The late night talk show host has brought out yet another episode of Jay Leno’s Garage with yet another cool super car at his hands. This episode shows off the 2012 De Macross GT1 developed by a Canadian entrepreneur and inspired by the classic European Le Mans racers. Joining Leno is David Hops, the sales manager at De Macross, as he offers a few more details on the GT1.
The De Macross GT1 is powered by a 5.4 liter Roush Yates V8 engine that delivers a total of 800 HP and 700 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, up to a top speed of 235 mph.
So, what did Leno think about his latest "Garage" visitor? Check out the video to find out!
Canada’s newest, or only, supercar is making its way to the production line and attempting to ruffle the feathers of the big three and smaller sports car manufacturers here in North America and abroad. The De Macross GT1 is a newly developed supercar designed by the founder of the company, Jahong Hur, and proves that if someone wants something bad enough; it’s always possible.
It’s no secret that designing your own car and getting it to market is difficult – having that car be a formidable competitor to the most extreme machines on the planet is darn near impossible. Some American companies have managed to do this throughout our racing history and recent past. Two of the biggest names would be Shelby and Saleen. The Shelby race cars of yesterday were so dominant that the great Enzo Ferrari did not even have an answer for them. Shelby went on to design more road going versions of his vehicles and today they are admired by collectors. The Saleen S7 showed us that a small shop with a lot of knowledge and money can create the ultimate supercar.
By incorporating some of F1’s best technology and using an American V8, these Canadians were able to develop and are now producing the GT1. Its performance is not off the charts, but it’s most likely faster than anything we’ve ever owned.
Hit the jump for more details on the De Macross GT1.