hp supercar and MOTION is the best you can do? Talk about mailing it in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        look people not gonna tell everybody I drive BMW Z4 sDrive35is. If someone will ask what car you drive they will say Z4. They if they know something about Z4 they will ask which one 28i 35i or 35is. THere you go 35is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm seeing a good bit of both the Zonda and the McLaren F1 in this design. But I guess if you're gonna rip off design cues, you might as well rip off the best.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new NSX should look more like this...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Quote "The front looks a bit better, but the headlights kinda look a bit too current-Camry."

        Strange, I actually disagree. I thought the back end was ripped off quite nicely but that the front is a sad childish attempt at expressing mean and hardcore looks; overdone and cheap.

        Like Dude said, it seems ridiculous that anybody today can just go to car exhibitions and collect down-payments for a no-history no-track-record "supercar" that is only called so because someone drew a carbon-fiber monocoque and squeezed a big rear engine at the back.

        We have no idea about the suspension setup, the company has zero racing pedigree to have any input into superior handling, and no backing major automaker to at least make the small items like cabin equipment effective and reliable. The electric motors and "ecoboost" seem to be green publicity stunts, and I do not see this car delivering satisfaction other than in the USA.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps a bit more inventive... but it isn't as if Honda is doing any better right now...

        The front isn't bad. Aft of the A-pillar, the car gets bland.

        People complain about how bland the McLaren MC4-12C looks... to me this car looks much more plain, and not as thoroughly developed, aesthetically.

        The proportions of the roofline, and the boxy-straight lines on the back half of the car just look a bit uninspired. Not particularly that I could do better, but a designer should be able to.

        The front looks a bit better, but the headlights kinda look a bit too current-Camry.
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