The Lucra Cars story begins with company founder Luke Richards. As a kid, Richards grew up in England and the United States. He admired the lithe and nimble Lotus just as much as the hard-hitting American V8 muscle cars. It’s a reverence that apparently never dissipated, because after years of selling exotic sports cars… he decided to build his own.
The LC470 roadster is that epic, epic result. Peel back the layers of its lightweight carbon fiber skin and you’ll find a rigid tube-frame skeleton and a massive 427-cubic-inch GM LS7 V8 mounted as far back in the chassis as possible.
A Tremec 600RR five-speed gearbox shotguns the V8′s tremendous torque straight to the rear wheels, and that’s when speed happens. But those are just words, these are numbers. A curb weight of 2,000 pounds, 505-horsepower on tap, zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, and the legs to take you well beyond the 200 mph barrier.
That’s supercar territory. Although this car’s $118,000 price tag is sizable (it retails for over $130,000 normally), it’s almost a performance bargain compared to exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini with similar stats.
This particular car brings with it a bit of noteworthy provenance too, because it was used as a factory demo vehicle at various auto shows, including SEMA. As such, it has never been raced, comes with Lucra’s R-package (every performance option), and totes hand-stitched leather.
So there you have it, Internet. If you see one of these prowling your streets, don’t be confused, you now know the name… and know not to line up against one in a race.