2013 Lucra LC470 Gives New Meaning to “Retro Rocket”
The mid- to late-1950s can easily be called the first golden era of sports car racing. Not only did this period see factory-backed sports racing cars from the likes of Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz (briefly) and Chevrolet (even more briefly), but also cars from independent builders like Lister, Scarab and Lotus that only built the bodies and chassis and had to source (or their customers had to source) powertrains from a major manufacturer or racing engine builder.
It is from this latter group of ‘50s sports racing cars that Lucra Cars – based right here in L.A. – draws inspiration from, specifically the iconic Lister “Knobbly” that was typically powered by a Jaguar straight-six or a Chevrolet V8. The 2013 Lucra LC470 is also powered by a Chevy V8, but this engine, much like the car in which it’s installed, isn’t some Ike era relic.
For starters, the chassis is fabricated from powder coated steel tubing, including 4” diameter side rails. The engine and transmission are mounted well behind the centerline of the front axle, as well as being offset to the right by 1.25-inches. This improves side-to-side weight distribution when only the driver is onboard and, together with sticky tires and four-wheel independent suspension, helps the LC470 max out at a claimed 1.3 g in the corners. And the body enveloping the chassis is made entirely of carbon fiber, so it weighs just 160 lbs., and it features new front and rear styling and LED lighting compared to the 2011-‘12 LC470.
Of course, it’s one thing for a car to have a light, handling-oriented platform; it’s another thing for a car to have a light, handling-oriented platform and a ridiculously powerful engine. The 2013 edition of the LC470 has both. A trio of GM LS-Series V8s are available – the 5.7L LS6, the 6.2L LS3, and the 7.0L LS7 – as well as a carbureted 350 cubic inch (5.7L) Small Block. All are backed by a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission.
Unsurprisingly, the LC470 serves up performance that few (if any) people could have dreamed of in the 1950s. With the 505hp LS7 installed, Lucra says the LC470 will blitz to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.5 seconds. The 400hp LS6 takes 3.4 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. And if that doesn’t impress you, maybe the claimed ability to stop from 60 mph in 96 feet will.
No word on what Lucra will charge you for the pleasure of becoming the new owner of an LC470, but we’re guessing it will be significantly cheaper than your garden variety modern-looking exotic (i.e. 458 Italia, MP4-12C, etc.). Whether many people will want to forgo 21st century styling and a widely-known nameplate is another story.
Source: Lucra Cars