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Tomahawk super kit-car supports a trio of powertrains

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March 10, 2014

The Tomahawk kit-car features various items like dihedral doors, a T6 aluminum monocoque chassis, front and rear crash zones, a polymer panel body, built-in roll bar and a targa-top (Image: Dubuc SLC)

The Tomahawk kit-car features various items like dihedral doors, a T6 aluminum monocoque chassis, front and rear crash zones, a polymer panel body, built-in roll bar and a targa-top (Image: Dubuc SLC)

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While most of Canada seems content to let the rest of the world worry about designing exotic vehicles, some in Quebec see things slightly differently. Recently the francophone province has brought us such automotive morsels as the Felino cb7 and the MK5 track racer, and now Dubuc SLC’s Tomahawk, a multi-talented 2-seater kit-car, capable of supporting an electric drive train, or one pilfered from a gas-powered car or motorcycle, can be added to the list of boutique Quebecois offerings.

Located in Quebec City, the Dubuc Super Light Car team has put forward a scheme where both buyer and designer participate. Recently shown at the Quebec City International Auto Show, the Tomahawk’s design is premised around a traditional mid-engined architectural model. Similar in design and proportions to a Ferrari 458 or Tesla Roadster, the two-door sports car features some interesting design and engineering goodies including gullwing doors, a T6 aluminum monocoque chassis, polymer body panels, a built-in roll bar and a targa-top. The aluminum chassis, reported to weigh in at a scant 300 lb (136 kg) is capable of fitting a 6’3” individual if needed.

Now although the team claims that the Tomahawk kit-car has been “engineered to be the fastest, safest, and strongest SuperCar kit on the market,” it does so without a standard powerplant or provided performance figures. This does provide a diverse platform though. Dubuc SLS says that the aluminum chassis is designed in such a way that it can accept either an electric drive train (as shown in Quebec), gas or motorcycle engine. This multi-tasking ability does require the team to adapt the Tomahawk’s engine mounts and modify the rear driveline system to fit the chosen powerplant.

The kit itself provides many key ingredients to build the Tomahawk, but buyers are still on the hook to source some of the kit-car’s remaining items. Things like the engine and transmission from a FWD vehicle needs to be tracked down, as does a C4 Corvette’s front suspension, bearings, wheels and brake components, a wiring harness to help get the electrics functioning, lights, the radiator, fuel tank, seat belts and of course, carpet. A full list of what's in the kit and what you need to bring to the table yourself can be found here.

So while the kit price of US$19,995 may seem appealing, the economic reality is buyers will be required to do some extra financial lifting. Mario Dubuc says the cost of a full build could come in as low as $30,000 providing a suitable donor car is found, and with a build time estimated at a 250 hours, those with the know-how might still find a bargain-priced supercar at the end of this rainbow.

Dubuc SLC is currently taking reserve payments of $5000 for the Tomahawk Kit. There's no word as yet on a time frame for delivery.

Source: Dubuc SLS

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9 Comments

I think that is really nice looking. With the King Midget kit, most of it is built and one just have to provide a power unit and transmission. From what I have read, this still makes it a kit car. It would be neat if they had one similar made. I think it is cool since one can chose how one would power it. I would - if I could afford one - use an electric motor, batteries and a fuel cell. IMO, it would make it green and cool.

BigGoofyGuy

The cutesy forced-perspective images of the miniature version do not lend much credibility....

Pretty much any kitcar can be powered by any drivetrain the end builder can attempt, within their resources.

Nothing personal to these guys, I'm just tired of sensationalistic claims.

Out-run,out-handle (or out-range) the Tesla or some real "Super Car" on video, Mano a Mano.

Then you have something.

Otherwise, you might as well claim a cold-fusion reactor or a new&improved flux capacitor is coming soon!

Griffin

A way to know what speed you were traveling and a tach would be nice.

Nelson Chick

Not bad in theory, but I would want to see examples of drive trains in place and "turn-key" models on the road for comparison with, say, Chaterhams or similar.

The Skud

Too many unknowns here...and FWD ? You gotta be kidding...

Martin Hone

Looks like it's made for a transverse FWD drivetrain mounted in the back.

Gregg Eshelman

Unless those doors contain some hefty beams and super strong latches, I'm not so sure of the integrity of a body that's nothing more than a flat floor connecting the front and back wheels. A reverse mounted FWD would also pose some interesting modifications to work properly. $19,995 seems somewhat overpriced for what you get.

Bob

BigWarpGuy- Regarding the King Midget kit, is it for sale yet? If so, do you have a link?

John Gochnauer

See Gizmag article here for the difference between gull-wing and scissor doors: http://www.gizmag.com/italdesign-giugiaro-clipper-concept/31141/

Donald Scharfenorth
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