IN THE WORLD OF MOTORS
Heading materials prepared by Mikhail GZOVSKY
At first glance, the offer of the British company Altima-Sports sounds strange: buy a car for $ 100, 000 … without an engine! Nonsense? Do not rush to conclusions. Paying another 40 thousand, you get a car with an engine and transmission, which will put on the road and the latest "Porsche 911 Turbo", and any of the Ferrari models, and even the ambitious "Dodge Viper"! “Altima” is a real sports car.
The history of its creation brings us back to 1983, when designer and engineer Lee Nobel built the first car for the British racing series. That very first car was based on Renault details; a six-cylinder V-engine of the same company developed 273 liters. with. The car was not bad; Nobel managed to build and sell several dozen Altim. One of them, for $ 25, 000, was purchased by enthusiastic engineer Ted Marlow, who had been working on the refinement of race cars for many years. Marlowe sought to improve the performance of the car and adapt it for driving on public roads - and then … bought the Nobel case.
Over the next year and a half, Marlow replaced Renault parts with his own. The only exceptions are brakes made by order of the well-known company "IP Racing", as well as engines. Over the past five years, a small Marlow factory in the city of Hinckley (UK) annually produces about two hundred Altima Sports coupes and Altima Spider roadsters, and recently they began selling cars in the USA.
The beauty of Altima is that its chassis allows you to install, in fact, any engine with a number of cylinders from four to eight, including rotary piston and turbocharged ones. The main thing is that the power of the power unit does not exceed … 1000 forces! Pay the money, and they put on the car forced up to 650 liters. with. Chevrolet Small Block, 180-horsepower Rover V8 or two-liter Cosworth. The company itself prefers a combination of the eight-cylinder “eight” LS 1 from the Chevrolet Corvette and the five-speed transmission G50 from Porsche. In the power of the driver of such an "Altima" herd of 349 "horses" that can accelerate the car to the first "hundred" in 3.8 s, and the maximum speed is limited to 274 km / h!
Since Altima is a real sports car, its instrument panel is ascetic as that of an UAZ, and such a familiar thing as … a heater is completely absent. For its installation will have to pay about $ 1, 000, air conditioning - another 3, 100.