The Spectre R42 was designed and built in England by Spectre Supersports Ltd and was offered to the public in the early summer of 1996. Ray Christopher was the individual responsible for spear-heading the project. The body is comprised of a rigid composite body shell aiding in keeping the vehicle weight to a minimum. The chassis is monocoque.
Power was courteous of a 4.6 liter Ford eight-cylinder engine that produced 350 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty was achieved in around four seconds and top speed was reached at 175 mph. The engine was placed mid-ship, resulting in a 42/58 percent weight distribution. The suspension was an adjustable shock absorber unit that provided performance while maintaining superb ride quality.
A compartment located in the front of the vehicle is capable of carrying a weekends worth of luggage. The two-door, two-seater sports cars interior is adorned in luxurious leather trim and Wilton carpets.
During the introductory year, twenty-three examples were sold. A year later the company went bankrupt and production ceased.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2005
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