• Mar 9, 2011
De Macross GT1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just when you thought all Canada was good for was affordable health care and civil political discourse, our neighbors to the north surprise you with a creation like the De Macross GT1. The brainchild of Jahong Hur, the supercar boasts a host of exotic materials and more than a little tech borrowed from the hive mind at Formula One. That includes the vehicle's suspension system, which uses the same Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers that Multimatic cooked up for various F1 outfits. The four-way adjustable pieces can crop the vehicle's ride height by over an inch to allow for both a street and a track set up.

A mid-mounted 5.4-liter Roush Yates supercharged V8 engine provides thrust. The mill dumps 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque onto the rear wheels only via a six-speed-manual transmission. The company says the gear is good enough to scoot the GT1 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds while dusting off a standing quarter mile in 11.5. That's mighty quick by anyone's measure.

There's no word on how much this machine will cost you, but we'd bet a nickel it won't be cheap. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

[Source: De Macross]
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10 February 2011

The De Macross GT1 has been created and engineered to provide true performance in Elegance. It defies the traditional form follows function (or visa versa) convention employed by current sports car builders by enveloping the most technically advanced vehicle platform incorporating technologies currently used in F1, including some that are banned, and the use of carbon fibre composite materials, in a flow formed design theme which brings the elegance of culture to the modern era.

Design of the De Macross GT1 is not only inspired by the founder of the company, Mr. Jahong Hur, it is his direct creation. Mr. Hur has spent thousands of hours working with some of the most talented internationally trained designers to synergize the De Macross theme in the GT1 and other soon to be released models. From the overall proportions of the GT1, to the curvature of each body surface and radius of the fillets, Mr. Hur and his team of designers has brought ageless emotion back to automotive design. To place the De Macross GT1 in the ultra performance sports car spectrum, and bring instant world wide recognition and acceptance, De Macross has engaged Multimatic Engineering to provide the performance. For over 25 years, Multimatic has been helping automotive OEM's and niche vehicle builders to bring performance vehicles to the street, from the Shelby Series 1 to the latest crown jewel of Aston Martin, the One-77. Multimatic's engineering expertise and advanced technologies will ensure that the De Macross GT1 exceeds all expectations of the world's most discerning automotive enthusiasts.

The De Macross GT1 is created to perform both on the street and track, with maybe just a fraction more bias toward the track, encompassing overall dimensions reminiscent of Le Mans winners. This mid-engine, 2 seat "GT racer" is built on a novel Hybrid Carbon Fibre – Aluminum monocoque tub structure, with integrated front and rear sub-frame modules for suspension, steering, engine and driveline mounting. The Multimatic engineered De Macross Hybrid Composite chassis structure incorporates specific application of aluminum extrusions and machined from billet components, carbon fibre solid and honey comb cored laminates, and has been structurally optimized to provide a stiff and stable platform at the lowest possible weight, while meeting global safety and certification standards (FMVSS and EEC). The GT1 suspension system is derived directly from Multimatic's work with race winning Formula 1, LMP and sports car teams. Mounted in-board and actuated through a push-rod, the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers are 4-way independently adjustable for precise control. A unique active ride height control system drops the vehicle to ground clearance by 28 mm at highway speeds (tunable) to provide increased aerodynamic downforce and dynamic stability. The ride height reduction is smartly achieved by changing the spring/damper actuation rocker motion ratio, which also concurrently increases the effective spring rate, resulting in improved vehicle platform control at higher speeds. In addition, an industry first hydraulic anti-roll device will be introduced on the De Macross GT1.

The overall on-road performance of the De Macross GT1 will rival any and all of the "supercars" built since the term was coined, and to provide the GT1 owners with the intangible essence of exclusive ownership, each body will be hand crafted from aluminum sheet and draped over the powerful machine, truly providing Performance in Elegance.

[DMMC GT1: Vehicle Type]

Vehicle Type
Engine Position
Base Price (USD)

[DMMC GT1: Engine]

Engine Type
Roush Yates Racing
5.4 L Supercharged
Aluminum V8
Max. Power (bhp)
Max. Torque (lb-ft)
Redline (rpm)

[DMMC GT1: Drivetrain]

6-Speed Manual Transaxle

[DMMC GT1: Performance Ratings*]

0-60 (sec)
0-100 (sec)
Standing 1/4 mile (sec/mph)
Top Speed (mph)
300 ft skidpad "g"
Braking: 60-0 mph (ft)
Slalom - 600 ft (mph)

* initial estimates only, to be confirmed

[DMMC GT1: Dimensions]

Overall Length
4,725 mm
- Wheel Base
2,750 mm
- Front Overhang
1,098 mm
- Rear Overhang
878 mm
Overall Width
1,982 mm
Overall Height
1,163 mm
- Ground Clearance
123/95 mm
Bridgestone Potenza
- Front
245/35 R19
- Rear
345/35 R19

[DMMC GT1: Aero Data]

Drag Coefficient

[DMMC GT1: Chassis/Body]

Multimatic modular hybrid carbon fibre – aluminum
composite tub
Body Material

[DMMC GT1: Suspension]

Independent SLA
Aluminum control arms,
pushrod actuated inboard
DSSV damper/spring,
Multimatic Active Ride Height Control System
Hydraulic anti-roll bar
Independent SLA
Aluminum control arms,
pushrod actuated inboard
DSSV damper/spring,
Multimatic Active Ride Height Control System
Hydraulic anti-roll bar

[DMMC GT1: Steering]

Power Assist Rack & Pinion

[DMMC GT1: Brakes]

AP Racing Brake system
vented/drilled Discs
AP Racing Brake system
vented/drilled Discs

[DMMC GT1: Production Prototype Completed]

Manufacturing of the first DMMC GT1 production prototype is complete.
The GT1 was constructed at Multimatic's locations in Canada and the UK in accordance with specialized capabilities of each site.

The following photos show various body parts being fabricated at the UK facility. Each panel is hand-formed over single sided forms from aluminum sheet (5754)
All machined from billet aluminum (6082-T6) components are created using precision 3 or 5 axis CNC machines.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. But if I had the money, I would buy it just because of its name. Macross yeah!
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Just when you thought all Canada was good for was affordable health care and civil political discourse"

      Autoblog must of meant free health care with 6 months wait and civil political brain wash.
      As a Canadian, I know that most Canadians will never truly know freedom until they move to the states.
        • 3 Years Ago
        He doesn't live in Canada (I do). That's quite obvious by his absurd
        and naive comments.

        Crawl back into the hole of ignorance you just emerged from. It's
        over there...... a little further to your right..... more right......
        there you go!

        Oh yeah, and I like the hint of 60s Ford/Lola - but a little bland
        (perhaps its the colour).
        • 3 Years Ago
        On behalf of all of Canada, i apologize for the totally backwards comment of this moron.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Exactly. Not even original looking. I'm tired of seeing supercars too when 1/3 of Americans are on some kind of assistance, 47 million on food stamps, real unemployment is 22% and over half of people over 50 are unemployed. Who is buying this? Oh yeah the people that stole our money during the "crisis." People need to wake up and quick.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe you should sign up for the Food Stamps blog instead. I guess they could start a new flavour of Autoblog for the downwardly mobile with edge of your seat posts like...

        1) How to keep your Dodge Omni running.
        2) Creative craft projects. DIY stickers to cover those annoying lights on the dash.
        3) What $500 used cars will take you to the Bank, Grocery Store and Liquor store on one tank of gas?
        4) DIY seat covers!
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        6) How to turn your Dodge Omni off when it is running on.
        7) The latest reviews from 1991! The once new cars you might actually be able to afford.
        8) Bring back the romance. Turn the backseat of your Aerostar into a lover's den.
        9) 101 ways to get that funky smell out of the trunk.
        10) The modern carburetor and how to fix it without a hammer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        good thing its made in Canada then hmm
        • 3 Years Ago
        You should probably cry a little more. This is a website that reports on automotive news, how much of that news is related to cheap n' cheerful rot boxes that people on welfare can afford? Very little. Why even post in a place where discussion is more or less based around performance, love of cars and car history/future. If supercars all look similar, it's because their shapes are aerodynamic. A supercar company wouldn't make a car in the shape of a box (like the Dodge Spirit I imagine you drive. for two reason: A) It would look abysmal and B) It has the aerodynamic properties of a house. If you want to complain about rich people, leave the continent that is flooded with capitalist pigs and move to China. Enjoy mining for salt and making shoes while wearing a hat made out of your childs head.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good swing Judy :)

        Almost like the car, definitely hate the color. Access to the engine bay is almost impossible without a crane or parachute. I also see a lot of Testarossa in the rear-end treatment.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey! An actual manual transmission!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh... Canada...
      I kinda like it, in the way I like all supercars, but this is incredibly bland. Its probably a blast to drive but I'm not sure it is capable of character, its like the toyota of supercars... Oh wait LFA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look - another supercar.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, I also see a mix of different cars here. A bit of Carrera GT in the headlights, a bit of Testarossa in the back and a bit of colorblindness in the paint scheme. Depending on the price, I would possibly consider it (mostly for the engine), but only if they fix those horrendous side mirrors!

      Seriously, what's up with those bee antennas?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like an MP412C and a Chapparel 2f had a baby
      • 3 Years Ago
      exactly what i have in mind... Somehow they all look generic, and seeing supercars keep coming out lately, I dont feel like call them supercars anymore...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's the new Canadian border:

      • 3 Years Ago
      It needs a maple leaf paint scheme. Really, I'm serious.
      • 3 Years Ago
      John I think rover was satirizing Justin.
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