concept, 2008 production
litre GM LS7 V8
6 speed transmission RWD
kgs / 1985 lbs (approx)
may not be the most likely place to spawn a supercar. But the
Arbitrage GT produced with a combination of Cobra International's
composite materials experience and Galmer Engineering's race
car design and engineering expertise looks set to buck the trend.
Cobra International have been making composite surf boards,
sports equipment and propellors for 20 years and have tons of
experience in composite materials. But not in sports car chassis
design. Which is why they drafted in the help of Alan Mertens,
lead engineer of the Arbitrage GT project, and ex-racing driver,
to make sure the car handles as good as it looks.
Cobra International and Galmer Engineering intend to build only
350 Arbitrage GT supercars. The main markets for the Arbitrage
GT are the United States, where Cobra International hope to
sell around 250 cars, and Thailand where they hope to find homes
for 50 - 75 cars. Although the lightweight construction and
track biased design of the Arbitrage GT would probably find
itself at home in Europe.
Made almost entirely from carbon
fiber the Galmer Arbitrage GT will be powered by a mid-mounted
7 litre General Motors LS7 V8, developing 505 horsepower mated
to a custom made six-speed transmission.
The interior of the Arbitrage GT was a very important aspect
for the team. Critical factors involved with the interior included
style, flexibility, left hand drive/right hand drive changeability,
and overall access to gauges, HVAC, and accessories. The chosen
interior design gives the owner an infinite number of choices
for color and texture of materials as well as easy change-outs
for gauges and data loggers or Motec type dashboards. An inovative
option for the Arbitrage GT will be fingerprint recognition
for access to the car as well as starting the vehicle.
It should be pointed out that Cobra International and Galmer
Engineering have absolutely no affiliation or connection to
Carrol Shelby or the Shelby Cobra.
The Cobra International Galmer Arbitrage GT is a well funded
project, with customers getting personalised service throughout
the build process, and if things stay on schedule, which looks
likely, track testing should begin in 2007 with the first deliveries
taking place in 2008.
Related external links:
- Galmer Arbitrage GT