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Lucra roadster promises low weight, ludicrous power

You may not have heard of Lucra. No matter though — all you need to know is the US company likes to hand-build ludicrously fast V8-powered machines that weigh about as much as a weekly shop.

So you can understand our Christmas-type excitement now the US company has teased the world with images of a new mystery machine — an as yet unnamed roadster that looks to steal all the best bits of the Lyonheart K, Corvette, Fisker Karma and just about every TVR ever built.

Details are scant for the new model, but we can guess where it’s going. Lucra’s mission is to slay the logic that says powerful cars have to be heavy. The company’s LC470 for example, seen in the Fast & Furious 6, uses a laser-cut spaceframe tubular chassis and carbon fibre body that weigh a measly 127kg and 59kg, respectively. This allows a sub one tonne kerb weight to be achieved.

Now factor in a 7.0-litre General Motors V8 borrowed from the Corvette Z06 (the most powerful GM has ever made) or the 6.2-litre V8 from the Mercedes C63 AMG and you can see how a 0 to 62mph time of less than 3 seconds, a quarter mile of 10.1 seconds and a top speed of more than 200mph is doable.

Whatever the final numbers of this particular car, big power and low weight will likely be the aim and that’s fine by us.

Lucra originally teased the roadster model in a MotorTrend YouTube video back in January of this year and then it all went a bit quiet. Here’s hoping the arrival of images means Lucra’s second car is on track for a not-too-distant release.

Via: Top Gear

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