2007 Elfin MS8 'Supercharged' Clubman
|Engine||5.7 litre V8 ?Supercharged?|
One of the hottest new cars at the 2004 Melbourne Motor Show was the revived Elfin marque, a uniquely Australian take on the clubman-style sports car concept combining a lightweight chassis with the brute power of a big V8. Styled by the Holden Design Team under the direction of Mike Simcoe, the new MS8 was a fantastic mix of retro and modern design cues. Two very different models were offered, the traditional Clubman and more radical, fully-enclosed Streamliner. Built around a multi-tubular space frame chassis with GRP body panels, the MS8 weighed in at just 1,050 kg and possessed a formidable power-to-weight ratio thanks to a 5.7-litre Gen III V8 punching out 245 kW. Driving through a six-speed transmission with limited-slip diff, the Elfin had fully adjustable rose-jointed, double wishbones suspension with alloy uprights, adjustable Koni shocks and rack and pinion steering, making this the perfect track day weapon. To keep the power in check Elfin fitted traction control, slotted and ventilated disc brakes with ABS and unique 18-inch wheels on 235/40 rubber. Modern day creature comforts, so often sacrificed on a sports car as focused as the Elfin, were neatly incorporated, included a fully adjustable pedal box and steering column that allowed larger drivers to fit behind the wheel. The Holden running gear kept maintenance costs to a minimum and there is plenty of scope for enhancing the already brutal performance. Destined to be a future classic, this beautifully resolved Aussie sports car affords the new owner plenty of enjoyment, be it on the road or track.