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Redback Spyder: Oz designed & built road going supercar


June 4, 2004

Victorian based Carbontech have produced this stunning home grown V8 sports car known as the Redback Spyder. The open-top, road-hugging Spyder features a LeMAN style full front and rear ground effects tray system and unique twin alloy, front mounted radiators for improved weight distribution and centre of gravity characteristics. The 32 Valve, 4.0L V8 generates 400+ horses at 7500rpm and is capable of reaching 100kph from a standing start in under 4 seconds.

The incredibly low profile lines (ground clearance is a meagre 125mm) wrap tightly around the 17" wheels. The reduced frontal area creates less resistance and radiator and brake cooling is enhanced by the massive front air intakes.

The chassis is a semi-monocoque space-frame construction and the body is a carbon/Kevlar composite. The vehicle's aerodynamics are further enhanced by a fully adjustable rear wing and the option of 5 or 6 speed manual LSD transaxle is given.

A top speed of 320kph is estimated for the tw0-seater Spyder, which is currently only available as completed Turnkey model (not a kits) but no price is available at the time of publication. See www.carbontech.com.au for more information and contact details.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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