TopSpeed Exclusive: Kahn Design Moving From Customization to Building Cars; Debut Set for September 12th

Kahn Design, the British company Known for customizing a wide range of Land Rover vehicles and other SUVs and crossovers from various companies, is about to embark on a new adventure. The self-titled automotive fashion house has just announced a partnership with Ant Anstead, the mastermind behind sports car manufacturer Evanta, which will result in Afzal Kahn’s very first production vehicle.

The first project to carry the Ant-Kahn badge, a two-seater, open top speedster christened Evanta Barchetta, will be unveiled at the Goodwood Revival motor show on September 12th, 2014, TopSpeed has learned. The sports car will follow in the footsteps of the classic British race cars of the 1950s and feature a sleek design inspired by the likes of the Aston Martin DBR1 or the Jaguar D-Type.

Make no mistake though, the Evanta Barchetta won’t be just a mere copy of the fabulous sports cars that used to storm the tracks back in the day. Kahn and Anstead will not only focus on traditional coachbuilding methods, but use the latest technologies to deliver a powerful and light speedster worthy of its Le Mans -winning ancestors.

Click past the jump to read more about Kahn’s future plans.

Kevlar Body, Corvette Power

The Barchetta won't be just about classic cues and lightness, as Ant-Kahn is prepping quite a monster of an engine.

The full details around the Evanta Barchetta are not yet available, but the few characteristics Ant-Kahn has shared so far are enticing to say the least. The sports car is set to roll on a lightweight, tubular frame and use a composite Kevlar body. The shell will be crafted using the traditional coachbuilding methods that spawned the greatest race cars in history, while the design will wrap around the the low profile bodies of the 1950s.

The Barchetta won’t be just about classic cues and lightness, as Ant-Kahn is prepping quite a monster of an engine. Each sports car will be fitted with a 6.2-liter, LS3 V-8 engine tuned to deliver 450 horsepower. That’s right folks, the Evanta Barchetta is getting authentic Corvette power under the hood, as the crate engine used by the Brits shares its internals with the powerplant found in the C6 Corvette or, more recently, in the Chevy SS sedan or Camaro SS muscle car.

The Evanta Barchetta may be star of the company’s upcoming lineup, but Ant-Kahn won’t limit itself to building classic racers. The shop will also roll out a new take on the classic Land Rover Defender, which will focus on luxury and quality and hit the streets by the name of "Flying Huntsman". These new products are set to arrive by the end of the year, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeeed for further details.

Why It Matters

Kahn and Anstead aren't the first enthusiasts to embark on such an adventure, but it's exciting to see more and more companies joining the ranks of those who are trying to revive the illustrous years of classic racing many of us dearly miss.

The 1950s was a glorious decade for motorsport. Racing regained its popularity in Europe after World War II, the Indy 500 was added to the new grand prix schedule in the U.S., and the World Sports Car Championship and the SCCA were established. Legendary drivers such as Phil Hill, Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham started their careers in the 1950s, while the Brits were dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans with their Jaguars and Aston Martin s.

Paying tribute to that era is definitely a feat the Brits are very good at. Kahn and Anstead aren’t the first enthusiasts to embark on such an adventure, but it’s exciting to see more and more companies joining the ranks of those who are trying to revive the illustrous years of classic racing many of us dearly miss. Granted, Afzal Kahn is a rather exotic appearance in this niche, but given his dedication into enhancing everything Land Rover has to offer, we can only assume Ant-Kahn will be successful in its future endeavors.

Press Release

Ant-Kahn is a collaborative partnership between Afzal Kahn - innovative automotive fashion designer and founder of the Kahn group of companies, and Ant Anstead, founder of expert vehicle manufacturer Evanta, and star of Channel 4’s “For The Love of Cars”.

Working together under the Ant-Kahn banner, they will lead a resurgence in British specialist vehicle manufacture, with a number of projects already underway.

Their focus is on luxury and quality, using modern prototyping and manufacturing technology, while maintaining the attention to details associated with traditional coach building. Both the design and production centres are UK based, reflecting the dedication of the partners to building British industry.

“We are already working on exciting future plans that extend from coach-built special editions to series manufacture of motor vehicles, and you will see a number of models come to fruition in the coming weeks and months” explained Afzal Kahn.

Ant Anstead comments “Together, we are dedicated to continuing and building upon the historical excellence of British vehicle manufacture and the traditions of hand finished coach building are at the heart of the company’s ethos.”

In the coming months, Ant-Kahn intends to release the ‘Flying Huntsman’, a new take on the classic Land Rover Defender.

This will be followed by the release of an Ant-Kahn original: a retro-styled barchetta, which is set to be unveiled at the Goodwood Revival motor show (Sept 12th, 2014) , and later this year a completely restyled Aston Martin WB12.


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