Ascari A10

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Ascari A10
Ascari A10.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ascari Cars
Production 2006–present
Assembly Banbury, England
Designer Paul Brown
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout RMR layout
Related Ascari KZ1, Ascari KZ1-R, BMW M5
Powertrain
Engine 4,941 cc (302 cu in) BMW V8 S62
Transmission 6-speed manual (sequential manual in option)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,636 mm (103.8 in)
Length 4,300 mm (169.3 in)
Width 1,852 mm (72.9 in)
Height 1,138 mm (44.8 in)
Curb weight 1,280 kg (2,822 lb)

The Ascari A10 is an automobile produced by the British company Ascari Cars that was conceived by Dutch millionaire Klaas Zwart.[1] It is a road-going evolution of the KZ1-R GT race car that participated the Spanish GT Championship, with both cars penned by ex-Formula One designer Paul Brown. It is the third road car produced by the company, after the Ecosse and the KZ1, with the name A10 intended to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the company.

The A10 features a modified 4,941 cc (302 cu in) BMW V8 engine producing 625 bhp (466 kW), delivered via a six-speed sequential manual gearbox, with a regular manual transmission available as an option. The A10 shares the same basic carbon fibre chassis as the KZ1, with all-new bodywork and racing-derived suspension. Despite the addition of an FIA-spec roll cage and the fire-suppression system, the removal of sound proofing, air conditioning, and stereo system contributes to the A10's relatively light weight of 1,280 kg (2,822 lb).[2]

The company planned to hand-assemble fifty A10s in Banbury, England.[3]

In the tenth series of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson compared it to the Daihatsu Materia and said "Sure the Daihatsu is a good car... but on balance... I'd choose the big, yellow, shouty car instead" [4] On December 9, 2007 the Ascari A10 was featured in the UK show Top Gear and driven around the track by The Stig in 1:17.3, making it the fastest car until it was beaten by the Gumpert Apollo S in 2008, which completed a lap in 1:17.1.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ascari Cars, Beautiful beast". The Manufacturer. April 2006. Archived from the original on 14 December 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Second British Supercar Emerges From the Ascari Stable". Ascari Cars. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ascari A10". supercars.net. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Top Gear, Series 10, Episode 9.