Round tube space frame design that combines a 60's period look, but conforms to
modern packaging and engineering requirements. The chasis layout was originally
done by Jim Price himself, and then later optimized by the late Bob Negsted and
Dan Bamford (of Roush engineering) with the finite element analysis by Wes
Shultz of ACT. The torsional stiffness of the chassis alone is in order of 6,000
lbs per degree!
The Coupe is designed to take a Ford 351 Windsor engine that can be stroked
to 427 cu in. The chassis was engineered for a six speed Tremac T56
transmission. The Coupe is fitted with a 3.46:1 BTR Hydratrack differential,
arguably the most modern slip-controlled differential available for road cars
today. Roush Technolgies developed the Roush 402 RC engine for the Beta and
Gamma prototypes (Alpha prototype competed in the 2000 One Lap of America with
an Olthoff-developed engine). The RC develops 501 bhp at 5,900 rpm and 580
ft/lbs of torque at 4,900 rpm, giving the prototype amazing performance figures:
0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, the standing quarter mile in 11.5 sec and a top speed
in excess of 200 mph.
BODY / INTERIOR:
With shape and form styled by Peter Brock, the composite body is completely
new, with advanced aerodynamics.
The front windscreen is a heated and tinted
shatterproof unit, the manually operated wind-up side windows are of toughened
glasss. The luxurious two-seater leather-trimmed interior is air conditioned,
three-point retractable seat belts are standard. Modern Stewart Warner
instruments. These and the standard controls are ergonmically laid out. The
cockpit, which offers 35.75" headroom and 4" seat travel, features a full
custom-made air conditioner with heating and cooling as well as multi-speed fans
and directional control.
The dash has a lockable glovebox and space for a radio.
A remote immobilzer and remote keyless locks and door opening are standard. A
roll bar, a black padded roof liner and a 14"Moto Lita steering wheel complete
the all-black interior.
Bob Negstad together with Don and Wes designed the fully independent
suspension. The rear suspension is based on the work Bob and Klaus Arning did in
the 60's, a truly unique and impressive unequal A arm design front and rear. All
the computer simulations were done by Wes using industry standard ANSYS
The power-assisted rack and pinion steering has 2.5 turns lock to lock and gives the Coupe a turning circle of 42 ft.
SHOCKS AND SPRINGS:
Bilstein and H&R collaborated to create a purpose built set of coil-overs front
Vacuum-boosted system, Australian PBR calipers with 12.8" x
1.25" vented rotors in front, 12" x 1" in rear. The swept area is 428 sq in, or
310 sq inches per ton.
Cast allow 18" x 8" wheels in front, 18" x 10" at the rear. The wheels are
styled similar to the traditional FIA wheel
Tires of choice are:
Dunlop 9000: 285x50x18 R
Pirelli Pzero: 285x45x18 R
The radiator has an aluminum core with built-in water to oil cooler.
The exhaust system has the original looking side pipes but then goes back
through a rear-mounted muffler. Full "race" side mufflers will be available as
options. The stainless steel fuel tank is mounted over the rear axle and holds
21 gallons. There are stowage lockers under the rear deck and in the rear wheel
All Superformance products are supplied complete, but without
engines and transmissions. The selection, purchase and installation of the drive
train are the responsibility of the purchaser.