Another Supercar! Do we really need so many of them? If you think so, then read on. Despite the fact that Switzerland is not recognized for its large auto industry (think Rinspeed and Sbarro), Beck Engineering & Composits Gmbh, from Muri near Berne, is trying to create a notch for Swiss in the super sports car making industry by unveiling its Beck LM800 this week at the Luxus Motor Show in Vienna.
The company gets its name from Rene Beck, who can look back on a history of over 20 years in the construction of prototypes and vehicles. Even when he was a schoolboy, in every free minute he was already fiddling around with home-made sports cars and working on his dream. His motto then is still the same now: We start at the point where others have already given up.’
It’s powered by a 4.2 liter, 650 hp, turbocharged, MTM V8, attached to a 7-speed semi-sequential gearbox. The most striking feature of the car is its weight – 900 kg with a full tank of gas and an 80 kg driver – achieved with liberal lashings of aluminum, magnesium, titanium, and the latest plastic and composite materials.
The basic construction of the car is similar to a Formula 1 racing car with a central monocoque made of composite materials that protect the driver and provide the necessary rigidity. Fixed to this are the engine and gearbox support, as well as the front transverse control arms of the chassis.
The car’s tech components are more Formula 1 than streetcar….. Kevlar, carbon fiber, and pneumatic jacks. However, it also has luxuries, including air conditioning, satellite navigation, keyless entry, and leather seats. Other additional options in the custom – order Swiss automobile CHF 750,000 ($600,500) car are power windows, an LCD screen, additional airbags, and a higher output engine.