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?
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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.