A few things have changed since the Spartan V track car was announced almost three years ago. Back in 2010, the red open-top sportscar from Australia was slated to be a 661-pound apex-hugger with 170 horsepower coming from a 1,200-cc Ducati engine. The slinky red bodywork remains, but the engine now comes from Honda: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turns the output wick up to 250 hp. Opt for the supercharger and benefit from 400 horsepower. Weight has predictably gone up as well, the Spartan V now clocking in at 1,100 pounds, while top speed has come down from 173 miles per hour to 149 mph.

With just enough of an interior to keep you on the paved bits, the Spartan V still shouldn't have any problem going fast, though, as the video below proves. There will be just 300 made, and the price quoted in Spartan's press release below is $95,000 – we'll assume that US dollars. The price in Australia is $79,000 AUD (about $82,000 US), so you can save yourself a few large if you already have a second home Down Under.




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Aussie Spartan: superlight supercar

Spartan, the Australian-made supercar, redefines the rules of lightweight performance. At just
500kg, the carbon fibre, alloy and minimalist two-seater packs a Honda 2.0-litre four-cylinder
designed purely to tear up the track.

Designed and developed in Sydney, the Spartan is a low volume sports car designed for the
track car enthusiast. It runs a four-cylinder engine taken from an Integra Type-R squeezing out
an impressive 186kW (250hp), with a supercharged option 300kW (400hp).

With lightweight shell bucket seats, essential-only interior and CAD suspension and braking
components, the Spartan has blistering performance. But it's the track that the Spartan is
designed for and with its Yokohama R-spec track tyres and featherweight, the Spartan is
supremely agile and nimble through the turns, reinforcing the maxim of less weight is always
better than more power.

Selling for around $95,000, video and more information on the Spartan is available from
www.spartanmotorcompany.com


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      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good idea, bad price. While its comparing apples to kit car oranges, for that kind of money you\'re in Factory Five GTM terrirory.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        To get the level of power density (bhp/ton) for this Sparta when offered with the supercharger, you would need to put around 800 hp into a GTM without gaining significant weight. I don\'t think you could put that much power through a Mendeola or G50 transaxle. You may have more luck getting something comparable starting with a Factory Five 818R. Another option would be the Vstorm. You might be able to drop that much power into a Superlit Nemesis, which is also 1100#, but you can\'t take along a friend. I think a more apt comparison would be something by Polatov motorsports. The price is also more similar. The D1 would be a formidable foe to the naturally aspirated Sparta. The D4 that they are working on with a turbo\'d 4 cyl and AWD should be able to leave even the super-charged Sparta in the dust.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          At that price though, you could source the Ford GT's Ricardo transaxle, and that'll handle what ever you throw at it. You could throw a mildly built LS3 with a pair of turbos in it and make all that 800 hp and more. It's very cool, but that's a lot of scratch that could be used to buy/build something much nastier.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish a manufacturer would have the guts to build a street legal track car that might just be affordable. VW came close with the GX3. Remember that car? Supposed to be under $20k.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this the new LaFerrari?
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      On paper, at least, when fitted with the supercharger, this is comparable to the Ariel Atom 500, which sells for $225,000
      torqued
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we not compare prices with kit cars? It's not a kit car. You don't have to build it yourself. "Some assembly required" is going to make a pretty significant difference in price.
      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yea, seems like a lot for what it is... Bac mono or atom 3 even ktm... Can't you get an atom cheaper?? I agree that something like $25k maybe for Everyman
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's is a damned cool logo.
      torqued
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad they couldn't keep the Ducati engine. I understand why - but I just love cars with a motorcycle engine. And a Ducati engine is a unique choice.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Gamma500
      • 1 Year Ago
      No firesuit, gloves or helmet in one case....pretty relaxed attitude towards safety precautions for this video session.
      DRAGON
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice vintage looking trackdays car...but why would you like someone to drop so much money for a kitcar? Just because "it's different"?
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DRAGON
        Because power to weight ratio similar to a Veyron in naturally aspirated form? And in supercharged form you have to get into some exotic material to be able to touch it, like Radical SR8 exotic. It is awfully pricy in the face of what available domestically though, like the Superlite Roadster or the FFR 818.
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DRAGON
        Because Aussies are crazy and rich from the commodities boom...or, eh, they were....
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm much less interested in it now that it's automotively powered. The main draw for this car IMO was the extremely light weight and the motorcycle based power. It sounded like it was going to be a slightly larger and more polished FSAE car with no restrictions, which would have been epic. But this is just another entry in the same vein as the Atom, 818, and Superlite Roadster. Still cool, just not nearly as different as I was hoping it'd be.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @domingorobusto
        There are several kit cars that use bike engines. This company makes some impressive looking examples: http://www.roadtrackrace.co.uk/rtr.html The car you might be looking for is the MEV Atomic, which weighs 735# and is propelled by a 998cc Yamaha R1 engine which puts out 150 bhp.
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