Connaught Type-D or sports new car with a V10 engineNovember 28, 2020
The Connaught Type-D is the most impressive V10 sports car ever and, for all its genius, never entered series production. Still, a British supercar could get a second chance.
In today’s increasingly stringent world of emissions regulations, very few vehicles are equipped with powerful V10 engines. Automakers continue to produce engines with fewer cylinders and smaller displacement, and it seems that time for the legendary V10 is almost over. Fortunately, there is one resilient company in Wales looking to bring a new V10 sports car to market.
The Connaught Type-D GT was a personal project of a former Jaguar engineer who started his own automotive business.
“Our goal is to develop a hybrid sports car of the future with a V10 engine,” he said. Unfortunately, the lofty engineering goals of the Connaught team meant that their creations never made it to the markets, and the company closed in 2004 due to financial difficulties. Their futuristic supercar, combining a lightweight sports car with hybrid technology, was the pinnacle of innovation, especially when the only modern hybrid at the time was the Toyota Prius.
The Connaught Type-D GT was powered by a dedicated 2.0-liter supercharged V10 engine that produced a respectable 300 horsepower and 371 Nm of torque. It was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and was installed very far away in the car to create a front-mid engine layout. The V10 was to be complemented by a hybrid system that would enable the Connaught Type-D GT to achieve impressive fuel economy.
The Connaught Type-D GT recently got a second chance as all production rights were acquired by Bevan Davidson International, an engineering firm in Wales. This unique organization specializes in the creation of experimental cars, making them unique for the monumental task of reviving this forgotten car.
Not so long ago, we wrote that the Audi TT Open Sky or the vainly forgotten 2001 concept. In 2001, the guys from the German company Audi presented a concept called the Audi TT Open Sky, which translates as “open sky”. The car was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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