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The Felino cB7: Canada's newest supercar

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February 9, 2014

The Felino cB7 is aimed at the international market

The Felino cB7 is aimed at the international market

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North America may be in the grip of a brutal winter, but Canada is trying to bring in some heat with a homegrown supercar. At this year’s Salon International de Montréal, the Felino Corporation unveiled its Felino cB7 – a high-performance two-seater for the track that’s potentially street legal. Led by CEO and Canadian champion race driver Antoine Bessette, it marks the culmination of a four-year effort to bring a supercar out of Quebec.

Since the Felino Corporation was founded, it was known mostly for organizing corporate events, conducting advanced driving classes, and coaching top-level race drivers. But In 2010, it turned its efforts towards creating concept cars aimed at the track-day crowd. Building on lessons learned from a four-cylinder prototype that began testing in 2012 on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and other locations, the cB7 is Felino’s try at upping the ante a bit.

Billed as a second-generation prototype, the rear-wheel drive, mid-forward engined cB7 has an improved tubular frame chassis wrapped with composites. With a wheelbase of 2,451 mm (96.4 in), its 1,135 kg (2,502 lb) curb weight is distributed in a 50/50 ratio between front and back.

The Felino cB7 bonnet view

The body is made of composites with carbon-fiber panels, the wings are integrated into the bodywork, and there are HID performance headlamps. As far as style goes in that composite shell, it carries an air of aggressive, almost vicious fantasy. With flaring wings and a peculiarly high passenger cab, from some angles the cB7 looks like it’s all vents, air scoops, and through lines with a car slipped inside afterwards.

Under the bonnet is a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a cast aluminum engine block punching 525 bhp (391 kW) and 489 ft-lb (663 Nm) of torque. According to Felino, a four and six-cylinder version are also available. Backing this up is a six-speed manual, optional sequential gearbox. As to performance, the company says that those numbers won’t be available until tests are completed later this year.

The cB7 has independent, double-wishbone cast aluminum front and rear suspension with adjustable spring and compression rate. The aluminum alloy wheels have six-piston caliper front brakes and there are four-piston calipers in the rear.

Felino cB7 side view

Since this is primarily a track car, it isn't surprising that the cB7 features molded carbon fiber seats with six-point harnesses. There’s also a removable quick-steering wheel, the carbon-fiber dash has an on-board data acquisition system, and Felino also offers optional race suit cooling.

Felino says that the cB7 is aimed at the international market, but will also sell a limited number in Canada. The company is still finalizing some design details and will build two more concepts before production models start to roll out sometime in 2015. There are also plans for a possible electric car down the road.

Though the final price has yet to be determined, the Felino cB7 will be offered at under US$100,000.

Source: Felino via Top Gear

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10 Comments

I think that is really nice. It is neat that it is also from Canada.

I hope either Top Gear or Top Gear America has it on their show. It would be nice to see it on the track.

BigWarpGuy
10th February, 2014 @ 06:23 am PST

I said well OK to the front, but when I seen the back view of this car, I threw up in my mouth a little bit. WOW ! was this styled after the batmobile ?

Jay Finke
10th February, 2014 @ 08:34 am PST

Amazing! They have managed to produce an automobile that has not a single view that isn't ugly and ungainly. I looked at every picture hoping to find some aspect of the styling that was in some way redeeming, but nope, there isn't one. I can't even remember a Hot Wheels that was so unbecoming.

Lsaguy
10th February, 2014 @ 09:16 am PST

OK, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I'm beholding that thing and have no beauty whatsoever in my eye. That rear view is a critical mass of ugly. Woof!

Arf
10th February, 2014 @ 01:00 pm PST

the shape is reminiscent of an early Bugatti...1957 SC Atlantic in particular.

Robert Meurant
10th February, 2014 @ 02:34 pm PST

Guys ... like really?

You spend the big bucks to put this amazing machine together. I love you and admire for that.

Did it have to look like that? ... feel like your design department its not a design department. A cross between the Audi R8 and the BMW Z series? put together by a Batman fan... and we pick up the worst aspects of it? ... First one goes for the looks then for character ... its gotta be pretty otherwise it wont fly, simple as that. Ahhh ... its painful ... what a waste ... the mean look its OK, but its gotta mean business as well "Bite no bark" type deal. Big mouth with tail between legs look? ... we totally forgot beauty as a society ... this is what we get. Sorry. Had to vent.

Biggiginthesky
10th February, 2014 @ 02:59 pm PST

It could be reminiscent of the Bugatti ...1957 SC Atlantic

http://indulgy.com/post/OjsznxWDD1/bugatti-atlantic

which is considered by some to be the one of the most elegant of all designs ... which its reminiscent of the Talbot-Lago t150 c http://www.picsauto.com/imgs/27343-talbot-lago-t150-c/7/

"The most elegant of all cars" ... but the intention didn't pass the "Designer's" mind, the designer couldn't come forward with it, guess he never understood the inspiration to start with. Sorry it didn't happen.

Biggiginthesky
10th February, 2014 @ 03:25 pm PST

Has some hints of Bugatti and Sunbeam Talbot, but what else can you do with a mid-mounted or pushed-back engine?

You MUST end up with a long bonnet and rear passenger cabin!

I really don't mind that rear view. but if it gets legally on the road, vision behind for parking and lane changing could be problematic, a camera somewhere linked to the mirror(s) would be essential.

Perhaps by production versions they will give us a 8-speed gearbox? They are appearing all over in 2014 models.

And what about a hybrid version with 2 a pair of those Nissan tiny 400 HP motors?

One keeping up the batteries for "normal" driving / cruising (FWD), the other cutting in when needed for the extra power (4WD).

The Skud
10th February, 2014 @ 05:32 pm PST

The chassis maybe an engineering wonder but the body is an unfortunate exercise in ugly. Call Italy or even England for a stylist, send your stylers off to the backbacon factory.

blujay
11th February, 2014 @ 09:40 am PST

Tacky

b@man
11th February, 2014 @ 12:33 pm PST
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