Latest V2 Media News - Update August 2015
Total Kit Car Magazine will be completing a full Road Test of the 2015 spec Vortex V2 in their
issue. This is a Road Test you won't want to miss! After reading their reveiw, let us
knowyour opinion by using the comments section of the contact page.
Vortex V2 - 2015 spec with lower pricing announced - Update May 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 ordering the new Vortex V2, please use our contacts page.
Vortex Automotive - Corporate News
Vortex Automotive Ltd is the replacement name for Phantom Automotive Ltd.
The company retains the same ownership and is
authoring this site to provide information on the
changes to our rebadged GTT series of performance sports cars. Sharing new product
information will also be a
feature of this site.
The Vortex series has been proven
tested by demanding
With a generous
72" wide interior and a
wheelbase even the larger
enjoy performance in
In every way, the
With the establishment of the new company, development is continuous - making the product more
powerful and desirable. This is evidenced by the announcement of new engine options. (see: Donor Parts)
and recent design changes.
With sincere appreciation to our past, present and future customers, we invite you to explore our
site and to stay in touch via email to let us
how we are doing.
Meantime, to our new visitors, we welcome you and look forward to arranging a Vortex
GTT or V2 test
drive so you can experience first-hand what all the excitement is about . . .
GT Series Product News Updated - Nov 2013
The new Vortex GT-EV successfully completed the course at the recent Future Vehicle Brighton to London
event with plenty of range to spare. The EV was solely powered by its lithium iron
batteries. The news
media showed great interest in this event both here and abroad and the run confirmed the
project is on schedule.
New Headlight Cluster
New light cluster featuring bi-halogen
unit, separate LED
addition of "Daytime Running
Also available in chrome finish.
Other Publicity News
In their in-depth review of the Vortex GT3 3.0 litre 225 bhp superkit, Complete KitCar says:
"One of the best kit car designs ever?"
" . . . The Vortex GT3 is an extraordinarily impressive kit car."
"Too Good for a Kit Car?"
" . . . emits an air of quiet confidence."
Complete KitCar included the Vortex series in their Complete Kit Car Guide 2011
In the November edition of Total Kit Car magazine the Vortex was described as:
" . . . stunning GT . . . "
Vortex GT owners compare notes
News Bites . . . updated December 2012
Vortex Automotive's Left Hand Drive study is ongoing and making steady progress for the GT series.
However, no new announcements can be made at this time for one of the most popular customer
Watch this space.