LANCAIR LAUNCHES TWO-SEAT BARRACUDA
It’s been only a year and a half since the Huffstutler family took over Lancair International and relocated the assets from the headquarters in Redmond, Oregon, and the manufacturing facility in Cebu, Philippines, to Uvalde, Texas, but since then, the company has already announced two new airplane models. Sticking with the maritime nomenclature — the first model being the Mako — the latest addition is called the Barracuda.
The two-seat Barracuda is a derivative of the speedy Legacy airframe. It has a longer one-piece wing, which Lancair says makes the build time quicker and the flight characteristics more docile. The Barracuda also features the same auto-retractable nose gear installed on the Mako.
“The Barracuda is a 2-2-2 proposition — two seats and 200-knot cruise for only $200,000,” says Lancair president Conrad Huffstutler. “We’ve taken the best features of the Mako and created an entry-level Lancair for the pilot who wants maximum performance with a minimum investment of build time and budget. We’re expecting to take a big bite of the two-seat performance market.”
The airplane is powered by a 210 hp Lycoming O-390 engine and has a 65-gallon fuel tank, giving the Barracuda a 1,200 nm range. Other engine choices are available with added costs and different performance numbers. The $200,000 price tag also includes the highly capable Garmin G3X/GTN 750 combination along with a GTX 45R transponder, with ADS-B In and Out capability, and a 406 MHz ELT. Paint and interior costs are not included. However, a two-week builder-assist program at the factory in Uvalde is included. Customers who want a complete airplane can have one for an extra $75,000, though it comes with additional restrictions.
Lancair is taking orders for the Barracuda, though it won’t be available until next year. Lancair also supports the former 320-360, ES-ESP, IV-IVP and Legacy models.