A new Canadian kit car manufacturer, Dubuc Super Light Cars (SLC), has unveiled the Tomahawk, a lightweight, mid-engine kit car that's promised to weigh under 2,000 pounds. The Tomahawk will debut at the Montreal International Auto Show in January.

Dubuc SLC says the car will feature a 300-pound aluminum monocoque that's bonded and bolted together and a lightweight polymer body. The kit will be manufactured in Quebec City. A C4-generation Chevrolet Corvette will provide the suspension components and the company says that almost any type of powerplant can be bolted amidships, including an electric motor or an internal combustion engine.

The body and frame kit is priced at 19,995 Canadian dollars ($18,755), and a C4 Corvette will add a bit more to the build. Dubuc SLC says that a "skilled individual" should be able to build a Tomahawk in around 250 hours, but we're thinking it'll take most amateur mechanics a bit more time than that. All in, a complete Tomahawk should require "a total budget of [30,000 Canadian dollars] ($28,140) and more," the company says. That raises an important question: How much more?

Feel free to check out the video and peruse the press release below for more details.


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A cutting-edge kit car 100% made in Quebec - The Tomahawk premiere at the Montreal International Auto Show

MONTREAL, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Kit car enthusiasts attending the 2014 Montreal International Auto Show will have the opportunity to discover the Tomahawk, a cutting-edge two-seat sports automobile with a central engine, entirely designed and manufactured in Quebec City by Dubuc Super Light Car (SLC). With the unveiling of the Tomahawk, which can be assembled approximately eight times faster than comparable vehicles, Dubuc SLC launches a serious bid to become a reference and a leader in the kit car industry.

The Dubuc SLC Tomahawk features a 300-lbs aluminum monocoque frame, bonded and bolted, with an ultra-light polymer body, ready to receive a Corvette C4 suspension components. It includes steering wheel support, pre-pierced holes for wires and hoses, and an ergo-dynamically designed cockpit, which can comfortably sit a 6'3", 275-lbs driver.

The complete kit also includes doors that open at a 75-degree angle, door panels, dashboard, console, seats, a DOT-approved windshield, a see-through Targa roof and side mirrors. With a size close to a Lamborghini and the weight of a Lotus, the Tomahawk delivers a perfect weight-performance ratio. At less than 2000 lbs fully completed, the sleek kit car drives and brakes like a sports vehicle.

The complete rustproof body and frame kit is offered at $19,995 and requires only the installation of mechanical components, usually recycled from a retired automobile. Whereas the process to assemble a typical kit car might require between 1500 and 2000 hours, a skilled individual can build a Tomahawk in 250 hours, for a total budget of $30,000 and more.

The Tomahawk is perfectly suited for an electric or gasoline engine. The company is currently in talks with TM4 to test designs and control systems, which would result in an electric car entirely designed and built in Quebec.

At the 2014 Montreal International Auto Show, the Tomahawk will be displayed in proximity to prestigious luxury automobiles. As of November 2013 over 100,000 people had viewed the ad on E-Bay.


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      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most wheels need lug nuts. It's harder to attach them to the car without them.
      iamzombie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wake me when they have something other than computer rendered images/composites. Seriously, I think it's a great idea, I just doubt it will ever exist.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't they hire a proper designer, get a proper 3D file and make decent renderings? Some of the images are poorly done Photoshop renderings. There's tons of car design students out there who would love to help you out for a dime.
        S40Powered
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Technoir
        I agree. Looks it was done on Paint circa 1992. Dreadful.
      TopGun
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you want a real car you can build yourself, check out the guys at Factory Five and their Project 818. It doesn't look the best (in my eyes), but looks like the real-deal. They use a WRX a donor car, and unlike their excellent Cobra or Daytona kits, this kit won't cost $20,000 in body work/paint when you're done building it.
        AdamsH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TopGun
        Keep in mind that the WRX also has great power potential. You can start off with everything stock (227 hp) and get used to an 1800 lb car with probably 185 hp to the rear wheels then with some retuning you can have 250 and eventually 300 when you upgrade the turbo and injectors... I want one so badly...
      rtkewley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another day, another vaporware supercar...
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the way the guy is looking at it, I think he should shoot it and put it out of its misery NOW!
      Vitek Bogatch
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always wondered how stupid one should be to start a whole brand and not hire a reputable or at least professional product/car designer. This "body kit" looks like it has been designed as part of your 2 day CAD introduction course for aged under 16. It looks great if it was your 13 year old who mocked it up in sketchup.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a neat idea.
      Riley C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they need to know better Photoshop skills before making a car.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can anyone be stupid enough to believe in this company and its car with this pathetic commercial? The most critical moments of any commercial are the first 3 seconds of it, when the viewer is deciding whether or not to turn the channel, hit fast-forward, or actually watch it, and what we get here is an image of some moron, shadow boxing for absolutely no logical reason, filmed by a cameraman using cliched, motion-sickness inducing camera movements that no serious professional has used in over 10 years. Personally, I'd be surprised if any hardware for the car ever appears in public, let alone be used in an actual drivable prototype.
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Company is based in Quebec, aka. the scam capital of the entire American continent.
        Stephen Mihalik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        What the hell are you talking about?
          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stephen Mihalik
          You are obviously not Canadian.
          MachDelta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stephen Mihalik
          In the past two or more years Quebec has been dealing with a massive corruption scandal that's involved everything from large construction firms colluding on projects, to mob and Hells Angels interests controlling Quebec's largest trade union, to city officials and even city mayors. Some even suspect it may extend all the way to the level of the federal government. Essentially, a significant chunk of Quebec's elite were caught scratching each others' backs, and the general population is now very interested in seeing what their head's would look like atop some pointy sticks.
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks gross, would rather have the C4
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