Despite the pressure for auto companies to reach new plateaus in automotive efficiency and fuel economy, the supercar continues to live within the changing 21st century market. A global fever, construction of limited number supercars sees Spyker Cars in Sweden, the Hulme CanAm coming from New Zealand and even HTT Technologies in Canada crowding a niche market.
Crafted on the raw sports car design emotion of the late 1960s to early 1970s, an aspiring specialty car manufacturer in Karlshuld, Germany has been releasing a series of sketches to their company’s future performance car. Revealing their sports car concept for the first time in May, Endora-Cars exhibited the endearing combination of American and European motoring that has gave the world the AC Cobra almost exactly 50 years ago.
Called the Endora SC-1, the German company has now shown off a more photo realistic look. A major difference in the revised Endora SC-1 images is the cancellation of the partially covered rear wheels. Described by Endora Cars CEO Bjoern Marek, the design change was specifically commented. “This is our reaction to requests coming from potential customers and the media, asking to see the Endora with a more exposed wheel arch design.” said Marek.
If eyes familiar with sports car design observe a strong sense of the Chevrolet Corvette C6 in the Endora SC-1, congratulations! The Endora SC-1 vehicle is constructed on the same basis as the successful and race-proven American sports car. Reducing production costs and the overwhelming development time needed to produce an entire vehicle structure from stretch, Endora-Cars could focus on creating an outer body shell with distinctive features. Though the Chevrolet Corvette C6 sports car shape is dominant on the SC-1 supercar, Endora-Cars fuses several touches that tributes classic supercar design. The Endora SC-1 wears a unique front fascia featuring headlamps housings holding HID light bulbs and LED fog lamps. A race car-like look on the SC-1 is accomplished with a matte black lower air dam. The black colouring treatment is also included on the hood’s center as well as within tailored-sculpted side panels. The rear surface area of the SC-1 demonstrates Endora’s skill in channelling the glory of past supercars.
Replacing the large rear glass area of the Corvette C6, a smaller field of visibility is created with body colour framing. This window treatment could be a tribute to several late 1960-1970s vehicles including perhaps the Ferrari 512 prototype race car or even American fastback muscle cars. Deeper down the deck lid, the design anatomy is clearly an inspiration from the American muscle car or pony car era of the late sixties. The Endora badge mounted in the center, two round taillights is accomplished with a modern lower diffuser. Viewing the Endora SC-1 supercar from behind sets a view many first-time admirers would question initially. However, once discovering the kind of vehicle you’re following you would surely remember the combination as that of a unique automobile.
While the Endora SC-1 exists largely in virtual form, specifications for the car’s physical appearance are presented in some detail. Endora Cars states that three powerplants options could be matched with the SC-1 supercar. In fact, the General Motors V-8 engines equipped on the base Corvette, Z06 and the ZR1 models will be employed on the Endora SC-1 undergoing minor performance tweaking. Available with an automatic or a six-speed manual transmission, the 6.2 liter V-8 is powered by 437 horsepower and 424 pounds-feet of torque according to Endora-Cars. Equipped with only a manual gearbox, a 512 horsepower 7-liter V-8 and a top-rated 647 horsepower 6.2 Supercharged V-8 engines can potentially power the Endora SC-1.
While no production plans have been firmly solidified, the Endora SC-1 is being ambitiously led to reality.