Earlier this year in February, I wrote about a small Dutch company’s car project. The company is known as the Huet Brothers and their new car is named the HB Coupe. Not much was known initially but know they have released more details about it.
The firm will release three versions of the HB Coupe. For those who wish for a classic looking sports car with modern features, then they should opt for the HB Coupe Classic (the white car). But for those who desire something more hardcore and ready for track usage, then they can go for the HB Coupe Racer (the one in blue) which comes with a full racing roll cage and fuel cell.
In between those two sub-models, there is also the HB Coupe Road Racer. The Road Racer is track car for the road, thus loosing some of the Coupe’s comforts for a better handling and light in weight. Think of it as the 911 GT3 RS.
The company focused much on keeping the car’s weight to a minimum and the key to that is the car’s carbon fibre monocoque design. It consists of a chassis frame, inner shell and body shell and the entire piece is said to weigh less than 100kg. The monocoque shell was designed and moulded in-house in order to keep costs down.
The initial plan for a six cylinder engine was scrapped and replaced with a lighter four cylinder engine was used instead. The standard 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine generates around 170bhp. But buyers can opt for a more powerful Cosworth 2.0-litre engine that is rated at 255bhp.
With the standard engine, the Coupe is able to complete the century sprint in less than five seconds the Cosworth engine should perform better timings largely thanks to the car’s light weight-at around 800kg.
Prices for the HB Coupe will start at €67,000, with the base engine, with only 40 units to be built in 2014. Sales will start in Europe first before a global market release.
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