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Aspid shares more details of the GT-21 Invictus

Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Aspid Cars released the first set of photos of its upcoming GT-21 Invictus sports car. We last heard from the Spanish company in May when it was admonishing us for Photoshopping its teaser photo into view.

The GT-21 looks aggressive, angular and wildly styled by IFR Automotive. The headlights are housed in protrusions from the front grille with LED surrounds. Air blades sit in front and behind the front wheels, while giant ducts in the rear catch air for IFR's patented twin-disc brakes.

Those brake discs are made of lightweight stainless steel and are forged with turbine blades for dissipating heat. The thin discs save weight and allow for smaller calipers, again decreasing unsprung mass.

Aspid says the GT-21 is bigger, with more interior space than its open-wheeled Super Sport, which could be used on the street but is more comfortable as a track car.

At the center of all of this is a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter V8 delivering 450 hp. Aspid says that engine, combined with a dry curb weight of 2,183 pounds, will allow the GT-21 to accelerate to 62 mph in less than three seconds. It also says the car will pull an astonishing 1.6 g on the skidpad. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch or a six-speed manual transmission.

The steering wheel of the GT-21 is particularly impressive. It includes the most important functions to the driver, similar to the wheel in the Ferrari 458 Italia, though a bit less gracefully. In the center of the wheel is a screen showing gear information, fluid temperature and revs.

Each car will be custom made, according to Aspid. Clients can choose from more than 100 different options, and each car will be handed over to the customer at the factory in Spain.

“In addition to aesthetic customization of the vehicle, the client can also customize its ride and handling characteristics to their own requirements,” says company founder Ignacio Fern

By Jake Lingeman