Berkeley Bandit machine will be revived

Berkeley Bandit machine will be revived

October 30, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The British car Berkeley Bandit was introduced 60 years ago, shortly before the bankruptcy of Berkeley Cars.

Although only two were built, the Bandit will be revived thanks to the efforts of automotive industrial designer Martin Rees and motorsport engineer Simon Skliter. The modern iteration of Bandit, which will launch in April next year, will have a retro look created by Lithuanian designer Vladas Trakselis. There are no details about the upcoming novelty, but it is known that it will appear in coupe and roadster bodies.

It is expected that the car will be built on a composite chassis, for the manufacture of which natural materials will be used. The mid-engined roadster will be offered with both electric and gasoline engines.

So, the roadster will be equipped with a 400-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine from Ford paired with a 6-speed transmission. Such a unit will allow a 700 kg roadster to accelerate to 96 km / h in 3.5 seconds. The coupe will receive a similar engine, but due to an increase in mass by 30 kg, it will be slightly slower: it will be able to accelerate to 96 km / h in 3.8 seconds.

There is no information on the electric version at the moment, but it is noted that it will receive motors and batteries used in the AirRaceE competitions. The model should also be “approachable, elegant and iconic.”

In addition, it was recently noted that the American company Tesla will return radio to its own electric cars, but not for free. Thus, the owners of the old Tesla Model S and Model X will be able to listen to radio stations in the FM and AM bands.