Yet another old name from the early 20th century has been revived, this time from Belgium. Called the J.M. Brabazon, it is the first vehicle to bear the Minerva badge since 1956. The brand made luxury cars until 1938, then, after the war, they struggled for survival by making Land Rovers, before finally going bust.
Moving on to the J.M. Brabazon, it is named after a British duke/racing car driver who raced Minerva cars back in the day. The official website says the car will feature a V12 engine, which will get extra boost from electric motors powering the front wheels for a top speed of over 400 km/h (250 mph) – theoretically, it is aimed at the Ferrari La Ferrari and McLaren P1.
Looks wise, it is closer to the clean, simple approach of the McLaren, but there’s a bit of Audi in there somewhere too (may be the full-LED headlights). Not much more is known at this point, and the vehicle in the photos below is just a rendering.
It all sounds nice and promising, but carbon fiber needs to be molded, metal pressed and gasoline burnt for us to believe that this is a credible effort, because frankly it’s quite difficult (next-to impossible, actually) to achieve the stated figures without burning through many, many millions of Euros (in this case). One thing’s for sure: if it does materialize into a real car, it will be hugely expensive.
By Andrei Nedelea