The Vortex F1 is a lightweight, purist sports car which was
unveiled at the 2010 SEMA show.
The F1 is produced by the Vortex Motor Company based in Seattle,
Washington, and for an upstart car company producing an entirely
new model, the Vortex F1 has a few safe hands to guide its development.
The company's boss is a graduate of Cornell University and Purdue
University, where he earned a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
and a Masters in Industrial engineering respectively. The chief
designer at Vortex is a veteran at both Ford and Mazda design
departments where he was responsible for concepts as varied
as the Ford
Bronco and Mazda
The Vortex F1 is based around a MIG welded steel spaceframe
chassis which is engineered to handle engines up to 340 horsepower.
The majority of the bodywork is formed from fiberglass, with
the option of carbon fiber for those with fatter wallets. The
wheel arches are made from lightweight aluminium.
Inside, the Vortex F1 features a pair of supportive bucket racing
seats and harnesses. The standard dash features analogue instruments,
but there is the option of a racing-style digital dash.
The suspension system of the Vortex F1 is based around TIG welded
aluminum unequal length wishbones coupled with fully adjustable
coil spring dampers.
Powering the Vortex F1 is a GM-sourced 2.0 litre turbocharged
engine which produces 290 horsepower and 340 ft-lbs of torque.
This is mated to a six-speed manual transmission which drives
the rear wheels. The projected 0-60 sprint time of the Vortex
F1 is an almost unbelievable 2.7 seconds.
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