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Spyker Presents the LM85 Lightweight Sports Car

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Spyker has now unveiled their offering in the class of road-legal lightweight raceversions of sport cars, the LM85. Direct competitors (on trackdays and for the buyers attention) are the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Aston Martin N24, Porsche GT3 RS and customized versions of sports and supercars by firms such as Ruf, Gemballa, edo competition and a few others.

Spyker LM85

The Spyker LM85. Photo by Spyker.

The LM85 is based on Spykers GT2 class LeMans racer GT2R, a choice that’s interesting sincethey’vechosen an older more race-focused model as base and made it more comfortable rather than taking the newsest (and more ugly) version of the C8, the Aileron and made that more lightweight. These cars are some of the best looking available -when designed right. The wide stance, low profile and functional aerodynamic additions make them look powerful, aggressive andintimidating while still retaining the grace and design that flatters their road-oriented siblings. When done wrong though (like most diy, showand custom jobs) the results are hideous, no sense of proportion, function or style.

No mention on the weight for the LM85 is given, although the GT2R has a kerb weight of 1125kg and the C8 Laviolette weighs in at 1275kg so expect the LM85 to somewhere inbetween. Power is created in the 400bhp Audi 4.2l V8 seen in the other C8 models which gives a very nice power to weight ratio of approximately 314-356 bhp/ton, slightly less than the Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Shifting is also through the usual C8 units which means that the manual six-speed box with the spectacular open gear linkage is used.

The new car from Spyker shows that form can follow function in the best way possible. I’m starting to save right now to buy one, I just hope that I can get the money in time before the 24 car edition is sold out, or before Spyker is bust again…

More photos can be found in this post on autoblog and here’s the original press release.

Spyker LM85 Interior

The interior of the Spyker LM85, note the open shifting linkage retained from the C8. Photo by Spyker.

Press Release

Zeewolde, 14 November 2008 – Spyker Cars is in attendance at the Los Angeles Auto Show from 21 to 30 November at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The prescence of Spyker marks the US debut of the Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 – a limited edition of the road version of its GT2 LeMans car. Furthermore, the Spyker C8 Aileron preproduction car and a Spyker C8 Spyder will be displayed.

Spyker Cars N.V., manufacturer of exclusive premium sports cars, proudly presents the Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 ? the road version of its GT2 LeMans car. The Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 will be built as a limited edition of 24 units maximum, and will be available in both left and right hand drive. Production of the LM85 commences this quarter.

The LM85 is an advanced mid-engine, two-seat sports car. It is characterized by a lightweight all aluminum body construction and an uncompromising engineering package. The powertrain of the LM85 is the all aluminum Audi 4.2 liter V8 engine producing 400 bhp. This is paired to a manual six-speed Getrag gearbox, driving the rear wheels with a Drexler limited slip differential. ABS is standard. The use of aluminum parts and other lightweight materials results in an impressive power-to-weight ratio and underlines the GT2 racing heritage of the car.

Based on the Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R, the racing characteristics of the LM85 are numerous, such as the all aluminum chassis, GT2 livery (Burnt Almond Orange with Gun Metal ‘S’ logo), side mirrors in body color, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and GT2 windscreen streamer. Behind the black powder coated alloy wheels, black AP Racing 6 piston brake calipers with AP Racing logo appear. The LM85 can optionally be equipped with Le Mans sticker sets as well as a customised LM85 car cover.

The ample use of black leather and alcantara, which is originally meant to reduce light reflection during racing, has been finished with orange contrast stitching and characterizes the unique interior of the LM85. The dashboard instrument panel is made of turned aluminum. Each car will feature a personalised LM85 serial plaque. On request, Chronoswiss dials and switches can be installed and are virtually identical to the Chronoswiss 24Hours Pilot Watch every LM85 owner receives with his car. The black floor mats are made of fire protective material, finished with orange piping and the LM85 logo embroidered.

Extra features
As mentioned above, every LM85 owner receives a special edition Spyker Chronoswiss 24H Pilot Watch with orange crocodile strap. The serial number of the car will be engraved on the case of this exquisite time piece. Additionally, all LM85 owners are offered an exclusive Spyker VIP Hospitality weekend at the 24H of Le Mans in 2009.

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