Ascari A10: the lowdown
Ascari has unveiled a lightweight version of its KZ1 supercar, which it claims is a British rival for the Ferrari FXX. With 625bhp on tap and a kerb weight of around 1200kg, the new supercar is claimed to despatch the 0-60mph in 2.8sec – just 0.3sec slower than a Veyron. Just 50 A10s will be built in Ascari's Banbury plant, with only ten going to UK homes.
Power hiked by 125bhp
Like the KZ1, the A10 runs the 5.0-litre V8 engine that graced BMW's previous generation M5. However, peak power has climbed from the KZ1's 500bhp to 625 horses. Sending all this power to the wheels is a six-speed manual or an optional sequential gearbox. Naturally, the A10 gets uprated brakes and modified suspension to cope. The extra grunt catapults the A10 from zero to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, which is 0.9sec faster than the KZ1. Top speed is a claimed 220mph, 20mph faster than a KZ1.
How heavy and how much?
But it's not just the colossal engine that makes the A10 so quick. It's also light, thanks to a new, six-piece carbon fibre body. Kerb weight is 1200kg, making the A10 130kg lighter than the KZ1. Ascari claims the A10 will be the world's fastest production car on track, although it's perfectly road legal, too. The price? You'll need £350,000 to snaffle an A10, a bargain compared with Ferrari's £1m, track-only FXX, but twice the price of its brilliant Scuderia.