• Jul 5, 2013
If the name Minerva doesn't sound familiar to you, you're not alone. The automotive manufacturer was founded in the fall of 1897 by a gentleman named Sylvain De Jong, who had prior experience with bicycles, motorcycles and journalism. After building more than 50,000 passenger cars in the early 20th century, with names such as Type C, Type D and Type E, the company shut its doors in 1956.

Now, more than 50 years later, the company has been revived (Minerva says its company has "risen again from the ashes") and has just announced its first modern vehicle - a supercar, no less.

The Minerva J.M. Brabazon, reportedly named after a famous British racing driver, is a plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric built with a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and Kevlar-carbon bodywork. The mid-mounted combustion engine will be a twin-turbocharged V12, running through a six-speed sequential F1 gearbox, with two electric motors powering the front wheels. The operator will be able to select between five performance modes (Economy, Normal, Sport, Race and Safe Mode), each intended to keep the coupe aligned with the driver's mindset.

With an estimated maximum speed in excess of 400 km/h (248 mph), and a promised power-to-weight ratio of 1:1, we can expect performance to be mind boggling. Minerva has not announced an on-sale date, but a prototype should make an appearance during the upcoming auto show season.


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      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since everyone seems to be on the bandwagon of making obscure new super/hypercars, and making them hybrid is now "in" because the big players are doing so, here's mine that promises to be 100% vaporware: Layout: Mid engine AWD hybrid, 2 seat coupe Engine: A 2.6L 4-rotor rotary engine (based on the Le Mans winning 787B but all new) revving to 11,000 rpm and boosted by a single, massive turbocharger paired with a small electric motor to eliminate turbo lag. 1770hp at 10400rpm, 989lbft at 7800rpm. Has apex seals made of self-healing nanotechnology materials that won't leak or break down and camless valve acutation. Runs on 120 octane biofuel or 91 octane pump gas with water-methanol injection. Transmission: An 8 speed dual clutch transmission or 7 speed manual. Electric drive motor: Mounted between the engine and transmission, 355hp at 10400rpm, 300lbft (available from 0rpm obviously), can be declutched when not in use. Battery: Carbon nanotube energy storage technology integrated into the bottom half of the carbon fiber tub with 8 times the energy and power density of lithium. Weight: 200lb more than plain carbon fiber tub but increased chassis stiffness and lower CoG. 50 mile electric range. Max output 500hp. Suspension: Abduct the engineers responsible for the Mclaren P1 setup. Brakes: 16 inch carbon ceramics on all 4 wheels, plus E-motor engine braking and rear wing airbrake. Wheels: 20 inch diameter, super lightweight Tires: 325mm wide front, 385mm wide rear. Capable of 300+mph speeds thanks to temperature stabilizing aerogel filling (instead of air). Aerodynamics: Up to 2500lb downforce at 200mph, fully adjustable surfaces. Electric motor driven ground effects vacuum at low speeds. Weight: 3000lb Performance: 0-60 in 1.8 seconds 1/4 mile in 7.2 @ 210mph Top speed 330mph 2.5 lateral G Nurburgring lap time under 6 minutes 100mpg equivalent electric mode, 30-70mpg hybrid mode, 10mpg sport mode, 3-7mpg racing on track, 1mpg full throttle Price: $5 million Total produced: 0 Production date: Never
        Vien Huynh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        Did u have to type this in Word and then cut and paste to autoblog? XD
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      This just screams Audi R8
      Hoeby
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see Hotwheels have made their Audi R8.
        VL00
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hoeby
        Audi Avus might be a better comparison
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Koenigsegg had a baby with a Viper.
      RampantFury
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me, or does it look an awfully lot like a R8?
      Oliver
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks unfinished and very student-project-like. Plenty of R8 in the design but it doesn't have the style that the Audi has. Things like the A-pillar and C-pillar need work (too thick), and the whole render doesn't have proper part-lines. Those specs seem awfully wishful for a company that hasn't even got rendering down... are we sure this is real and not just an exercise? Sorry for being so highly skeptical.
      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      1. Resurrect long-forgotten car brand 2. Describe supercar with insane performance claims, have some nice renders made 3. Collect reservations 4. ??? 5. Profit
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares. Another one or so off supercar that is virtually unmaintainable, uninsurable, etc. My dong is longer than your dong? Sheesh.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, i really like that. somehow reminds me on the audi avus concept from the nineties.. http://automotobounce.com/Audi/Audi-avus-quattro/gallery.html?pic=1
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi in the front, viper in the back. Which is surprisingly metaphorically close to the original phrase. It's kind of ugly, but so is the Veyron.
      zero
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not only this model reminds Audi R8, but the 1991 Avus. http://www.audi.com/com/brand/en/experience/design___technology/design_studies/avus_quattro.html
      • 1 Year Ago
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