Minerva Automobiles - also known as the Belgian Rolls-Royce of early last century - is working on a major comeback and apparently the first supercar to come from the newly reborn company is the J.M. Brabazon.
The new J.M. Brabazon was named after Lord of Tara John Moore Brabazon, who was actively involved in the early Minerva company as a racecar driver and as a committee board member.
The supercar is built on a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and features a carbon-Kevlar body to help keep its weight low. On the outside, the car slightly resembles an Audi R8 , but it features a prominent front fascia, LED headlights and a ventilated rear bumper that houses the dual tailpipes. The new J.M. Brabazon sits on a set of 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheel on the rear.
Under the hood, Minerva placed a twin-turbo V-12 engine powering the rear wheels combined with two electric motors for the front ones. Top speed is an unreal 248 mph and the drivetrain delivers a power to weight ratio of 1-to-1.
No other details have been offered on the new Minerva supercar , but we do know it will be equipped with a sequential transmission, a limited slip differential and regenerative brakes.
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We are not too sure if Minerva will actually hit the promised specifications, but if it does, then the new J.M. Brabazon will be a serious competitor in the supercar market.
With the promised 248 mph top speed, the new Minerva supercar will get close to supercar top feeders, like the Veyron. The new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is powered by a 16-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 1,200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and an equally impressive 1,106 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. This power is just enough to sprint the supercar up to a top speed of 257.8 mph.
Gallery Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
It’s true, the Veyron is a very fast car, but is not hybrid. The upcoming 918 Spyder, on the other hand, is a hybrid.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V-8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of about 800 horsepower. The Porsche supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 202 mph.