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The NEW Vortex V2 - 002 - Updated October 2014

Look for the V2 - 002 in Complete Kit Car Magazine's 2014/2015 Guide - available shortly!

The V2 - 002 will also be appearing at Brands Hatch during TKC Day on Nov 15th 2014.

Vortex V2 002

The following Production updates have now been completed for the V2-002
;

  • Narrower, shorter, lower chasis
  • Wider track, longer wishbones and track arms
  • Alloy calipers, non-vented discs
  • 6-Speed gearbox option
  • Optimised silencer
  • Now 2-channel fly-by-wire throttle
  • New side panels and internal trim boards
  • LED tail lamp option
  • Padded armrest and glass fibre centre tunnel
  • Passenger tonneau cover
  • Luggage box in nose
For more details see here

Vortex GTT - First look The Excitement continues - Updated Autumn 2014

The new Vortex GTT has been added to the GT sports car series and featured in Complete Kit Car
Magazine
. The GTT feature highlights include a 2.0 litre Ecoboost engine married to a six speed
MMT6 gearbox
with many refinements that include reduced weight and increased power.

GTT Silver 2014

GTT interior view

The Vortex V2 - 001 was featured in Fast Furious and Funny You Tube programme - Feb/Mar 2013


The Vortex V2 - 001 passed its IVA test in late 2012 shown below before a quartermile sprint test.

Vortex V2 doing a quarter mile test

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.

Vortex V2 002 Front

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
hardware.

Main donor parts are Focus column, stalks and handbrake, engine/gearbox, Ford rack, discs and header
tank, VW rear calipers, Hi-Spec front, ITG air filter.

Vortex will put tenders out to licence and fully build the V2 at some point as there is now a preference to
focus more on the creative side of automotive product.

For information about ordering the new Vortex V2, please use our contacts page.

Vortex V2
V2 Nosebox

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 many
changes to our rebadged GTT series of performance sports cars. Sharing new product development
information will also be a feature of this site.

Vortex GT Series Rear 3/4 view
The Vortex series has been proven and
tested by demanding sports car
enthusiasts and knowledgeable drivers.

With a generous 72" wide interior and a
long 104" wheelbase even the larger
enthusiast can enjoy performance in
comfort.

In every way, the Vortex sports cars are
more accomplished than ever and yet still
very affordable.

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. (see: Specifications).

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 know 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 Vortex GT-EV
project is on schedule
.

Vortex GT-EV during the Brighton to London run

 

Front Light Pod

New Headlight Cluster

New light cluster featuring bi-halogen

main unit, separate LED sidelight
with the addition of "Daytime Running
Light" type option.

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:

spacer"One of the best kit car designs ever?"

spacer" . . . The Vortex GT3 is an extraordinarily impressive kit car."

spacer"Too Good for a Kit Car?"

spacer" . . . 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:

spacer" . . . stunning GT . . . "

A group of Vortex Owners
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
requested options. Watch this space.

     
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