“If you build it, they will come.” Somewhere deep in the heart of every gearhead lies the warmth of a belief. It’s a sort of faith in humanity, a certainty that says “If I just build the best of something, people will buy it.” Sometimes that’s true – but most of the time it isn’t. Kevin Lyons of New York certainly believes it is, and he may be proven right. But between him and the answer to that question lay two more nagging questions: Would his LM2 hypercar actually be the best at anything, and can he even build it?
When Kevin Lyons booked space at the New York Auto show, he told the public he’d be showing up with “America’s Bugatti” — a 1,700 horsepower, carbon-fiber hypercar capable of running 290 mph, hitting 60 mph in 2.2 seconds, running the quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds and coming in at the quite reasonable sum of $1.3 million. What show-goers got was a foam-and-fiberglass styling buck rolled off a flatbed. Big buzz-kill.
But that in itself isn’t a deal-breaker – lots of manufacturers show up to auto shows with styling bucks. Just not nine months before they’re slated to go into production, and not while they’re taking deposits for a car that may or may not work. So is the LM2 automotive vaporware? Is it a scam, a dream, or America’s Bugatti? And are those even the important questions? Maybe we should start with the three questions you have to ask when positioning any new car for sale: Will it perform as advertised, can it be built within budget, and can it be sold? Let’s see if we can’t answer them now.
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The Lyons Motor Car LM2 Streamliner was a no-show for the press days of the New York Auto Show, but the promise of the first-ever American-made hypercar finally made its way to the Javits Center yesterday… courtesy of a flatbed tow truck. Although chances are slim to none that the 1,700-horsepower amorphous blob will ever become a reality, show-goers will at least get an up-close look at what has to be one of the craziest concept cars since the 1990s.
As if the car’s absence from the media days last week wasn’t a big enough letdown, Lyons Motor Car didn’t help its case on social media. Yesterday, the company’s Facebook page posted three low-quality images of the car being delivered to the show floor. This isn’t exactly a promising start for a startup automaker already receiving plenty of skepticism.
To be fair, it’s probably not easy for an independent company trying to compete for media time at a major auto show. Of all the vehicles to debut at the New York Auto Show – both planned and as surprises – the Lyons Motor Car LM2 Streamliner was to be one of the most intriguing, with its odd styling and outlandish power and performance claims. In addition to the aforementioned power rating from the rear-mounted, twin-turbo V-8, Lyons Motor Car also claims that the LM2 Streamliner can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.2 seconds “or better,” as well as run the quarter-mile in eight seconds.
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It takes a lot to be noticed in the arena of ultra-high-end supercars nowadays. With creations like the One:1 and LaFerrari running around blowing minds, any manufacturer looking to make a name for itself is going to need to bring in the heavy artillery.
Lyons Motor Car knows this, and if even half of the claims it’s making about its new LM2 Streamliner turn out to be true, it should have no problem gaining the car world’s undivided attention.
However, that remains one very big "if." Even though it’s the fledgling carmaker’s first model, Lyons Motor Car is planning on making the LM2 the fastest production car in the world. It wants to incorporate one of the most advanced electrical systems ever made. It wants the car to be quiet, civilized and luxurious on the street, but completely dominant on the track. Exotic materials are to be used throughout. Finally, it’s expected to arrive in prototype form at the New York International Auto Show in less than a week’s time.
The LM2 Streamliner has been in the pipeline for several years now, and despite a few missed deadlines, it appears as though it’s finally ready for a public reveal. Can Lyons Motor Car deliver the goods, or will it be just another whiff of vaporware?
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