For $2.4 million, you can go out and buy a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport that goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Alternatively, you can spend a ton less money and end up with a car that’s just as quick to 60 mph. What is this magical Bugatti killer that we speak of that is about 5 percent of the Bugatti’s price? It’s the 2013 Lucra LC470. Well, it doesn’t meet the Bugatti’s performance in its base model, but its upper level SC model certainly will hang with the $2 million supercar.
That’s right; Lucra has manufactured a supercar that may actually suit the budget of the slightly above average worker and is not only reserved for those making in excess of seven digit salaries each year. To make it even more bad-ass, this LC470 SC has received the marketing pitch of “STREET LEGAL – but just barely.” By the looks of this thing, that marketing pitch appears to ring true and we honestly wonder how this car made it through the NHTSA certification process.
Right about now, you are probably wondering just how extreme this car really is. Well, kick back, as Lucra has been so kind as to provide us with a plethora of data and images to pass onto you.
Click past the jump to read our full review of the Lucra LC470 SC.
Let’s start off with the impressive body that Lucra laid on this car. It is made 100 percent of carbon fiber, which allows the boy to weigh in at only 160 lbs. You are not reading that incorrectly; it weighs roughly the same as the average adult male. Lucra fully integrated the carbon fiber body to the frame, which means that from front to rear, this body is bolted to the frame, giving the driver a much better feel of the car.
The body is also one solid piece, so there are no body panels to worry about distorting from racing. On the bad side, this means that if you crack the body, you have to replace the entire thing, as opposed to the one cracked panel.
The overall shape of the car looks like a Dodge Viper and AC Shelby Cobra had a baby, and this is it all grown up. The nose dives downward, similar to the Viper, plus it has a Viper-like long nose, but the rounded fenders and circular headlights closely resemble the AC Cobra, and the house a set of H4 or Xenon headlight bulbs. As you proceed to its backside, you’ll notice that it has a rear end that is strikingly similar to the AC Cobra, with its small circular taillights and rounded rump.
The LC470 SC is a rag top model and its top can be opened or closed in under 30 seconds. There are no door glass windows, so Lucra also includes a set of Lexan side windows with a storage case for safe keeping.
On the rear corners, there are a set of 17- x 11-inch wheels and on the front, there are a set of 17- x 9.5-inch wheels. You can also opt for 18-inch wheels, if you like. The wheels are made from aluminum, lowering the un-sprung weight of the car, and they come in an assortment of colors.
Most supercar cockpits, like those found in Ferraris and Lamborghinis, have a hard time fitting anyone over 6-foot tall. Well, with the LC470 SC’s unique top shape, someone up to 6’7” tall can sit in the cockpit comfortably. The interior boasts a set of aluminum racing seats, which the owner has the option of leaving aluminum or having them and the rest of the interior wrapped in diamond-tufted leather. Keeping you and your passenger in the seats are a pair of 6-point racing harnesses.
The Shifter location is not set in stone, as a driver can have it adjusted to meet his arm length. The pedal assembly that contains the clutch, gas, and brake pedals are fully adjustable. Even the clutch pedal stopper is adjustable, so when you’re racing, you do not waste precious milliseconds by pressing the clutch beyond its release point.
The steering column features both tilt and telescoping. All of the controls are built using racing specifications.
Things that you will not see in this high-performance machine include: CD player, Navigation, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity or USB ports. This is a racecar and that’s it. However, the interior’s fit and finish can be made as luxurious as the buyer’s wallet allows.
Engine and Drivetrain
The engine that comes standard on the LC470 SC is a General Motors LS7 V-8, which measures in at 7.0 liters and cranks out 630 horsepower. To increase throttle response and better run the engine, Lucra fitted the LC470 SC with a cold air intake system.
Allowing the engine to breathe are a set of custom-built 1.875-inch headers. The entire exhaust system is ceramic coated, and you can even opt for custom side exit exhaust pipes for a little additional styling.
Linked to the rear of this engine is a Tremec TKO 5-speed transmission that boasts ASTM 4615 high-strength steel components and a solid aluminum short-throw shifter. An extremely close gear ration allows the driver to better control the vehicle’s torque, but it does require frequent shifts up and down.
The rear end features a 2.59-to-1 final drive ratio, which greatly limits this car’s top speed, but allows it to accelerate with the best of them.
All of these mechanics result in a 0 to 60 mph time of only 2.5 seconds and a 1.4-mile time of 9.1 seconds at 149 mph, when fitted with the 3.07-to-1 axle. When fitted with the 3.07-to-1 axle, the top speed of this machine is 190 mph, so with its standard 2.59-to-1 ratio, we anticipate a top speed of about 180 mph.
Chassis and Suspension
The chassis is made from 0.120-inch hot rolled steel measuring 4 inches in diameter, commonly called HREW, as opposed to cast tubing, which saves some money on the chassis, but is not as strong as cold rolled steel. The driver and passenger sit inside the chassis, instead of on top of it. This helps drop the center of gravity to help with handling.
The chassis sits about 5 inches off of the ground, which helps prevent it from bottoming out when crossing railroad tracks, speed bumps, and other bumps. The entire underside of the chassis is sealed with steel plates to help air slide under the car, reducing drag.
Even the engine is slightly positioned to the passenger’s side by 1-1/4 inches, just to compensate for the fact that a driver usually races without a passenger in the car, giving it a more even weight distribution.
While we’re on the topic of weight distribution, Lucra got just about as close as it could to a 50/50 weight distribution. There is 53 percent of the car’s weight being supported by the rear tires and 47 percent by the front tires.
The steering system is a rack-and-pinion style that takes only two full turns to go from lock to lock. The steering column meets the collapsible standard instituted by NASCAR, so you’re not being force fed the steering wheel in front-end collisions.
The brake discs are light weight and ventilated to help keep brake temps down. The standard Aluminum PBR calipers are ventilated as well, and a buyer can opt for a set of carbon-Kevlar pads to replace the standard ones. The front and rear of the car each have their own brake master cylinder and there is a 3/8-inch 24 balance bar to adjust brake bias.
The triangular shape to the front of the frame allows for a longer lower control arm, which in turn increases the handling capabilities of the LC470 SC. The front suspension is 100 percent independent and fully adjustable (camber, castor and toe). The shocks are aluminum Pro-Shocks and are wrapped in 180-pound lightweight barrel springs with 5 inches of travel. The rear suspension is independent, as well, and uses a shack and transverse-mounted leaf spring system.
All of these components combine to bring the LC470 SC to a halt from 60 mph in just 96 feet. On the skid pad, this car pulls a black-out inducing 1.3 Gs on the skid pad.
The base price for the 470LC SC is $118,000 and that includes everything except: cloth seat covers, carbon fiber dash, catalytic convertors, LC470 aluminum racing wheels, removable hardtop, heater and defroster package, windshield wipers, and the euro-spec package.
Well, what more can we say that you do not already assume… Yeah, this car is bad-ass. Unfortunately, there is no mention of its top speed, but given its model with a taller axle ratio reaches 190 mph; we assume this model exceeds 180 mph.
The fact that this race car is also street legal makes us lone it as a viable option to the more mainstream supercars. Sure, you’re not getting the luxury items, but if you are buying a supercar to press buttons, then you need to step away from the wheel.
Bugatti killer with a few mods
Fully customizable interior
Not even an option for A/C
Laundry list of options could significantly increase price.