When many people hear "an all-new Magnum," they think of a new and mighty delicious ice cream bar, but this certain isn’t an ice cream bar. The new Magnum MK5 is likely the hottest thing to come from Canada since Laura Vandervoort — it’s sleek, sexy and really, really fast.
After teasing it a few times, Canadian firm, Magnum Cars, decided to reveal the full details on the new MK5 track toy.
Like its aforementioned competitors, the MK5 is a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat racer built on the company’s passion for motorsport. It is the brainchild Bruno St-Jacques — the son of Jean-Pierre St-Jacques who founded of the Magnum cars company back in the 1960s. The MK5 was built from passion to racing because Bruno is a well-rounded and successful racecar driver, and the MK5 was built as his dream machine.
The MK5 will be limited to only 20 units per year and is priced from $139,000. Customers interested can place their orders now, but the first deliveries will not be made until late 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the Magnum MK5.
The first Canadian track car features a bold and innovative exterior look, but it is also aggressive and sporty enough to give you whiplash as you try to spin your head fast enough to see it zip by. It features functional aerodynamics inspired by the Formula 1 cars and LeMans Prototypes, it is made from light and strong carbon-fiber composite bodywork.
Magnum designed the MK5 with modularity in mind, so the repair costs are reduced because you can easily remove each part for repair or replacement.
|Bodywork||Carbon-fiber composite. Easily removable front and rear sections|
|Functional aerodynamics||Internal front wing, front splitter, flat underbody, rear diffuser|
|Cargo area||Fits two helmets and a briefcase|
|Fuel tank capacity||35 liters (9.25 gallons)|
|Length||3,914 mm (154.1 in)|
|Width||1,884 mm (74.2 in)|
|Height||1,069 mm (42.1 in)|
|Dry Weight||1,200 lbs (545 kg)|
Magnum built the MK5 with an open cockpit "speedster" style, and made the cargo compartment big enough to accommodate two race helmets and a briefcase.
Gripping you with a strong embrace are race-inspired, carbon-fiber seats with six-point racing harnesses.
The various levers in the cabin are made from aluminum; the digital gauges are easy to read and backlit, and a removable suede-wrapped steering wheel gives you a comfortable grip while you toss the MK5 through the twist
|Gauges||Steering wheel-mounted, backlit digital dash-display with integrated lap timer and data acquisition system|
|Steering wheel||310 mm (12.2-inch), weather-resistant suede with quick release|
|Accessories||Rear-view monitor and camera|
Powering the new Mk5 is a mid-mounted, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 250 horsepower at 11,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed, sequential gearbox that allows for lightning-fast shifts, up and down.
This efficient drivetrain allows the MK5 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 149 mph.
You may be scratching your head trying to figure out how a 250-horsepower car can hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Well, you have to consider that with the MK5’s 545 kg (1,200-pound) curb weight, its power-to-weight ratio is a phenomenal 460 horsepower per tonne (417 horsepower per ton).
|Configuration||Rear mid-mounted, rear wheel drive|
|Transmission||Six-speed sequential gearbox, with reverse|
|Power-to-weight||460 horsepower per tonne (417 horsepower per ton)|
|Acceleration (0-100 KM/H) (0-60 MPH)||3.2 Sec|
|Maximum speed||240 KM/H (149 MPH)|
|Skid Pad||> 2 G|
Suspension and Brakes
The Mk5 comes equipped with a racecar-type pushrod suspension setup that features inboard, two-way adjustable dampers on the front and rear.
Working with these advanced suspension system, are 18-inch, ultra-lightweight alloy wheels with ultra-high performance, street-legal tires sized 225/40R18 front and 265/35R18 on the rear.
The MK5 comes to a halt by way of a high-performance braking system that includes four-piston calipers and vented rotors on all four wheels
|Suspension Type||Adjustable, pushrod-activated, double unequal-length a-arms|
|Dampers||Inboard, two-way adjustable|
|Tires||Extreme performance, road-legal competition tires, 225/40R18 front & 265/35R18 rear|
|Wheels||18-Inch, ultra-light alloys|
|Brake calipers||Four-piston calipers, radial mount|
|Brake discs||Ventilated discs, with CNC-machined aluminum hubs|
|Brake bias||Cockpit adjustable|
|Pedal box||Custom, CNC-machined, hand-operated sliding adjustable|
The new Magnum MK5 is priced at $139,000. Only 20 units will be built annually and customers can place their orders now.
MAgnum will start delivering the MK5 in late 2014.
The VUHL 05 is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, and made its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is powered by a Ford-sourced, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers a total of 285 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.
The VUHL 05 delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 400 horsepower per tonne and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. It can hit a top speed of 152 mph.
Gallery VUHL 05
Unlike the MK5, the BAC Mono is a one-seat track car that isn’t remotely tuned for street use. It is powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 280 horsepower.
The Mono sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and up to an impressive top speed of 170 mph.
Gallery BAC Mono Track Car
Magnum’s MK5 is surely not the only track-car available out there, but it promises to offer an incredible driving experience. We truly are interested in seeing just how well the MK5 does against the likes of the BAC Mono. To make things even better, the MK5 is super sexy.
The only bad thing we can pick out is the fact that it is very (very) expensive.
- Looks absolutely sick
- Pretty well-equipped for a racecar
- Awesome power-to-weight ratio and super-quick
- Limited to only 20 units a year
- Very expensive
Gallery Magnum MK5
Created from a passion for motorsport in the late 60s, when original founder Jean-Pierre St-Jacques built Magnum’s first formula racecar, Magnum Cars is now entering the lightweight supercar segment with the introduction of the MK5. The brainchild of his son Bruno St-Jacques, himself a well-rounded and successful racecar driver, the Magnum MK5 aims to offer an incredible driving experience; the closest that most will get to experiencing a real racecar.
Featuring impressive power-to-weight ratio of 460 bhp per tonne, remarkable handling with cornering forces of over 2Gs, second-to-none build quality, and cutting edge design, the Magnum MK5 strives on offering the ultimate excitement for all the senses, so that both driver and passenger can enjoy the true feeling of a pure and exhilarating car. Having recently completed its development program, including 3 years of extensive track testing, the Magnum MK5 is now ready to be unveiled to car enthusiasts around the globe.
The first creation from Canada to hit the international track-day car market, the Magnum MK5 is refined and exciting, perfectly wedging itself between expensive supercars and track-day cars.
"The MK5’s amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of either one." Points out Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum.
The Magnum MK5 is not only fast; it is equally versatile. From its cargo compartment that can easily accommodate two race helmets and a briefcase, to its street-legal amenities like full lighting and reverse camera, the Magnum MK5 can "bring it" both at the track or on the road. This reflects the MK5’s dual personality.
The MK5’s open cockpit "speedster" styling is perfect for both the thrills of trackdays and Sunday drives through mountain roads. The MK5’s "rock star" stance will make owners feel right at home amongst luxury supercars during a night out on the town.
The Magnum MK5’s styling is bold and innovative. The aggressive yet purposeful design blends sleekness with forward thinking: "We designed a car that owners can be proud of, with a styling that is pure and intricate. We want people to enjoy admiring the MK5 from every angle and keep coming back for another peek. We also wanted to provide an overall experience to make MK5 owners proud of being part of the Magnum family. With the MK5, it’s not just about the car, it’s about the awesome ownership experience," says Bruno St-Jacques.
The Magnum MK5 well thought-out mechanical simplicity has been developed to offer both easy adjustability and maintenance. Most components that require maintenance are sourced from well-known high performance brands and widely available for quick service anywhere in the world.
St-Jacques also states, "The MK5 is easy to maintain and, because it is built to take the abuse, it has very low running costs. It can easily be maintained by its owner or by any established sports car shop. It does not require a full crew or any special tools. You just jump in and drive!"
Exhilarating Performance & Bold Design
At the heart of the Magnum MK5 is a 250hp rear mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine that commands respect as the revs blast up to its chill inducing 11,000 rpm redline. Whether you want to tackle the track or enjoy the road, the intoxicating power delivery and high-revs, combined with the drivability and reliability of the lightweight powerplant, will suit different driving styles and moods.
The 6 speed sequential gearbox allows for lightning-fast shifts, up and down, while the perfectly positioned center-mounted shifter lever provides a level of involvement for the driver. Combined with a limited-slip differential, the Magnum MK5 provides remarkable acceleration.
Power numbers aside, the performance quality of the MK5 benefits from a well-balanced formula racecar type pushrod suspension geometry, with inboard 2-way adjustable dampers, front and rear. The unequal length double a-arm suspension works in harmony with ultra-high performance street-legal tires (225/40R18 front, 265/35R18 rear) mounted on 18-inch ultra-lightweight alloy wheels. Thanks to its light 1,200 lbs (545kg), the MK5 can generate racecar level cornering grip.
Braking performance is just as impressive. Front and rear 4-piston calipers and vented brake discs offer a decisive bite, yet smooth brake pedal modulation. The ingenious sliding pedal box, completely custom machined out of aircraft-grade billet aluminum, provides easy adjustability from a simple locking lever, to accommodate drivers of different heights.
The menacing look of the Magnum MK5 styling has been optimized to be equally striking and efficient. Displaying functional aerodynamics like those found on Formula 1 cars and LeMans Prototypes, the light and strong carbon fiber composite bodywork of the MK5 provides a confident dose of downforce to help maximize performance. Developed with modularity in mind, maintenance is facilitated and repair costs reduced as bodywork sections can be easily removed or individually replaced.
The Magnum MK5’s exterior styling extends into the cockpit where a modern look mixes with purposeful ergonomics. Designer-worthy CNC machined aluminum levers fall right in place, blending nicely with the race-inspired carbon fiber seats. Both driver and passenger are secured by 6-point racing harnesses. Great attention to details contributes to controls that are intuitive, while easy-to-read backlit digital gauges, with built-in GPS-enabled laptimer, are mounted directly onto the removable suede-wrapped steering wheel.
A Philosophy of Innovation, Performance and Excellence
"When we decided to get back to our roots of building cars, we agreed that the newest Magnum had to be exciting in every sense. Our racing background dictated the philosophy behind the MK5; our main objective has been to achieve an experience that is pure and as close to driving a true racecar, in a simple to use and easy to drive platform," says Bruno St-Jacques.
The purpose has evolved but the philosophy remains the same. The “St-Jacques” meticulous attention to details and the high level of craftsmanship can be seen in every aspect of the Magnum MK5. Beautiful and well-thought out components that have been precision CNC-machined out of aircraft grade aluminum are displayed like pieces of art. Benefitting from Magnum’s immense expertise in machining components for different fields, including motorsport, for well over 45 years, the car is as beautiful under its skin as it is on the outside.
Bruno St-Jacques is quick to emphasize: "We only work with the best people in the business and we source only the best components. We are driven by excellence and believe it is of the utmost importance to offer our customers a product that does not compromise on quality, performance, or safety. We pride ourselves on offering a high-end product that surpasses expectations."
Privately shown to interested parties within the last few months, the Magnum MK5 has already raised attention, from its very competitive on-track performance and its out-of-the-box styling. With pre-orders already taken, Magnum MK5’s will be built on order at an initial annual production rate of 20 cars. Deliveries are projected to start by late 2014.
The Magnum MK5 price will start at $139,000 USD (excluding taxes and delivery). The base price includes many features such as carbon-fiber bodywork and seats, removable racing steering wheel, data-logger system, cockpit adjustable brake bias, rear-view camera & monitor, 6-point racing harnesses, fully adjustable racing dampers and anti-roll bars, ultra-high performance tires, 18-inch ultra-lightweight alloy wheels, and limited-slip differential.
Optional features including a variety of street and track packages will also be offered so that MK5 owners can personalize their car.
The MK5 is available for order as of today, October 30, 2013.