Have you ever heard of the Contera MD1? Our guess is that you have not. To introduce the world to the car are our friends at The BHP Project, based in Nottingham, England.
In a video uploaded March 26, they get a chance to visit the workshop where the MD1 was created on the Isle of Sheppey in the United Kingdom. This video can be viewed below.
The Contera was created by David Halford and Michail Papastergiou, two men who have a passion for the Group C race cars of the 1980s. They searched for a car that fit their wants and needs, but turned up nothing. So, harnessing their passion, they created a car of their own. Starting with the iconic wraparound windscreen of the Group C cars, they began crafting the car of their dreams.
The exterior of the car was a culmination of a number of design cues, but they went into the project knowing the driver would have to be seated in the center, with two side seats further back. There is no doubt that this car was built with racing in mind, and that fact is most prevalent in the car’s chassis.
Powering the Contera MD1 is a Lexus/Yamaha 3.0-liter twin turbocharged engine. As of now, it produces 300 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque, but the engine bay was designed to be able to accommodate any type of engine, from a V6 to a monstrous V12.
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Even though race cars were their inspiration for the MD1, it is also incredibly comfortable. It comes with speed sensitive steering, electric windows, an MP3 stereo, rear view camera and climate control as standard options.
Those interested in the car can order one for £55,000 (approx. $81,000 USD).