Canada is fast becoming the home to a lot of start-up manufacturers. Maybe there’s something to all that maple syrup?
Whatever it is, another manufacturer has come to life bearing yet another sports car . This one is called the Felino CB7, a Quebec-born vehicle that Antoine Bessette, the man behind the project, describes as "purpose built for the track" that could also be street legal.
If you’re wondering if Felino hastily prepared this vehicle by slapping on components, dropping an engine, and drawing its design on a sheet of paper, you’d be wrong. As a matter of fact, the company took four years to develop and build the concept car using only the finest materials around. It’s a high-performance vehicle that certainly looks the part, although the rear end leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion.
The Felino CB7 was unveiled at the 2014 Montreal International Auto Show, and from the looks of things, Felino built and developed a track racer that has the potential to be talked about by a lot of people for a long time.
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The Felino CB7 looks really angry, doesn’t it? Granted, there’s an Audi R8-esque look to the CB7, although the latter does come with a bigger grille and four curved horizontal cross bars on both sides of the grille. The headlights are configured to be slanted inwards, drawing that visual illusion of the CB7 having cocked eyebrows.
The overall shape of the hood also lends into the aggressive-looking appearance of the sports car. The overall shape of the CB7, though, is another matter entirely. It’s a teardrop-shaped coupe that doesn’t really excite us, let alone leave us with that itch to buy one.
|Body||Composite and carbon fiber body panels|
|Mirrors||Side and back-up cameras|
|Wing||Integrated to bodywork|
|Front Lights||HID Performance Lights|
There are no interior photos to look at, but the Formula type driving position lends credence to the our thinking that the interior doesn’t have much in the way amenities. The sports car has a two-seat capacity and the carbon-fiber dashboard, which are both nice touches, and are what you’d expect from a sporty racer. There’s also an on-board data-acquisition system, a generally useful tool for anybody who wants to take the CB7 out on the track.
Other than what you’d expect to see from a track-spec racer with street capabilities, the CB7’s cabin won’t be winning any luxury and high-quality entertainment awards any time soon.
|Driver seat||Molded carbon fiber (std)|
|Driving position||Formula type|
|Seat belts||6-point harness (std)|
|Steering||Removable quick-steering (std)|
|Dashboard||Carbon fiber (std)|
|Technical data||On-board data acquisition system (std)|
|Driver comfort||Optional race suit cooling|
The Felino CB7 is powered by a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that’s been mounted inside the bump on the rear end and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. Output has been tapped at 525 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 489 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. No word yet on performance numbers, but we estimate the car to be capable of hitting 60 mph in around four seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph.
|Engine||6.2 liters V-8|
|Bore and stroke||4.06 x 3.62 inches|
|Engine block ￼||Cast aluminum|
|Horsepower (HP@rpm) ￼||525 @ 6300|
|Torque (lb.pi@rpm) ￼||489 @ 4400|
|Transmission ￼||6-speed manual, optional sequential box|
Chassis & Suspension
Nothing to surprising with the chassis and suspension of the CB7. The front and rear suspension features an independent, double-wishbone setup in cast aluminum with an adjustable spring and compression rate. Same goes for the brakes on the front and rear, as they feature six-piston and four-piston calipers, respectively.
|Chassis & Suspension Specifications|
|Drive Wheels||Rear wheel drive|
|Engine Location||Mid forward|
|Front Suspension||Independent, double wishbone cast aluminum,|
Adjustable spring and compression rate
|Rear Suspension||Independent, double wishbone cast aluminum,|
Adjustable spring and compression rate
|Front Brakes||Discs , 355 mm diameter, 6-piston caliper,|
Optional carbon fiber
|Rear Brakes||Discs , 355 mm diameter, 4-piston caliper,|
Optional carbon fiber
Felino says that an entry model of the CB7 has been tentatively priced at just under $100,000, with the final price scheduled to be announced soon.
An equally new addition to the list of highly anticipated, albeit relatively unknown sports cars is the Sin R1, which is a racy exotic that comes with a swooping hood, a sharp angular nose, raised arches, and most importantly, a similar GM-sourced 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that produces 525 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
The R1 is incredibly light, s it weighs just 1,200 kg (2,645 pounds) and has a 60:40 weight distribution that nets enough balance to provide superior handling in high speeds.
We’re waiting for the day when the R1 and the 2CB7 line up next to each other on the track. If for nothing else, it should make for a fascinating race that will prove that even if you don’t carry the names of Ferrari and Lamborghini , you can still build an equally impressive performance car with matching good looks to boot.
Gallery SIN R1
Another new carmaker with big dreams for its vehicle is Lucra and its 2.2, which also carries a styling language that’s very unique, albeit with a few style points taken from the Corvette Stingray Concept.
Full details are still limited about the 2.2, but it won’t surprise us if it also carries a GM-sourced, 6.2-liter V-8 with 530 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque under its hood. This would net it a 0-to-60 mph time of just under three seconds and a top speed of around 190 mph.
We’re on the fence with the Felino CB7. On one hand, the front end design gets huge marks from us, but the overall shape is just...weird. The engine is pretty big, too, but it also comes with a mighty impressive output that really drives home the point of the car’s identity as a natural track car.
- Love the front end
- Big engine with big output numbers
- Not too ken on the teardrop shape
- Close to bare interior save for all the race-spec necessities
- A little pricey if it hits six figures
Gallery Felino CB7
The Corporation and the Car
The FELINO corporation has been involved in motorsports for about ten years. In 2010, it committed to developing a concept car, building it from the ground up and offering a true high-performance two-seater sports car. While the cB7 is purpose built for the track, it will possibly be street legal. The FELINO cB7 is primarily designed for the international market; however, a limited series will be available in Canada.
FELINO took four years to develop and build the concept cars which will be unveiled at the 2014 Montreal International Auto Show. Although there are still a few details to iron out, FELINO now has the capacity to produce more composite and carbon fibre bodies and store a comprehensive parts inventory for this high-performance sports car. FELINO will now phase in pre-production models and will take them to the track and the street in 2014.
A race driver behind the entrepreneur
A race driver of international status, Antoine Bessette received multiple honours in motor racing. In 2005 he was crowned Canadian champion race driver by ASN-Canada FIA, the motorsports sanctioning body in Canada. Antoine performed on race tracks in Canada, the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain, developing a solid network of business contacts along the way. He won numerous races during his career, including Formula Atlantic rounds at the Molson Indy in Montreal and Toronto. During that period, he also nurtured a dream of one day building his own race machine. He is now working to make the dream a reality and offer the car to motorsports fans, while keeping the entry-level price under $100,000. The corporation web site is available at www.felinocars.com.