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  Connaught D-Type Coupe

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2006
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA revolutionary concept in vehicle design and engineering was announced when the Connaught Motor Company revealed its first project - the Type-D sports coupé - at the 2004 Goodwood Revival meeting. Featuring the first ever V10 hybrid engine, Connaught's Type-D beats mainstream manufacturers in the race to produce a high performance energy-efficient sports car. The stunning coupé will deliver 140mph, 0-60mph in 6.2s, 42mpg and genuine 2+2+ seating configuration, while still complying with ultra-low emissions targets set for 2010.

The brainchild of two ex-Jaguar consultant engineers, Tim Bishop and Tony Martindale, the Connaught Type-D has to date received almost half a million pounds worth of funding from the Energy Saving Trust and has no less than 17 patents pending on its ground-breaking technology. The car was previewed at Goodwood's Revival meeting, a fitting venue to resurrect a famous name of 1950s automotive engineering, but the new Connaught Motor Company is no heritage-laden throw-back to past eras. Connaught is the first virtual car company. It designs the car and manages the project, but out-sources the manufacturing to Derby-based partners EPM Technology, thereby ensuring relatively low start-up investment costs.

The ultra-lightweight construction helps to realise the ambitious fuel efficiency targets while the mid-front north-south mounted engine and rear-wheel drive configuration guarantees maximum driving pleasure without compromising rear space. The cleverly engineered convertible 'Eclipse' version will have electrically-powered stacking glass panels which disappear into the boot lid without loss of luggage space. The Type-D will be competitively priced starting at around £35,000.

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