Canadian manufacturer Magnum has busted out a new track-day special known as the MK5, which looks like a cross between the Zenos E10, Caterham AeroSeven Concept and BAC Mono.
Magnum’s MK5 weighs a paltry 545kg, thanks to carbon fibre bodywork. Combine this with a 250bhp rear-mounted 4-cylinder engine and you get an impressive power to weight ratio of 450bhp per tonne. This allows a 0 to 60mph sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. A limited-slip differential makes sure power goes where it needs to.
Plant your foot and the engine can scream up to 11,000rpm, and as it goes around corners, it’ll supposedly inflict up to 2G of force on the driver. The absurd-sounding grip level is made possible by F1-inspired pushrod suspension and ‘ultra-high performance’ tyres mated to 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
Body panels can be easily removed and replaced, just in case your driving ends up writing cheques your ability can’t cash.
Mod-cons are thin on the ground, but the Magnum MK5 does at least come with a 6-point racing harnesses for you and one brave passenger, as well as backlit digital dials and a GPS-enabled lap timer on its removable steering wheel. There’s even a small cargo area.
Magnum may not be a name you are familiar with, but the company has been involved in motorsport for more than four decades.
“When we decided to get back to our roots of building cars, we agreed that the newest Magnum had to be exciting in every sense,” Magnum CTO and president Bruno St-Jacques explained. “Our racing background dictated the philosophy behind the MK5; our main objective has been to achieve an experience that is pure and as close to driving a true racecar, in a simple to use and easy to drive platform.”
All pre-orders of the Canadian rocket have been filled and only 20 will be made annually so you’d better get in quick if you want one. Deliveries are expected in late 2014. Prices start at US$139,000.
Magnum MK5 images