Elfin MS8 Streamliner


Elfin MS8 Streamliner

Infobox Automobile


name = Elfin MS8 Streamliner
manufacturer = Elfin Cars
production = 2006–
100 of both models per yearcite web
last = McGrath
first = Gavin
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = Elfin joins the HSV club
work =
publisher = Carsguide.com.au
date = 2006-12-15
url = http://carsguide.news.com.au/story/0,20384,20931780-21822,00.html
format =
doi =
accessdate = 2007-03-12
]
class =
platform =
body style = 2 seater
engine = 5.7L V8
length = convert|3.50|m|in|1
width = convert|1.71|m|in|1
height =
weight = Auto kg|1100|0
related = Clubman
similar =
designer = Mike Simcoe

The Elfin MS8 Streamliner sports cars are successors to the Elfin MS7, the Chevrolet V8 powered Elfin which won the 1975 and 1976 Australian Tourist Trophy Sports Car Championships.

The car was revealed at the 2004 Melbourne International Motor show. It is being mentioned in the same articles as some of the greatest supercars currently available.cite web | title = Spanish Speedster | publisher = BusinessWeek.com | date = 2007-03-01 | url = http://www.businessweek.com/autos/content/mar2007/bw20070301_566554.htm?chan=autos_autos+index+page_auto+shows | accessdate = 2007-03-29]

Sales to the UK are predicted for mid 2007. There are currently two Elfin MS8s in the UK for export evaluationcite web | last = Butler | first = Glann | title = Elfin supercharges Holden heart | publisher = drive.com.au | date = 2007-03-01 | url = http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=36483&vf=7 | accessdate = 2007-03-12] and an office has been set up in Chipping Norton, north of London.

Design

The Elfin MS8 Streamliner models have been designed by Elfin Sports Cars and styled by the Holden Design team when Mike Simcoe was Styling Director.

On July 5, 2006 Elfin announced that the MS8 Streamliner will be going into production. Problems had surfaced with emissions and noise regulations which caused problems with the development cycle, but the car will have the same Holden-derrived parts as the concept did.

pecification levels

There are two specifications for the Streamliner. One is the Roadster version which is a road registerable and the other is a Racer version which is single seat track only version.

Sales started in July 2006 with the Streamliner selling for $119,990 (since revised to $99,990) and the Clubman for $98,990 (since revised to $84,990)cite web | title = Elfin Sports Cars Media Announcement | publisher = fullBOOST | date = 2007-03-20 | url = http://www.fullboost.com.au/news.php?newsId=1368 | accessdate = 2007-03-29] . Production will be limited to just 100 units.

pecial editions

A '50th Anniversary' Streamliner model is being released in a limited run of five cars. The cars will be distinguished by a special paint colour of 'Garrie Cooper Gold', cabin hardtop and bonnet scoop. The hard top and bonnet scoop were designed by Mike Simcoe, the designer of the cars. One of the cars will be a supercharged version with a Convert|350|kW|hp|0|abbr=on, Auto Nm|660|0 V8 engine. Pricing will be $128,500 with the supercharged version being $12,000 extra.

Technical specifications and features

Drivetrain

*5.7 litre alloy V8
*From Convert|245|kW|hp|0|abbr=on
*6 speed gearbox
*Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

afety

*Traction control
*ABS braking system
*Cruise control

uspension

*Fully independent rear suspension with top and bottom wishbones plus toe link adjustment
*Front suspension with top and bottom chrome moly, unequal, aerofoil wishbones
*Fully adjustable race spec rose joints throughout
*Elfin alloy uprights (front and rear), fully adjustable for camber, caster & toe
*Coil over Koni shock absorbers, adjustable for bump, rebound and ride height

Brakes

*Slotted & ventilated 4 wheel disc brakes Front: 32 x Auto mm|343|1 discs
*Elfin alloy billet machined 6 pot calipers Rear: 18 x Auto mm|315|1 discs with handbrake
*Elfin alloy billet machined 4 pot calipers

teering/Pedals

*Rack and pinion with adjustable steering column
*Fully adjustable alloy pedal box with brake bias adjustment

Wheels/Tyres

*Alloy 18" wheels
*235 x 40 tyres

Construction

*Jig assembled, hand crafted multitubular space frame
*GRP body panels

Dimensions

*Length Auto mm|3500|1
*Front Track Auto mm|1460|1
*Width Auto mm|1710|1
*Rear Track Auto mm|1430|1
*Wheelbase Auto mm|2290|1
*Kerb Weight Auto kg|1050|0

References

External links

* [http://www.elfin.com.au/ Official Site]
* [http://www.topspeed.com/cars/elfin/elfin-ms8-streamliner-ar10451.html Elfin MS8 Streamliner - Review on TopSpeed.com]
* [http://thomasr.org/blog/2007/07/elfin-video.html Video of Elfin Clubman and Streamliner MS8s]


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