The car will be built at Speke Hall Industrial Estate and is being tested on roads around Liverpool. You may have seen it being put through its paces on the Top Gear track by The Stig. Should you be interested you can expect 300 horses and a sprint time of 2.8 seconds for your £100K. But this is a car that’s much more about ride and handling than outright speed – and what’s really clever is the adaptive gearing, meaning that you can have the car set up to complement your local track.
The track, of course, is where the car can really come alive – although Ian is at pains to point out the versatility of the car on A and B roads; even around town. It’s the purity of the vision of a car designed purely to be enjoyed, free of compromise, that excites him.
“The more you think about it, cars have always had a legacy of transportation – even with supercars – whereas if you look at something you do just for the fun of it such as skiing or mountain-biking, you’d never dream of having an additional occasional passenger. Imagine having a mountain bike that would allow you to occasionally take a pillion passenger – how compromised would that be?
“Because cars are a transport medium people don’t view them in that way but we started with a blank sheet of paper and designed something specifically for the enjoyment. It’s about a pure experience.”
Ian’s attention is distracted by a troupe of young scousers. “Is that your car mate?” they shout at him. “You must be a millionnaire!” Ian demurs as they turn their attention back to the car, marvelling at its lines and quiet intent. Already this is a Liverpool supercar.