Another day, another lightweight, track-ready sports car manufacturer popping up and claiming to give us the world. Today, the companies in question are Palatov Motorsport and Sector 111, the latter of which is responsible for US-market BAC Monos. Their goal is to build an 1,800-pounds sports car that uses a 430-horsepower, emissions-compliant V8.

Based on the Palatov D2, a 1,600-pound car that looks like the love child of a Caterham, a KTM X-Bow and the Flip Car from Fast and Furious 6, Palatov and Sector 111 have dubbed the car Project Dragon. It will get a real name after it's all figured out. We don't have much to go on besides the stated goals and the modification of the Palatov D2, so we'll file this one right in the "vaporware" drawer until more information becomes available.

You can scroll down for the joint press release from both Palatov and Sector 111.
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Sector111 and Palatov Motorsport to Develop a new Light Sports Car

December 2, 2013

Temecula, CA-Sector111, LLC, the industry leader in lightweight sports car market, has partnered with Palatov Motorsport, LLC., to develop a new 1800lb sports car featuring a 430hp, 50 State emissions compliant, V8 engine.

Sector111, will develop an exclusive variant of the D2 sports car engineered by Palatov. The D2 has been developed over the last couple of years along with several other lightweight cars. Sector111 plan to sell their exclusive version, code named Project Dragon, though out North America. Sector111 will also sell and service the complete range of Palatov cars in the Southern California market.

"I am very excited to partner with Palatov," says Shinoo Mapleton, President of Sector111, LLC, "Dennis is a cool guy who has engineered a line of fantastic machines. Our variant will have distinct differences that will appeal to a narrow group of enthusiasts – canyon carvers and track day fanatics. Offering a car that features a smog-legal powertrain is a key step for us to extend our product portfolio which includes the Ariel Atom and BAC Mono."

"Sector111 share our passion for lightweight high performance cars" said Dennis Palatov, founder of Palatov Motorsport. "We are combining Sector111's market knowledge and customers with our expertise in designing and building lightweight cars of unmatched performance, which includes a Pikes Peak Unlimited Class win in 2012".

The new partnership expands the dealer network for Palatov, based in Portland, OR, and adds a vital resource in a critical, sports car-rich region, Southern California.

To learn more about Sector111, LLC, visit their website at: www.Sector111.com

To learn more about Palatov Motorsport, LLC. visit their website at: www.palatov.com


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      karlInSanDiego
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish you all the best with this new endeavor. Shinoo is a dreamer and a pragmatist, a winning combination. He's kept his business running with Lotus Elige and Pontiac Solstice aftermarket sales and service. Then used that to fuel his real passions, which are racing and these featherweight exotics. It's a labor of love, and with his staff, he's built a legit Euro-tuning shop, not a toy store for rich and stupid. I only wish I could rationalize an Atom or a BAC, but I'm all road, no track, so it makes no sense.
      fordskydog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, but I say leave it to the pros. The Palatov D2 looks like a home-made piece of ****. Lets face it. Witha stick welder, anyone can build a tube frame go kart like that nowadays. If you are going to go into business selling turn-key track day cars, you gotta bring more to market. You already get classic old school fast to carbon monocoque tech. Who needs or wants yet another tube frame Frankenstein's monster? Come correct to the market or forget it. And get a new aesthetic designer.
      h-man
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree that it's an interesting company. The founder has claimed the Atom was too expensive for what it actually offered and he thought he could do better. His D4 track cars do appear impressive but I haven't seen their acceptance at the same level as the Atom despite better performance. Also their D4 prices have continued to move higher and higher to nearly the same as the 'overpriced' Atom. I'd love to see these D2 running around American streets but at $85,000 for a complete car I doubt it.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @h-man
        "D4 track cars do appear impressive but I haven't seen their acceptance at the same level as the Atom despite better performance." This is really an apples to oranges comparison. The D1 and D4 are single seat track only racers. The Atom is a road legal 2 seater. The Atom has also been around little bit longer. The D2, and possibly to some extent, the Stiletto, will be much closer competitor to the Atom.
        fordskydog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @h-man
        Sorry, but $85k for that ugly piece of D2? That thing is truly homely. I can maybe see the D2 as a$10k kit car. Above that, they need a major redo. See my note above.
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they have a DIY kit for this car with instructions on how to connect plumbing pipes together and dropping in a couple of kitchen sinks as cockpits?
      Matt Mossberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Engine sounds like it could be the vettes ls3. Very cool.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is not vaporware. Polatov motorsports hasn't been around for a real long time, but they have been building some impressive little track monsters that are affordable enough to be bought and raced by a slightly upper middle class average Joe. It started out as not much more than a talented engineer tinkering in his garage, but in short time, has grown into a very impressive operation with a few different designs being developed. Their D4 PPS took first-place finish in the Unlimited Class of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. They couldn't get their turbo working in time for the race, so they had less than half power at the top of the hill. Otherwise, they would have easily won overall. All of their projects are well documented through design and prototype build. Check out their site: http://www.dpcars.net/ I like going to their site every now and then to check their progress. For an engineer like me, it's a treasure trove of car guy porn. By the way, the D2 that this article is about, is shown with the body panels. Fully built, it's not an exo-car.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        By the way, I'm surprised that they are going for only 430 hp. This car is capable of handling much more power.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        fordskydog
        • 1 Year Ago
        BORING! Why do all US track specials like this default to the damn LS block? I know the answer, but dammit give us some variety! I'd rather have a smaller turbo screamer in a car like this.
        RL to RL
        • 1 Year Ago
        Obviously you don't know WTH you're talking about, because DP has been around for quite a few years and his cars really are something else. Obviously he knows what he's doing if his car won the Unlimited PP class of '12.
        Pete Stoppani
        • 1 Year Ago
        The D2 is definitely not vaporware; that is mine in the video :)
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      430hp is a bit overkill ya think?
      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      No drive thru car wash for you!
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see some video of side-intrusion tests on that chassis.... Those diagonals which end at the driver's ear and at the dash are HORRIBLE placement for passenger safety,...
      xxevilpyro
      • 1 Year Ago
      How does this compare to the Ariel Atom V8? It would be cool to see Top Gear do a side by side comparison.
        Kelly Hatcher
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xxevilpyro
        honestly the 4 cylinder Atom style is more balanced and precise than the V8.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xxevilpyro
        In this form, the Ariel would likely come out on top, but it's little V8 is just about maxed out. Throw a pair of turbos on this larger V8 and you have a contest.
      Roy
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is ironic that many comments have been made about the V8 Atom. Did you guys know that Dennis was the one who made that possible? He stuffed a Hartley H1 2.8L V8 into his Atom to use the car as a test bed for the motor that he was planning on putting into the DP1. I really recommend that you guys take the time to do a little research about Dennis. You may come away with a new found appreciate for what he has created. http://www.dpcars.net/atom/index.htm
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