Great replies guys. I find myself agreeing -in parts at least - with almost all of what's been said as each point has some merit. I still think it is a waste of garage space and especially at that money.
For me the idea of engineers not trying to come up with these things is mad. The whole evolution of the motor vehicle has come from 'idiots' with 'stupid' ideas.
Great idea, maybe not the best results, but lets have a big cheer for effort.
That's a fair point - engineering concepts and ideas that push boundaries, great. I'm with you. This "product" is being sold as a sensational road-going track car and for a large wedge of dosh it should be the finished article IMHO.
An engineering masterpiece - 575 BHP from a 3.5 litre V8.. Average gearchange is 45 milleseconds.
Great feats of engineering work. Properly.
Many, like bridges and such, stay up and working for a very long time. Ferrari's road car gear change is reliable and 60msec (40msec "acceleration gap" where the clutch is actually disengaged) - you'd never notice the difference in real life. Oh, and the Ferrari F1 'change is 15msecs so the Caparo isn't quite breaking any new ground there either
. The gain doesn't outweigh the pain of its price and reliability.
A masterpiece? I don't think so.
Didn't top gear say that it's low speed handling was dodgy as hell though?
I reckon a radical or Arial Atom, Westfield 'Busa or even a Caterham R500 would give you the same kicks, but without the reliability issues or the car trying to kil you at every roundabout
They did indeed say it was virtually undriveable at low speeds and even worse on cold tyres. You are exactly on my wavelength. Even if I had a triple roll-over lottery win I wouldn't waste £235k on that when I could get a garage full of fun and change.
Sorry Jim, but I voted 'other'
The thing is, I think its good that people design cars which push the bondaries of technology, however, I wouldn't buy one as I'd prefer to buy a Caterham and pocket the £220,000 change. In all honesty its a waste of money - but as waste of monies go, its a good one
Gary - I think you mean to vote for it being utterly pointless then! I know what you mean and I'd kind of llean towards your view IF it worked. As it is, it's a work in progress to showcase engineering talent not a serious car.
I absolutely adore that car. It really is what a supercar should be, rediculously expensive, impossible to live with, totally unpractical, insane to look at and one of the quickest things on the face of the planet.
I really want one!!
It is all of those things. Possibly one of the slowest things on the planet 99% of the time and off the track it'd burn you or kill you on cold tyres...
I'd want to enjoy my supercar and if I had to spend that much I'd get more use and fun out of a Ferrari, Lambo or whatever.
I think it has a bit of an identity crisis, it's trying to be too much at least with your Ferrari FXX's and the like you know what your getting.
Nail on the head there Ghosty!