Fact: India is not known for its supercars (unless you have a seriously misguided view of what the Tata Nano and Hindustan Ambassador are all about).
It is known for building light, very small runabouts and eye-watering pickups and other off-roaders built to cope with the country’s appalling roads.
And if the name of the company - Mean Metal Motors - is anything to go by, the outfit with the big plans isn't your regular, garden variety corporate powerhouse... (in fact we don't know what it is).
Called the M-Zero, the intent is that the supercar will be powered by a mid-mounted, AMG-sourced 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 or a 4.8 litre naturally-aspirated V10 from somewhere (we know not where), matched with a 187kW electric motor.
The output target for the petrol engine is beyond 373kW (is this an exercise in 'think of a number'...?), making for combined power and torque figures of 560kW and 900Nm - which should have little trouble shifting the car’s lightweight carbon-fibre chassis.
The aim for the 0-100km/h dash is less than 3.0 seconds, and MMM hopes the top speed will better 320km/h... of course it does.
MMM is also working on a technology concept called ‘Crosshair’, which is aimed at improving the supercar’s stability through corners and reducing oversteer.
The start-up company is also planning a fingerprint keyless entry system, but we’re guessing this may be optional if it only allows one person to unlock and start the car... (ummm).
The supercar may only be Indian at heart, however, with three of its four design and development teams based outside of India.
MMM has put an Italian and Portuguese team in charge of the body and styling, a UK team will concentrate on computer simulated testing while the home team develops the drivetrain.
And, if it gets across the line from myth to reality, the supercar will be built in “a Scandinavian country”.
MMM is aiming to raise AU$9.2 million in its first round of crowd funding to ensure the project at least reaches a prototype stage.
Those last details may raise just one or two questions as to the solidity of the project, but there we have it.
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