A small team over the past 12 months have been perfecting the design of Grav80, our first model under the Newton Automotive banner. We have now completed all the body CAD work and produced some good feedback from our rendered images shown in the social media. We are now ready for next stage, with the CAD
information, body bucks can
quickly be made and we
have a chassis company
waiting to get to work
developing the back
The design hopefully speaks
for itself, the chassis will be
designed around Ford running
gear, hubs, brakes and
suspension. Power from Ford
EcoBoost engines ranging from
325bhp up to 600bhp, with all serviceable parts being sourced from Ford allows the owner to have their Grav80 serviced at their local Ford dealership. Additional hybrid options would be made available from YASA with a motor linked in the output side of the Quaife 7 speed transaxle. Each motors peak output is 214bhp/160kw so a 2.3 hybrid model has a total power figure of 728bhp, where as the 3.5 V6 would kick out 928bhp.
So I always wanted to turn my hobby in something more and persuaded the perfect design, going down many styles and layouts following trends set by many manufacturers. Wanting to offer something great to a greater audience and put the driving back into the drivers hands. During my journey
through different designs I discovered Ernesto Freitas
of www.lusomotors.com in Portugal who
has worked in the past as a design
engineer for JCB. Then started
his own company creating
kit cars and concept
design for customers
which is where we
meet and the final
design was worked on.
After 10 years of working on different front and rear engine designs and studying I discovered a huge void between cars
like the Lotus Elise and
Audi R8, so designing a V6
lightweight sports car was
a niche I aimed for. I
believe in the formula that
Colin Chapman used, which
is ‘less is more’, smaller but
powerful engines, less gadgets
equals less weight, Lexan plastic
instead of glass and an aimed
overall weight of 1,000kg. But unlike
most sports car companies who say this is our car, take it or leave it, I’d like to offer a more bespoke service on styling, interior and performance. The next thing to do was bring the idea and design to life, that’s where Vladas Trakselis came on scene, as you can see he has created some amazing images.
We have created 4 models which could be released one year after another, but also showcases the options available to future customers. Each year a lighter, more powerful version would be released as an extra model in the range and we have designed a track only version which could be for independent race
teams or one make competition races. With
future roadster, speedster and super
lightweight version to keep the model
alive and kicking for between 5 to
10 years and maybe a limited
hyper car I’ve nicknamed
Our customers are anyone who can drive a car
anywhere across the world, someone who likes
super cars looks and performance
but can not reach the average
£200k price tag.
Offering a car valued £65k for
the base model it is pitched
against cars like the Lotus Evora
which weighs over 1383kg with
276bhp or the Porsche Cayman
which weighs 1340kg with 241bhp
from their base models. The base Grav80 will
weigh closer to 1000kg with the V6 2.7
EcoBoost engine pushing out 325bhp.
We would like to believe we would be offering a more exciting, engaging and better valued car in its sector offering more individuality to its owners.
Our feedback from images released via social media have lead to very positive results and with even more coverage this would lead to future sales.
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Once full production starts we will offer 12 cars per month as well as a merchandise range and freelance 3D modelling.
Each car should take no longer than a month to build and
the factory floor will allow 12 cars minimum to be
created at one time would mean an annual
production of 144 cars.
Each of these cars could be created
differently to each other
providing a bespoke service
to each and every customer.
A range of merchandise to complement our range of cars with clothes and car accessories including tailored luggage.
When our 3D modeller isn’t working on
Newton cars he would be
available to provide others with
During 2017 while we develop
the prototype we will be able to
take deposits for 2018 production
cars and will have around 5 or
more launch cars available by the
end of the year. Also merchandise
will be available, we will have a full
online shop and advertising, updates
and videos of builds and testing will
be shown through social media and magazines.
For a lot of us remembering the scene in the James Bond film when the Lotus Esprit drives off the end of a jetty, dives into the sea and turns into a submarine. Well this car is the inspiration behind the design at the forefront of my proposed business plan, the affordable supercar. Launching with a 4 cylinder engine producing 300bhp fitted to 7 speed gearbox, the bodyworks main strength coming
from a carbon-Kevlar main frame supporting fibreglass outer panels. All linked together by a structural chassis that can take a number of engine different frames allowing for
multiple car designs from this main frame.
Newton Automotive’s Grav80 design is
very adaptable & instead of a single body
mould similar to the Esprit’s we have
designed the car with bolt on and
interchangeable outer panels. Add
to this a second main frame in the
shape of an open top roadster we
have designed 4 main models in the
Grav80 range with styling options.
Also fibreglass panels could be replaced
with coloured visible weave items and
competition performance modifications.
The ideal selling price in the UK for the basic starter model would be £65,995 which is very reasonable for this type of car and an estimated maximum build cost including labour of £45,000 to £50,000 from the quotes we have received so far. With a work space allowing 12 cars minimum
to be built every month the
profit estimated per year is close to £2,303,280. These figures are
based on standard spec cars without
added options or hybrid drive systems.
Building the cars in
Wales has its advantages due to
lower rates than England, also
we would be able to provide
employment in this semi rural area
The idea behind Grav80 was to design a sports car with supercar looks at a fraction of the cost, giving the customer
more options to customize the
car to their styling tastes or their performance needs. In addition
to this the company could be
franchised and cars could be
built in the USA and Europe
in left hand drive to the
regulation that would need
to be met by those countries.
Again this would increase
manufacturing numbers and profits
of which an agreed percentage
would be returned to Newton
With an estimated 50% of sales going to the USA the idea of a second factory in the States once the prototype is finished and launch models have been shown to the public is a promising plan. With a possibility of a European factory coming at a later date dealing with left hand drive cars, the UK factory could then cater for Japan and Australian right hand drive customers.
From launch Newton Automotive
would offer the Coupe model in
standard form running a 2.3 litre
4 cylinder producing 300bhp with a 7
speed semi-automatic. 35mpg should be achievable for the Ford sourced EcoBoost engine, while the fuel tank will hold 70 litres. A hybrid option is available which will add another £30,000 to the £65,995 asking price but what you do get is two 160kw (214bhp) motors taking the toal maximum ouput to 728bhp and full electric drive in urban conditions.
In addition to the basic launch model
is the options list which will allow the customer to customize their
Grav80 to give an individual
style. This will include a
different front bumper and
rear spoiler, plus replacement
Carbon fibre panels. A selection
of wheels, seats and interior
finishes, plus a different roof
panel which includes a vent to
provide extra engine bay cooling.
This is for the final launch option of a Ford
EcoBoost V6 with power ranges from 350bhp to 500bhp. This engine will be added as standard on later models and a roadster model the following year.