It's not another bad joke--A
Polish supercar--or is it?
There are times in a country's history when they
achieve the unthinkable, produce greatness that
others cannot deny. These superb vehicles are
destined to hold places of honor on the walls of
young boys bedrooms, become movie stars and
the objects of car collectors desires. In Germany,
it was the Mercedes-Benz 300sl Gullwing and
Porsche 911. In Italy, the Ferrari 250 GTO and
Lamborghini Countach. In Britain it was the
Jaguar E-type and Aston Martin DB5. In France,
the Bugatti Veyron In the United States it was
the Shelby Cobra and the Corvette ZR1. Well
believe it or not, Poland can be added to this list
of nations with supercars.
Polish company Arrinera Automotive has officially
revealed their De Veno Arrinera, the first ever
Polish supercar. With technical assistance from
British engineer Lee Noble of Noble M600 fame.
The vehicle is powered by a mid-mounted 6.2 liter
supercharged V8 with 638hp and 604 lb-ft of
torque. The engine is courtesy of Chevrolet's
parts bin and is the same used in the Corvette
ZR1. Arrinera says the car rides on a tubular steel
chassis with a carbon fiber and Kevlar composite
body (or in steel if you chose). Which is
admittedly a bit dated a design compared to a
composite monocoque. A multilink suspension
will handle the twisty bits of road.
The car weighs only 1,300kg (2,866 lbs), so the
power-to-weight ratio is 2.0kg/hp). Comparable,
and maybe a bit better than the Lamborghini
Murciellago. The Arrinera is able to accelerate
from standstill to 100km/h (62 mph) in 3.2
seconds. The 200km/h (124 mph) barrier is be
passed in 8.9 seconds and the top speed is
340km/h (211 mph).
Styling is strongly reminiscent of recent
Lamborghinis, especially the scissor doors and the
batmobile. The interior is plush with several cattle
covering nearly every surface. Pricing will be
around $160,000 to start, with expected
production of 600-700 cars a year.
We at Bananasaboutcars have yet to experience
the vehicle, as our monkeys have not been
permitted a test drive, something about not
reaching the pedals... We therefore offer a
YouTube video made by the company on one of
their test drives of the prototype. In our monkeys
opinion, the car is a good effort. It remains to be
seen if it will be commercially successful, even in
very limited quantities.