NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR Home­grown Supercar

Once again we take a peek at a hand­ful of your on­go­ing clas­sic-car restora­tion projects W

New Zealand Classic Car - - BEHIND THE GARADE DOOR -

hen a cou­ple of Welling­to­nian mates, Fraser Simp­son and Zac Haar, de­cided to build a one-off kit car they weren’t kid­ding and, af­ter toss­ing around a few ideas, they hatched a rather am­bi­tious plan.

The ini­tial Us-made kit car they chose is one that uses the Mclaren F1 as a styling base – rather than a straight out replica. There are two en­gine op­tions avail­able for this kit, with four or eight cylin­ders, but Fraser de­cided that if the end re­sult was go­ing to look like a supercar, then it had to sound like a supercar. The next step was to search for a suit­able en­gine, which lead them to a com­pany in the US that sells crashed and dam­aged Lam­borgh­i­nis — the ini­tial plan be­ing to use a Gal­lardo V10 and drivetrain. How­ever, on re­flec­tion they de­cided that the end prod­uct would re­ally be just a re­bod­ied Gal­lardo.

Af­ter con­sid­er­ing a few other op­tions they stum­bled upon a early-model Pa­gani Zonda that had been crashed in Las Ve­gas, and af­ter some slick ne­go­ti­at­ing, the Mercedes-benz AMG 6.0-litre V12 en­gine was sal­vaged from the wreck and was soon New Zealand– bound.

The V12 en­gine will be hooked up to cus­tom-made six-speed se­quen­tial transaxle be­ing de­vel­oped by Men­de­ola in the US, and it will be con­trolled via a Geartron­ics pad­dle-shift sys­tem from the UK.

Zac will help to make a fully cus­tom in­te­rior, and the in­ten­tion is to end up with a heav­ily mod­i­fied ex­te­rior to suit their own re­quire­ments.

Lots of other parts and de­tails are well un­der­way, in­clud­ing the sus­pen­sion sys­tem, which is a world first and has been in de­vel­op­ment for three years. It’s a new ac­tive sus­pen­sion sys­tem de­signed orig­i­nally for the US mil­i­tary. The car will also fea­ture fully in­te­grated, ac­tive front and rear air-brakes as well as a cus­tom touch-screen to con­trol items such as the MOTEC M1 launch sys­tem, trac­tion con­trol, e-throt­tle maps and ex­haust valve sys­tems amongst other things.

Per­for­mance tar­gets in­clude achiev­ing around 410kw and torque fig­ures in the range of 65–750Nm, while keep­ing kerb­weight down to around 1050– 1100kg – that should put the FZ12’S power-to-weight ra­tio firmly into Bu­gatti Veyron ter­ri­tory.

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