Sam Philip15 October 2009

Meet the Mini-Enzo!

Japanese kit car maker creates a Lotus Exige rival based around Mazda’s 256bhp turbo engine. Yep, it’ll be fast…

Suzusho Surpasse V news

What happens if you take the Ferrari Enzo and put it on a 90°C boil wash for a few hours?

You get a Surpasse V, that's what. Created by Japanese kit car specialist Suzusho, it's a lightweight Lotus-rival that features the 2.3-litre, 256bhp turbo petrol engine from the Mazda3 MPS wedged into a car weighing just 850kg.

Which means it'll be mental-fast. Though Suzusho is yet to release performance figures, bear in mind that the Mazda3 MPS weighs around 500kg more and will hit 60mph in six seconds flat. The Lotus Exige 260, the Surpasse's closest rival on power and weight, can crack 60mph in under four seconds.

The Surpasse V was designed by Kenji Mimura, the man responsible for the short-lived Maki F1 team, which competed in just eight races in the mid-70s. He's obviously a big fan of the design styles of Maranello and Hethel - if you're not so keen on our boil-washed Enzo theory, how about the stunted offspring of an FXX and an Exige?

Lightly derivative it may be, but we like the look of the Surpasse. Suzusho says it should go on sale in the middle of next year - anyone tempted by a cheeky grey import?  

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