Road and Track’s Max Prince recently got the opportunity to test the mule for Supercar System’s upcoming General Motors V8-powered Roadster at the Blyton Park Circuit in Lincolnshire, UK. The V8 Roadster, packing a 700 horsepower Corvette ZR1-sourced LS9 behind the rear seats, is far from finished and hence has no bodywork, but according to Prince, it’s still viciously fast.
Supercar System’s mule is basically a tube frame, a supercharged V8 engine, a sequential transmission and two racing buckets. The company hopes to build the ideal street and track vehicle for around $69,000. When the V8 Roadster reaches production it will have a carbon tub, a tube chassis, six-speed sequential gearbox, a 452 horsepower LS3 V8, adjustable dampers, removable composite body panels and hopefully a more creative name. R&T says customers will be able to choose from several other crate engines, including a 427 twin turbocharged mill.
So what’s it like to drive a featherweight tube frame with a steering wheel powered by the engine from one of the fastest production Corvettes ever built? We think its best described by the following excerpt from the article:
“The first full-throttle pull is John Travolta breaking your breastplate and jabbing your over-revving heart with a hypodermic needle full of adrenaline. It’s that kind of fast.”
The V8 Roadster is expected to reach production by 2015. How likely that is is hard to say, but at least now we know one exists and runs. Check out the full first drive review of the manic 700 horsepower mule over on Road and Track.