AS I negotiate the roundabout on an urban road, the hi-tech G-force readout shows 1.38. My seat of the pants G-force meter reads ‘‘ bail out’’ of the Jaydee Quantum open-wheeler. Creator Jeff David mirrors my inane grin.
Why? Because the car stops, goes and corners like a formula racer yet it’s docile enough, if the driver uses the right foot lightly, to run to the shops.
A trawl of supercar standings reveals the Koenigsegg CCXR — Swedish-built and costing about $4 million— is slower than the Jaydee vehicle in the 0-100km/h sprint and also off the pace in lateral and braking grip and roll-on acceleration.
David plans to sell the Quantum from $250,000 (topof-the range, about $400,000).
Standard issue is a 280kW supercharged engine that began life in a Honda Accord Euro, overhauled with racespec components and outstanding attention to detail. The six-speed gearbox has had the same treatment.
Opt for a second supercharger— complete with an in-dash dial to moderate up to 560kW— and the transversely mounted gearbox, developed with Hollinger and complete with paddle shifters, is the transmission of choice.
Built largely of carbon-fibre and aircraft-grade alloys, the Quantum tips the scales at less than 600kg. That’s a scary power to weigh ratio. It claims 2.6 seconds to hit 100km/h from rest and reaches 292km/h.
Yet I’ve never to see a car with the Quantum’s racebased set-up handle a repeatedly patched section of public road with such civil manners. Now it’s just up to punters at the Australian Grand Prix— where this pocket rocket is on display— to stump up the deposits.