BS1 – Autocar Perfect Sports Car

May 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The British car magazine Autocar picked up its own challenge to envision the perfect sports car for the 21st century Britain. After all it was the Brits who came up with the idea of light and nimble sportscar almost 50 years ago, so why can’t they make them to day.

Autocar’s recipe for the perfect British sportscar which they call the BS1 is quite simple: An open-top two-seater, the BS1 is mid-engined, rear-driven, weighs less than 1000kg, and costs just £35,000. The BS1 would be built from a combination of aluminium and steel in a spaceframe chassis. The body panels would be made from glassfibre-reinforced plastic and carbonfibre – great for aesthetic appeal and keeping weight low.

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The power comes from a Volkswagen 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine tuned to produce as much torque as possible – with target figures of 250bhp, 350lb ft, 60mpg, 199g/km, 0-60 mph in 4.5 sec, 0-100 mph in 10.0 sec and a top speed of 147 mph.

Commenting on his blueprint Autocar’s Editor-at-large Steve Sutcliffe said “As the world of cars gets ever more complex and produces machines that are increasingly sophisticated in their design and engineering, there’s still a desire for something at the other end of the scale.  A sports car that’s simple to understand and interact with. And, most of all, dead good fun to drive.”