Two former McLaren engineers, part of the team which designed and developed the McLaren F1, have now created their own lightweight two-seater for road and track use. The Freestream T1 is claimed to "offer a near Formula One performance experience comparable to that of a Le Mans prototype"; it will cost around £150,000 and just 25 a year will be built.
Freestream founders Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead, who run their own engineering consultancy, say that the T1 will be launched later this year, and that they already have a number of potential customers interested in the project. The car will feature a bespoke-built F1-spec 2.4-litre V8 (480bhp) and will weigh just 465kg, giving a power-to-weight ratio of over 1000bhp-per-tonne. The car, to be built in premises at Farnham, Surrey, will be extensively tested in a wind tunnel for optimum aerodynamics; the first prototype is said to be near completion.
Ben Scott-Geddes said: "Our aim is to move the performance envelope up to current sports-prototype levels thereby setting a new benchmark for a road car exemplified by its agility and handling abilities. We've spoken to enthusiastic owners who have become frustrated and bored with their regular sports and race cars, whose potential is heavily restricted through constrained engineering and race formula regulations. In that respect we've torn up the rule book to give customers what they ultimately desire: a road car with an uncompromised yet safe performance experience." More information can be found at www.freestreamcars.com.