The continued prominence of the English sportscar business is no accident - the country's road laws allow small-batch sports cars to be exempt from most EU emissions and safety rules. This is how cars like the Ariel Atom and others can wear UK license plates, but are track-only specials in (most of) the rest of the world.
Evanta Motor Cars is leveraging that unique government flexibility to make its next car a relatively big seller. The Evanta Barchetta runs a custom-frabricated tubular alloy frame and vintage-inspired panels alongside a huge General Motors-sourced V8 engine. The combination means light weight and huge performance, paired with retro style and a joyfully-chopped roadster design.
The finished prototype debuted last week at the Goodwood Revival, looking far better than the initial sketches suggested.
The Barchetta is available for custom orders now from within and outside the UK, but pricing and performance details remain unknown as of now.
2014 Evanta Barchetta
British custom motorcar designer Evanta Motor Company unveiled the first production model of the Evanta Barchetta 6.2L at the Goodwood Revival motor show.
The Evanta Barchetta is a 2-seater open top speedster, inspired by the design language of 1950s motorsport. Its sleek, sweeping curves and low profile disclose its Anglo-Italian parentage.
The formal unveiling took place on Friday 12th September at Goodwood Revival, with members of the Evanta Barchetta production team in attendance.
Each vehicle is designed and built in Britain, and hand-crafted using traditional coach building methods, comprising a composite body, on a tubular frame. Following in the footsteps of its Le Mans winning ancestors, the Barchetta’s powerful 6.2L engine produces 450bhp, which, taking into account its light frame gives it exceptional agility.
The company will produce both left- and right-hand drive variants, and the Barchetta will be available with either an automatic or manual gearbox. Production will be limited to 24 cars per year, with a total production run of only 99 vehicles - and the waiting list is filling fast.
Enquiries about the Barchetta and forthcoming releases can be directed to Evanta Motor Company.