Automotive Design and Development
Automotive Design and Development Ltd (ADD) was an English company that was responsible for the creation of the futuristic-looking Nova kit car. The company was based in Southampton from 1971 to 1973 after which it moved to Accrington, Lancashire until 1975. ADD as a company failed and the rights to the Nova were bought by Vic Elam who founded a new company, Nova Cars in Mirfield, West Yorkshire in 1978 which continued until 1990. A low volume production run was made by Nova Developments in Cornwall in the 90's and the company was sold to Shashi Vyas whose company Aerotec Nova is still based in circa 1996. Examples are being produced after this time in India as an electric Supernova EV, the body moulds are now in India with the company and they are producing an electric production version of the car. The company's website is called Supernovaev.com. The electric version car the car will be launched in May 2013 and will be exported world wide. The electric nova will be lead acid based and will have a range of 220 km per charge. With a new Chassis, customers will be able install almost any PMDC or AC motor in the car and their own battery as well. There will be 3 new models and new design shapes but keeping the main hydraulic door system still alive.
The car was styled by Richard Oakes with engineering by Phil Sayers. The two seater Nova with its dramatically opening roof/door canopy combines basic ideas of the Ford GT40 and Lamborghini Miura in a fiberglass shell on a VW Beetle chassis and mechanicals.
Licensed versions of the Nova have been built in Austria as the Ledl, in Australia as the Purvis Eureka, in France as the Défi, in Italy as the Totem and Puma, in New Zealand as the Scorpion, in South Africa as the Eagle, in Switzerland as the Gryff, in the United States as the Sterling and Sovran and in Zimbabwe as the Tarantula. There have also been numerous un-licensed copies. Some versions featured pop-up head lamps and gull-wing doors, but the basic silhouette remained the same.
-  Nova Owners Club website
-  UK Nova website
-  US Sterling owners website
- Nova appearances in movies from the Internet Movie Car Database
-  Sterling Sports Cars LLC USA is a company with new information
-  Information about the film "Condorman" - which featured a yellow Nova car
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