The Concept Climax is the brainchild of three Coventry University Auto Design students. They believe thecurrent trend towards environmentally friendly vehicles does not have to include dull designs or small city cars. They have created a two-seater sports car that can run on ethanol fuel and offers performance figures similar to a Lotus Elise. Further enhancements include bringing F1 technology to the high street. Drivers of the Climax will be able to programme their fuel intake via their laptop and make the adjustments to the car’s ECU using the Climax Control and a USB Key.
‘We wish to bring Coventry back into the automotive limelight by reinventing the car of the future,’ says Concept Climax M.D. Simon Long. ‘The inspiration for the car came from the need to decrease our dependency on oil while at the same time offering the motorist an eye catching, realistic alternative to existing sports cars. By allowing the driver to adjust the ECU with their USB Key they can control the intensity of the driving experience,’ adds Long.
The car is all about the driving experience – the deliberate lack of doors means that climbing into the car will evoke memories of classic, Le Mans type race cars, complete with flip up aero-screen. It is a British designed mid-engined sports car for the twenty-first century. ‘Inspiration for the design came form the legendary Cooper Climax F1 car of the 50′s,’ says Long. The Climax is drawing on Britain’s vast MotorsportHeritage while keeping a firm eye to the future.
The Climax team have sourced components from the vast auto-parts industry in the Midlands, proving their commitment to the British motor industry. Koni (Shock Absorbers), Alcon (Brakes) and Dymag (Carbonwheels) have also been involved since the early development stages.
Further features include low emissions from the ethanol powered flat four engine offering 270 BHP at 6500 RPM
as standard. The lightweight design will further enhance the efficiency of the vehicle while at the same time
adding to the precise handling and the class beating acceleration of the car. The Climax is not a retro-car, it is a modern sports car designed with the discerning enthusiast in mind. Concept Climax Ltd have reinvented the British Sports Car – offering a unique driving experience in an environmentally friendly vehicle. It is purely a driver’s car – a stripped out racer with ample weekend away space. The car is designed around its users – and ergonomics played a vital role in the interior design stage.
Full-scale production is not far way, while the Concept Climax team are currently entertaining inquiries from prospective customers and investors.
Inspired by the legendary Cooper Climax F1 car of the late 50′s, The Climax is a modern take on a British sports car, designed with the motoring enthusiast in mind. The car is a two seater with ample weekend away space. Powered by ethanol, The Climax offers competitive performance figures comparable to the Lotus Elise. The driver can programme the car via their lap top and make adjustments to the car’s ECU using the Climax Control, enabling the car to be used on the road or as a track-day racer.
The light weight body, rigid chassis and minimal un-sprung weight ensures the climax has ultimate stance and balance.
The Climax offers a unique driving experience, designed with no roof, windscreen or doors. Sprinting to the car, launching your self over the bodywork, into the cockpit will evoke memories of classic Le Mans type race cars. The combination of wind in your face and being seated 6 inches from the road adds to the extreme feeling of speed and gives your body a shot of adrenaline every time. By using the Climax Control, within seconds, the car can be set up for the country lane or boosted to the max for the track.
-Light weight composite body shell
-Adjustable aero screens
-Rigid tonnaeu covers
-Front and side impact structures
-Retractable roll bar
-Custom paint finishes
-Flip up mirrors
-One piece composite race seat
-Inflatable seat lining
-Heated interior components
-Four point race harnesses
-Adjustable passenger foot brace
Price this car:
MSRP: not available yet
Invoice: not available yet
Source: Concept Press Release