Outside of a few standouts, the Commonwealth of Australia is not typically associated with performance cars. Gisborne-based Quantum Performance Vehicles is looking to change that with its first product, the hysterically powerful GP700. Taking cues from elemental sports cars like the Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow, and Caterham Seven, the GP700 combines an obscene amount of power with a very low weight in the pursuit of track glory.
Its 2.7-liter four-cylinder equips dual superchargers for a total output of 700 horsepower and 483 pound-feet of torque, which is excessive even in full-size luxury cars. When combined with the Quantum’s 1,543-pound curb weight, it’s pretty clear the Aussies aren’t messing around.
The facts and figures surrounding this car are simply astounding. It features a 60-percent better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron SS. It produces higher g-force at maximum acceleration than a skydiver experiences during free fall. At around 174 mph, the GP700 produces 1.8g of downforce thanks to the huge wing and sculpted body. According to the manufacturer, that’s enough to theoretically drive upside down.
It’s not all about straight-line performance though, as the open-top two-seater was born for the twisty track. The carbon aluminum chassis can pull 1.9g during slow-speed turns, and as much as 2.5g when cornering at 112 mph. For reference, astronauts experience around 3g of force during space shuttle launches.
Better yet, the GP700 is street-legal.
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The price for all this performance hasn’t been officially released, but the limited production, globally-available vehicle is expected to start just under $700,000. For that amount of money, you could buy two Ariel Atoms, a Corvette Z06, a Porsche 911 GT3, and a Bentley Continental GT with about $160,000 left over to spend on gas.
Check out a video of the GP700 doing track testing below.