Caral, a British manufacturer, launched the V8XS, a high performance sportscar featuring a bonded aluminium chassis, lightweight composite bodywork and powered by a 450bhp 4.2l V8 supercharged engine developed by Jaguar Cars.
A comprehensive kit of parts is available, allowing owners the option of building their own sports GT car, with a staggering 475bhp/tonne power to weight ratio and race car inspired handling from its Lotus designed aluminium chassis and classic longitudinal mid-mounted V8 supercharged engine and 6 speed close ratio transaxle.
The rest of the car is upgraded to cope with the increased power with new lightweight GT style composite bodywork, redesigned double wishbone suspension, CNC machined aluminium uprights, 4 piston calipers and 18” wheels and tyres. In essence only the doors and windscreen are retained from the standard Speedster / VX220.
With a wheelbase that is longer than a Porsche 911, Lotus Esprit or Ford GT40 and a host of redeveloped components the V8XS is best defined as a bespoke V8 sportscar which uses an aluminium chassis from the VX220, rather than a VX220 with a bigger engine.
A completely new interior has also been designed for the car, helping to distance it from its smaller brothers, featuring all leather trim in a choice of colours, and a bespoke Caral designed instrument panel, with in built data logging capability. The car is available in RHD or LHD configuration and can be built by Caral Automotive using a brand new chassis.