Malvern-based Morgan Motor Cars, best known for its retro-styled sports cars, has begun flexing its technological muscles developing a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle called the LifeCar. Still instantly recognisable as a Morgan, the LifeCar’s lightweight chassis features more aerodynamic exterior panels to reduce drag. High powered capacitors power motors at each wheel, allowing bursts of high speed acceleration without the need for large and heavy on-board batteries.
The two-seater Aspid is the brainchild of former Prodrive and Mitsubishi WRC engineer Ignacio Fernandez Rodriquez. It is powered by a highly modified 400bhp supercharged 2.0-litre engine which will reach 0-62mph in a neck-wrenching 2.8 seconds. There is a six-month waiting list. Prices range from £75,000 to £150,000.
Mastretta shows off
British niche sportscar importer Lifestyle Automotive is hoping this Mexican-built sports car will be an odd-ball alternative to a Lotus Exige. Priced at £32,999, the Mastretta MXT will be sold through Lifestyle’s appointed franchisees from May. Initial sales expectations are modest, between 50 and 80 units per year. Powered by a Cosworth-developed 2.0-litre Duratec engine developing 240bhp, the rear-wheel drive two-seater promises performance similar to the Lotus.