Speed & Sports Kodiak F1 1983

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  1. Tsukishima

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    In the early 80's, the German company specializing in the mechanisms and roofs for convertibles, Speed & Sports, headed by Mladen Mitrovic of Serbian origin, decided to diversify things by producing a supercar taking the concept of the gullwing doors overview on the Mercedes-Benz C111 and offering outstanding performance standards for that time.

    With the help of the University of Munich, and the first CAD software, Mitrovic carried out in record time a very modern car for its time. The Kodiak F1 made its debut at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. The composite body covers a tubular frame in the same fashion as airplanes are built, apparently, the tubular chassis widely made use of composite materials (Kevlar, carbon fiber and epoxy) guaranteeing both rigidity and light weight.

    Mitrovic went for an American engine, a V8 5.7 liter from the Chevrolet Corvette that develops 320 hp (which gave the car a power/weight ratio relatively advantageous). For the rest, Brembo brakes, ZF 5-speed gearbox, Pirelli tires and Koni shock absorbers complement the range of a supercar that looks pretty efficient.

    Despite its qualities, the Kodiak F1 was going through what many other such attempts have been also through: stagnation. Mitrovic was put into effect in mind to replace the US origin V8 engine by a German one, to play on the patriotism probably. He chose a 5.0 liter Mercedes V8s tuned by the then-independent AMG to the tune of 380hp.

    It would seem that a second prototype was then realized. But time passed, and the potential price of the car climbed from $48,000 to $117,000 causing the Kodiak F1 to fight against monsters out in the meantime: the Porsche 959 (1985) or the Ferrari F40 (1987). Short of money, Mitrovic ultimately gave up in 1989, after 1 or 2 prototypes and lost hopes. The company Speed & Sports still exists. The prototype featured here sports the Corvette V8, it resurfaced in 2009 on eBay being offered for sale for $50,000. The seller did mention the existence of a second prototype with Mercedes power.

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  2. karelpipa

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    Rear lamps are from 944?
     
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  3. TheEvstar93

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    Crikey. This looks quite good!
     
  4. JKgo

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    ...Not that good looking, if I'm a bit honest, but interesting history nonetheless. So have a vote. Happy new year.