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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Another Belgium Supercar

Minerva is a Belgian automobile manufacturing company established in 1897 and finally closed in 1956, but now re- enliven the world car market. In the early 20th century, the name Minerva was hoisted by producing 50,000 passenger cars. The king of Belgium, Norway and even Sir Henry Ford were the owners of Minerva that is enough to define the distinction level of the brand.
Minerva J.M. Brabazon. (Picture from: http://www.minerva-automobiles.com/en/)
After nearly 60 years of sleep, the automaker was founded by Sylvain De Jong is immediately kicked off by producing a supercar. The supercar is named after Minerva J.M. Brabazon, the name was taken from one of a famous British driver and aviator pioneer, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon.
Front view of Minerva J.M. Brabazon. (Picture from: http://www.minerva-automobiles.com/en/)
The car body is made of carbon Kevlar material grown on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis with a weight ratio of 1:1. The interface itself is quite futuristic and aerodynamic headlights complete with LED and 19-inch alloy wheels in front and 20 inches in the rear. Just like a supercar, the model is also carrying the front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and diffuser with a sporty design. Some automotive experts says, in the real sense, JM Brabazon’s proportions look quite unbalanced and are not as eye-catchy as other exotics. Although, the front fascia seems quite inspired from the Audi R8 but its stance is not much appealing.
Right side view of Minerva J.M. Brabazon. (Picture from: http://www.minerva-automobiles.com/en/)
Like the other super cars, J.M. Brabazon will be a mid-engine sports car and armed by a Twin-turbo V12 engine and is assisted by two electric motors that drive the front wheels through a 6 speed manual transmission system. With the combination of these, this car can run with five modes namely economy, normal, sport, race and safe. Minerva J.M. Brabazon is still a prototype, and claimed the speed can reach 400 km/h (250 mph). 
Rear view of Minerva J.M. Brabazon. (Picture from: http://www.minerva-automobiles.com/en/)
However the images are digital renders and the model doesn’t even exist in the real world. Minerva is one of the oldest automakers in the world and if the company will succeed to achieve their claims, the JM Brabazon might impress Bugatti lovers with its top speed claims. The company will be the third supercar manufacturer from Belgium if they manage to resurrect their presence, following Gillet and Edran automakers from the same country. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MINERVA AUTOMOBILES | AUTOBLOG]
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