Never heard of the Strathcarron SC5-A? That's OK, neither had we. The short history of this niche British sports car builder ended abruptly in 2001 when changes to Britain's Single Vehicle Approval rules caught the company off guard. With no money to modify this featherlight roadster powered by a motorcycle engine, the company went under.
Five years later we've learned that Strathcarron was bought by Javan Smith, a manufacturer of 1:8 scale model cars. The man best known his scaled-down cars got Strathcarron's production molds and toolings in the deal and in secret began to build his first 1:1 scale car, according to UltimateCarPages.
The end result is the Javan R1, which has ditched the former car's motorcycle powerplant for a 2.0-liter Honda V-TEC motor producing 220 bhp. With a curb weight of about 1,477 lbs., the R1 will easily pull of sub-4 second runs to 60 mph. The extremely low weight and great balance provided by its mid-engine layout make the R1 just as capable a track car as its predecessor. Smith also reengineered the car for a global market, with right- and left-hand drive models available right from the start.
Not much else is known about the Javan R1, like when it will go on sale, where, and for how much, but hopefully Mr. Smith will be releasing more details soon.
UPDATE 1: more info and pics can be found at PistonHeads