V2 News - Update March 2016
New alternate V2 rollbar arrangement with bolt-on rear stays.
V2 News - Update Jan/Feb 2016
A Left Hand Drive V2 being prepped for export. This model is equipped with a non-
turbo 2.0 litre GDI Ford powerplant.
V2 Media News - Update December 2015
Total Kit Car Magazine completed a full Road Test of the 2015 spec Vortex V2 in their
this years best seller
September issue. [See below for details]
Some of the quotes from inside the TKC road test article:
||"it's a proper missile . . ."
||"one of the finest specialist cars I have driven . . ."
||"superb drivers car that competes head-on . . ."
||"possibly the best [steering] I have sampled . . ."
We think it all went rather well but we will admit to being a little biased. So after reading the reveiw, we
want to hear your opinion. (Use the comments section of the contact page).
If you like driving more than reading, you can use the same page to book a test drive you will never forget.
After all - even though we are pleased TKC were truly impressed - we are only thrillled when you are.
Vortex V2 - 2015 spec with lower pricing announced - Update December 2015
Vortex Automotive is excited to announce lower pricing on the V2 - 2015
spec as a direct result
of design simplification and other efficiencies.
Refinements inside and out . . .
Just a few of the technical and design changes in the 2015 spec Vortex V2 include weight savings
and a lower centre of
gravity with a new 3" shorter nose, 7" narrower tail, 1.5" lower front bulkhead
modified sidepanels and chassis, better pedal
layout, new caliper positions, narrower rear track and more.
Look for the V2 in Complete Kit Car Magazine's 2014/2015 Guide.
The V2 appeared at Brands Hatch during TKC Day on Nov 15th 2014.
The following Production updates have now been completed 2015 spec V2;
For more details see here
- Front pushrod layout option
- Narrower, shorter, lower chasis
- Wider front track, longer wishbones and track arms
- Alloy calipers, non-vented discs
- New caliper positions
- Modified master cylinders
- New mirror position
- 6-Speed gearbox option
- Optimised silencer
- Now 2-channel fly-by-wire throttle
- Modified side panels and internal trim boards
- LED tail lamp option
- Padded armrest and glass fibre centre tunnel
- Passenger tonneau cover
- New rack location
- Luggage box in nose
Both the V2 and the new Vortex GT-EV are featured on the Goodwood website fortyonesix.com.
The Vortex GT-EV was also recently shown in action publicly and in the news again (see GT Product News)
The V2 - 002 - Fact Sheet - Updated October 2014
The inspiration for the Vortex V2 was to emulate the virtues of a Lotus 7 type, but to move the concept on
with modern looks, proportion and more visual excitement, with the benefits of a rear engine (better
packaging/less cockpit noise, better traction). A direct injection engine stays with the contemporary
theme, although the 2.0 Ecoboost would not package at the front because of its overall height (it has
counterbalance shafts in the sump) and a low mounted turbo.
The second Prototype is a major revision of the first, with every chassis tube changed. Downsizing has
been a major aim, and the car is 3" shorter in wheelbase, 6" shorter in body length, the chassis is 3/4"
narrower and 1.5” lower. Wheels have changed from 18" x 8”all round, to 16" x 7” front and 17" x 7.5”
rear.100 changes in total!
Lower production side panels, a new nose (minus aerofoils), revised tail section with teardrop shaped
blister to cover engine hard point and lower rear shape to enclose the chassis better, and a moulded
centre tunnel add to the visual changes as do LED tail lights and unique mirrors. There is also a stowage
box which fits inside the nosecone for crash helmets etc.
Mechanically, the wishbones are longer and wider based, the steering quicker, (now 2 turns lock to lock),
solid discs with alloy calipers improve the un-sprung weight, redesigned electrics (by ex-F1 technicians)
have the ECU’s now better placed inside the engine bay, headlight main beam is twinned with dipped beam
for enhanced performance, and throttle actuation is now2 channel fly-by-wire. The chassis is lighter and is
better triangulated. The jack position is at the very front of the car inside the nose and as is the battery
for better weight distribution. The turbo piping is better optimised to eliminate throttle lag. Bespoke drive
shafts are made from S155 steel. Handbrake is now from the Focus.
Features retained are the steering rack behind front axle centreline for safety, a 7.5 gallon central fuel
tank (the gear change is mounted directly on to this), pendulum pedals for the best ergonomics,
respectable shoulder and foot width for the reclined driving position, mini air deflectors on the cockpit
fairings to deflect the air over the occupants heads, and uniquely a full width cooling slot underneath the
chassis for the turbo intercooler and full width radiator. Vortex uses their own LM25 aluminium uprights
and hubs on the V2 and the GTT.
Further refinements are on the way, as is the 1.6 Ecoboost option (25 kg lighter than the 2.0). A V2- EV
may be tackled if a demand is perceived; exciting developments are occurring all the time to the available
Main donor parts are Focus column, stalks and handbrake, engine/gearbox, Ford rack, discs and header
Vortex will put tenders out to licence and fully build the V2 at some point as there is now a preference to
tank, VW rear calipers, Hi-Spec front, ITG air filter.
focus more on the creative side of automotive product.
For information about test driving or ordering the new Vortex V2, please use our contacts page.