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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Australia’s Quantum GP700 Will Have Hypercars Watching Their Backs



The world’s most exotic supercars have a Northern Hemisphere bias – Germany, Japan, Italy, France, the UK – it’s much the same gang, year after year. However, one young firm from southern Australia is stepping up to the plate, and what they’ve created is quite a beast.
It’s called the GP700. It’s pegged to be the flagship entry of Quantum Performance Vehicle’s future sporty fleet, and – brace yourselves – it comes packing 700 horsepower, weighs only 700 kilograms (1,543 lbs.), rockets all the way to 200 mph, and will shuttle to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds. Let those figures simmer for a moment.


According to Quantum, the GP700 is the latest development in a seven year quest to deliver the “most exhilarating and pure driving experience” in a road-going supercar. At its core is that heady one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, achieved by crafting a lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber chassis fitted with – get this – a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. It offers that vaunted 700hp figure thanks to twin superchargers running in series, and rifles that power to the ground through a Holinger six-speed sequential paddle shift gearbox.
If it sounds like go-go-go all the time, it is and it isn’t. The GP700 rides atop F1-esque pushrod suspension, for really carving the corners, but Quantum says its custom engine management system can reel back power to as low as 300hp if the driver so pleases. Also driver-adjustable is the traction control system, which can be tailored for everything from straight-line speed to full-on drift mode.


According to Autoblog, Quantum has registered its first GP700 prototype in Australia and will tip-toe US road legality on an individual basis. The price for one of the most radical supercars in the Southern Hemisphere? That’s still unknown, but it reportedly won’t cost more than $700,000. Lower-priced variants are noted to be in development.