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  Invicta S1-320

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 Birmingham Motor Show
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAfter a development period of almost 2 years The Invicta Car Company unveiled one of the industry's best kept secrets at the 2002 Birmingham Motorshow. This secret was an all new model, for the first time in over 70 years. The Noel Macklin founded Invicta closed their doors on Friday October 13th 1933, but from early 2003 new cars will roll of the production line again.

While designing the S1 the designers very closely followed Macklin's philosophy of building a car that both excelled in build-quality as in performance. A number of innovative approaches had to be adopted to achieve this goal. The result is a very lightweight but rigid sportscar / grand tourer.

A first in the automotive industry is the one-piece carbon fibre body shell. The carbon fibre used is of a new kind that is easier to work with than the carbon fibre normally used. The entire shell weighs only 30% of the steel equivalent. It is bolted and bonded on a more conventional steel tube spaceframe chassis.The result is an extremely rigid yet lightweight construction.

Both front and rear suspension are of the double wishbone type, the preferred setup for most racing cars. Every aspect of the suspension is adjustable to allow the driver to completely set up the car to his liking. Race inspired ventilated discs are fitted all round. Between the front and rear suspension the floor is completely flat which, combined with the rising rear undertray make the S1 extremely suitable for racing.

Mounted well back in the chassis is a Ford SVT Cobra V8 engine, also found in the Mustang Cobra. Each of the all-aluminium engines is hand-built at Ford's SVT facility and carries a plaque signed by the two technicians responsible for its assembly. Both the intake and exhaust systems are designed and built by Invicta. The compact V8 is mated to the same five speed gearbox found in the Mustang Cobra. Both six-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions are available as options.

Throughout the car great attention has been paid to isolating the occupants from the hardware and the heat it generates. A 40 mm layer of sound-proofing is sandwiched between the double floors. The interior is fully equipped with fully movable seats, climate control and a VDO hi-fi and satellite navigation system.

Invicta plan on building one car a month in 2003. In 2004 production will be gradually increased. Even though the S1 was designed with racing in mind Invicta will not race them. However if the costumer wants to take his S1 out, the factory will offer support for the effort.

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