LMC 400bhp Australian Track-Day Car

February 28, 2023 By Mike
Last updated on February 28, 2023

With the sale of c.60 Superformance GT40s, 25 Shelby roadster evocations and 16 Shelby Daytona Cobra continuation cars to its name, Le Mans Coupes (LMC) boasts 20 years’ experience of importing high-performance machinery to the UK for the benefit of both road and track enthusiasts. Now it’s added the Spartan to its already mouth-watering list of offerings.

The product of Sydney-based Australian twins Nick and Peter Pap, the newcomer is a mid-engined street legal, track-day car that, in ultimate specification, develops a storming 570bhp/tonne courtesy of a Rotrex supercharged 2.4-litre Honda K24 powerplant. It drives through a Quaife six-speed sequential or Honda six-speed manual gearbox, while braking is by AP Racing discs and the active suspension system comprises double wishbones and programmable TracTive ACE dampers. The world–class tubular steel spaceframe chassis exceeds FIA safety standards and is clothed in ultra-high-quality carbonfibre bodywork that weighs in at under 20kg.

The Spartan is quick by any measure and will comfortably cover the 0-62mph sprint in 2.5 seconds and achieve a terminal speed in excess of 155mph. Limpet-like roadholding results from optimised aerodynamics that produce some 660 lbs of downforce at 125mph, rising to 1030 lbs at maximum speed. A complete lack of driver aids ensures the raw seat-of-the-pants feel the brothers were determined to achieve. Points of note include that the Spartan can uniquely be changed from right to lefthand drive or vice versa in just 30 minutes, and it is a limited edition model of which only 300 examples will be produced for worldwide sale, the first of which is now in the UK and available for demonstration.

Commenting on the Spartan, LMC’s Managing Director Oliver Hulme said: “We are thrilled to be offering this stunning car that, by combining cutting-edge technology with jaw-dropping 1960s-inspired styling, brings something completely fresh and exciting to the ever-expanding track-day market.”

The car’s option list includes the deletion of the supercharger, and glassfibre rather than carbonfibre bodywork. Prices for the UK market start at £105,000 plus VAT, plus shipping. Further information on the Spartan and Le Mans Coupes’ other offerings is available at www.lemanscoupes.com.