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
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.