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Wie herinnert zich onze Ghost Cars nog? Een aartsmoeilijke quiz waarbij auto’s onder hun dust-covers geïdentificeerd moesten worden, maar wel eentje die op een enkeling na helemaal geraden werd. Een tiental supercars in vol ornaat mag dan ook geen probleem zijn voor jullie, ook al zijn ze nog zeldzamer dan de exotische exoten die collega Bervoets recent oplijstte. Over aan jullie!

1. Trident Iceni Grand Tourer (2012)

Trident Cars Ltd was a British car manufacturer based originally in Woodbridge then in Ipswich, Suffolk between 1966 and 1974 and again after being restarted in 1976 from premises in Ipswich. The new company stopped production in 1977-78. […] A new Trident company was established in May 1999 in Fakenham, Norfolk, to develop and manufacture a two-seater sports car, using a 3.2 litre GM V6 petrol engine. In 2002 the company changed its name to Broadley Performance Vehicles PLC, after a questionable takeover, and subsequent winding up, and liquidation of the previous company, Trident Sportscars Ltd.

Despite promising to deliver production versions of the petrol engined car, no further development of the car was carried out under the new co name, outside of the use of a show car, and a prototype from the previous company’s R&D department- which was actually sold off in the liquidation. With an ageing owner, no IPR to make or produce the Iceni, and little development, Broadley Performance Vehicles became inactive to the point of dormancy. [Wikipedia]

2. n2a Motors Anteros Coupé (2009)

n2a Motors was founded in 2004 to revive the art of American coachbuilding. The n2a moniker stands for “no two alike,” referring to n2a Motors’ policy of building unique vehicles for each customer. No two vehicles will be built with identical color combinations. Kanter Concepts, n2a’s parent company, produces concept cars for Detroit and foreign automakers and stealth technology prototypes for military contractors.

The Anteros is the follow-up to n2a Motors’ 789 model that debuted to critical acclaim at the New York International Auto Show in March 2008. Inspired by the designs of the 1957, 58, and 59 Chevrolets, the 789 was hailed as “merely the coolest car…on the planet” by the New York Times. The 789 is also built on the C6 Corvette platform and utilizes a carbon composite body. Coupe 789 models start at $139,500 and the convertible base model is $144,500. [n2a Motors]

3. DC Design Avanti (2012)

DC Design is recognized as the leading Automobile Designer in India. The company has participated directly in the Geneva motor show, and has always had its products displayed at all major auto shows in Detroit, Japan, Frankfurt and Paris in each exhibition year.

The Avanti supercar doesn’t reinvent the wheel in the basic process of manufacturing a high tech sports car because in time honoured specialist car production DC Design will be using proprietary parts from various car makers, especially in the areas of drivetrain and suspension. The Avanti would be powered by a specially tuned Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre four-cylinder, dohc, 16-valve engine. Wintend to produce 300 units of the Avanti in 2013-2014 and if all goes well we could ramp up production to go into four figures per annum. [DC Design]

4. Faralli & Mazzanti Vulca S (2009)

The name, as per Faralli & Mazzanti tradition, is inspired by the Etruscan world.
Vulca da Veio is the most famous Etruscan sculptor, responsible for some of the most well known artistical expressions of this great and mysterious ancient population, including the Apollo di Veio.

Vulca V12 classically interprets the typical concept of GT allitaliana: lightweight, hand beaten all aluminium bodywork, 2+2 coupè, sinuous and modern, elegant yet aggressive style. Under the hood pulsates a powerful, reliable, latest generation V12 engine which provides in all its guises exhilarating performance.

Vulca V12 will be produced in very limited numbers: only 10, individually numbered. This will ensure exclusivity and unbelievable attention to detail. [F&M]

5. Rossion Q1 (2008)

The Rossion Q1 is a sports car from US car maker 1g Racing/Rossion Automotive. It is based on the Noble M400 and built by Hi-Tech Automotive. Founders Ian Grunes and Dean Rosen began development on the Rossion Q1 after acquiring the rights to the Noble M400 in February 2007. Their goal was to design a completely new car fusing the sporty strengths of the M400 with luxurious appointments. [Wikipedia]

6. Connaught Type D GT Syracuse Edition (2005)

Connaught Engineering, often referred to simply as Connaught, was a Formula One and sports car constructor from the United Kingdom. Their cars participated in 18 Grands Prix, entering a total of 52 races with their A, B, and C Type Formula 2 and Formula 1 Grand Prix Cars. They achieved 1 “podium” (a placing in the first three) and scored 17 championship points. The name Connaught is a pun on Continental Autos, the garage in Send, Surrey, which specialised in sales and repair of European sports cars such as Bugatti, and where the cars were built.

In 2004, the Connaught name was revived by Connaught Motor Company for their Type D Syracuse and Type D-H hybrid supercars. [Wikipedia]

7. Bolwell Nagari (2008)

The Bolwell Nagari is a sports car produced by Bolwell in Australia. The original Mk VIII Nagari was built from 1970 to 1974 and the Mk X Nagari was launched in 2008.

Nagari is an aboriginal word meaning “flowing,” and the Bolwell Nagari, also known as the Mk VIII, was the company’s first full production sports car with 100 coupes and 18 convertibles made. It was manufactured from 1970 to 1974 [3] and became the best known out of the 9 Bolwell car designs. [Wikipedia]

8. Devon GTX (2009)

Devon Motorworks is a Los Angeles, California-based industrial design house, currently specializing in the development of premium specialty vehicles, with an eye toward additional lifestyle products in the future.

The initial product, Devon GTX, was unveiled in 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The vehicle was conceived by Swedish designer Daniel Paulin and Devon Motor Works Founder Scott Devon, who shared a vision for an American supercar that combined classic and contemporary design cues.

The distinguishing features of the Devon GTX include an aircraft-quality carbon fiber body, “up and forward” articulating doors, two-tone wheel surrounds, minimal front/rear overhangs, dual center exhaust ports and carbon fiber racing seats.

In validation testing, the vehicle set an unofficial lap record at California’s Willow Springs Raceway. Following more recent testing, spy photos of the prototype appeared online.

Product development for the Devon GTX is led by former Ford executive engineer Andy Benedict, while assembly and manufacturing are headed by Clive Hawkins, founder of the Aria Group. Aerodynamic testing is supervised by Dr. Joseph Katz, Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at San Diego State University. Vehicle validation and testing are handled by former 24 Hours of Le Mans champion Justin Bell. [Wikipedia]

9. Orca C113 (2005)

Two-seated super-sports car with carbon fiber Monocoque, which contents 4 – 6 layers of carbon/kevlar and is baked and hardened as well. The entire body is made of 10 single parts for a trouble-free and inexpensive interchange. All the parts, which are attached to the body, are glued and screwed together. All parts weight is at about 45 kg. Curb weight of the car is 850 kg.

Drivetrain: transverse, mid-engine, rear wheel drive, half-sequential seven-speed gearbox with 80% differential lock. Engine: water-cooled V8 with twin turbochargers and intercooler, 4200 ccm capacity. Power is 650 BHP at 5400 rpm and torque is 665 lb.-ft. at 4200 rpm

10. Obvio! 828/2 (2005)

You’ve probably never heard of the Rio de Janeiro-based company called Obvio!, but it is quietly making inroads into selling its two mini cars, the $14,000 828/02 (shown) and the $28,000 012, in the U.S. by late 2006. Both cars are RWD and have mid-mounted four-cylinder Tritec Motors that the company will make available in 170- and 250-hp versions. Despite the lack of such common equipment as, umm… bumpers, Obvio! claims both cars will meet U.S. safety standards when they go on sale in California in late 2006. A CVT transmission, nav system and dashboard-integrated Boblbee backpack are standard. []