This is one you might not know about however – it's called the Deronda G400. Weighing in at a scant 1,900 pounds, the Deronda punches hard with a GM LS2 Corvette engine, which is hidden under its rear deck, giving it incredible agility and a massive power to weight ratio.
In 2013, Jay Leno took this car for a spin, calling it "a super bike for a guy who doesn't like motorcycles." A few years earlier, it was compared it to a jet—"agile, powerful, and built for speed." Now it's up for sale, and the price may surprise you.
First and foremost, the figures. The Corvette V8 tucked in the rear wallops a hearty 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. In a car that weighs much less than a Mazda MX-5, that's huge, and it's enough to rocket the Deronda to 60 mph in a hair over three seconds, and all the way up to a searing 190 miles per hour, thanks to a Porsche G50 five-speed transaxle. Um, yikes.
Like the Ariel Atom and a few other featherweight contemporaries, the Deronda features a minimalistic tube frame chassis, which in this instance, comes draped in a fiberglass and carbon fiber body. Note the impactful "shark nose" front end.
Look beneath the body and you'll find some of the G400's more racecar-inspired bits. The chassis comes equipped with a nimble pushrod-style Ohlins suspension, a Racelogic traction control, foam-baffled gas tank, and an onboard fire suppression system. While it's a track car through and through, interestingly enough, it is said to be road legal.
You don't get much as far as creature comforts go—there's no roof—but you do get a proper windshield, something not exactly standard in the track car marketplace. You do get a front row seat to a thunderous V8 soundtrack however. The Corvette mill in the boot absolutely erupts through a short pipe exhaust.
As Leno notes, you could equip one with the elder Corvette Z06's 505-horsepower V8, that is, if you're looking to blast off into orbit.
So that price "surprising" tag? The Deronda G400 asks just $65,000. Surely, it may not have the same brand cachet as a Porsche, Alfa, or another track-centric roadster, but for more power than a Porsche Cayman GT4 at three quarters of the price, perhaps it's a bit of a bargain.
Photo Credit: Autoblog, Drew Phillips