Naran unveils 1050hp GT3-style hypercarNovember 25, 2020
Business jet operator Naran Automotive has unveiled its hypercar. A total of 49 Naran 2+2 coupes will be produced with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 racing engine producing 1,048 horsepower.
Young hypercar maker Naran Automotive has released the first images of the 1,048bhp four-seater that it plans to launch in 2022. Naran intends to build 49 examples of the “hyper coupe” after dynamic development over the next year, although this number may eventually increase with the roofless variant of the Barchetta.
According to the founder of the company Amir Naran, who plans to follow in the footsteps of Horatio Pagani and Christian von Koenigsegg, development began on the hypercar in 2017. According to him, each car after individual adjustment will cost about a million euros. In a three-seater version, the car will offer serious track opportunities. Compared to the likes of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera or Ferrari 812 Superfast, it will offer an even faster, “intuitive and extreme” ride.
To be commercially viable, Naran Automotive has entered into an agreement with BMW to supply key elements of the package prior to upgrades. The monocoque shares the model with the 8-Series, so the Naran’s glass roof is identical to that of BMW’s flagship coupe. Everything else, including the chassis and subframes that will allow the engine to sit low and nestle directly against the bulkhead, is custom made. The body, designed by Apollo IE and De Tomaso P72 stylist Jovin Wong, is formed from composite panels.
The dimensions of the Naran hypercar are quite considerable: in the garage of West London, where the model was presented, it almost covered the Rolls-Royce next to it. Steve Pegg, chief project engineer and former Jaguar Land Rover employee, claims the car is about the same width as a BMW M8. Moreover, its weight is less than that of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe, and is about 1,620 kg. This width is due to the need to manage weight transfer and create space for an adjustable suspension that uses a double wishbone design.
Along with most of the aerodynamic elements of the car, the suspension was designed by EY3 Engineering, based in Norfant, which has won various contracts for the performance of touring car racing. Driving will be the same Öhlins four-speed variable coilover coilover seen in GT3 races. The steering will use electro-hydraulic assistance, which Pegg says owners can expect “fantastic feedback.” Rounding out the look are wide 22-inch carbon-aluminum wheels and AP Racing carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The engine is supplied by Racing Dynamics, a powerful 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with a maximum output of 1,048 hp. and 1035 Nm of torque. Almost every component of the BMW 4.4-liter block has reportedly been redesigned. The 8-speed ZF automatic transmission provides four-wheel drive or, if the multi-plate clutch in the center transfer case is disengaged, only the rear wheels. To facilitate this adjustment, the Naran will use BMW axle drives.
Naran Automotive intends to test the character of the car at the Nurburgring, and will include an attempt to set a lap record for legal front-engined cars. After passing the necessary tests in the UK at its R&D base, Racing Dynamics’ plant in Aachen, Germany, will assemble the model at two cars per month.
As for the interior, Recaro will supply the seats that will receive carbon fiber shells with the added benefit of having very thin backrests that free up about 15cm of rear legroom. Horsehair and marble are used in the finishes, and such an eccentric choice seems incompatible with the raison d’être of a track supercar with over 1,000 hp. with sophisticated suspension and the widespread use of lightweight materials, but customization is key in this echelon of the market.
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