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Westfield SEiGHT


Westfield SEiGHT

Chris Smith started Westfield in the UK in 1982, building a one-off Lotus XI replica for a US customer which later went into production as the Westfield XI. Though a Lotus Seven replica followed in 1984, a lawsuit filed by Caterham Cars, which had the rights to the Lotus Seven, forced him to re-style his cars, and by 1988 he'd created the SE and SEi. In 1991 his models had developed further and the ultimate SE variant was born: the SEiGHT. The chassis for this car was made in square section steel tubing which was heavily triangulated, and it ran high up inside the bodywork as there was no requirement for doors. The V8 was an all aluminium Rover, stroked to 238ci (3,900cc) and at first featuring SU carbs, though later versions had fuel injection and either 198bhp (148kW) or 273bhp (203kW). Double wishbones suspension front and rear and quick steering made it a driver's machine.

Westfield SEiGHT Specifications

Top speed:139 mph (222 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:240 ci (3,946 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:273 bhp (203 kW) @ 5,750 rpm
Max torque:265 lb ft (359 Nm) @ 4,750 rpm
Weight:1,521 lb (691 kg)
Economy:24 mpg (8.5 km/I)
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