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Marcos Mantis

Marcos Mantis

Like many small car manufacturers in the early 1970s, Marcos went out of business but was revived in 1981 when founder Jem Marsh made a comeback with updated versions of his sporty coupes. Although the cars started out with four-cylinder engines, by the mid-1980s a Rover V8 was being used. As the Rover went Out of production in the mid-1990s, Marcos turned to Ford for their modular V8 and I lie Mantis was born. The wild glass-fibre bodywork hid a strong, separate tubular .steel backbone, with MacPherson struts up front and wishbones at the rear. The wheels were 17-inch (432mm) up front while the rears were taller and wider. All Mantis cars with seven-spoke alloys ran a Vortech supercharger on the Ford 32-valve modular engine which gave 450bhp (336kW). The massive hood bulge both made room for the motor and extracted hot air via vents.

Marcos Mantis Specifications

Top speed:161 mph (258 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:281 ci (4,601 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:352 bhp (262 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:300 lb ft (406 Nm) @ 4,800 rpm
Weight:2,620 lb (1,191 kg)
Economy:21 mpg (7.5 km/I)
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