67-year-old businessman Paul Halstead aims to bring a ‘Great Aussie Mid-Engined Supercar’ to the market in just a few years, one that will feature a W16 engine made from a pair of LS7 Corvette engine blocks. Sounds ferocious.
The car, which doesn’t appear to have a name yet, will feature carbon fiber and Kevlar body tub construction, a bubble-style canopy similar to a fighter jet, and one-plus-two seating. The engine, which will be highly modified but feature two LS7 blocks, is expected to push an estimated 1,200 horsepower, sending the power through a custom transfer case and bolted to a 6-speed sequential transaxle. The engines are rolled over at a 45 degree angle to bring them closer together and keep the power pack’s width acceptable, thereby necessitating a bespoke dry sump oiling system.
The Melbourne native hopes to debut and win the prestigious Ridler hot rod awards with this mid-engine supercar in the US in about three years’ time.
To make sure the project is in good hands, Barry Lock, a former McLaren F1 engineer, and partner on some of Halstead’s previous projects, is handling suspension design. Meanwhile, Halstead is so far $100,000 AUD into the project already, and has set a self-imposed budget cap of $1 million. The next step is the fabrication of the monocoque chassis, so it’s going to be some time before this sixteen-cylinder engine fires up in the completed version of what could be the prototype of Australia’s most powerful car ever.