Minerva J.M. Brabazon Hybrid Supercar From Belgium Bows


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    Minerva J.M. Brabazon Picture

    A Belgian start-up company has resurrected the Minerva brand. | July 03, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • A Belgian start-up company has resurrected the Minerva brand.
  • Minerva Automobiles plans to build a new hybrid supercar called the Minerva J.M. Brabazon.
  • Powered by a twin-turbo V12 engine and two electric motors, the Minerva Brabazon has a claimed top speed of more than 249 mph.

BRUSSELS, Belgium — A Belgian start-up company has resurrected the Minerva brand on a new hybrid supercar called the Minerva J.M. Brabazon.

From its birth at the start of the last century to the eve of World War II, Minerva carved out a modest reputation in Europe as a luxury car for kings and racers. One of the earliest Minerva drivers was the British engineer and aviation pioneer John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon, for whom the latest car is named.

Details on the company's Web site and Facebook page are sketchy. The new car is to be powered by a mid-/rear-mounted twin-turbo V12 driving the rear wheels through an F1 six-speed sequential gearbox, with a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels. The plug-in hybrid powertrain enables a claimed top speed of more than 249 mph.

Minerva says the car will feature a carbon-fiber monocoque and Kevlar-carbon body. The car also will get a limited-slip differential and regenerative brakes, and will ride on dedicated Michelin performance tires — 19s in front and 20s in the rear.

The initial batch of photos shows a sleek and sporty two-seater that mashes together styling elements of the McLaren P1 and the Audi R8.

Edmunds says: How would you define the phrase "Belgian supercar"?

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