never heard of Minerva? me either. apparently, the automobile maker’s history began as far as 1897 and had built over 50,000 cars in the early part of the 20th century, but the company met its untimely demised in 1956. on both counts, we are generally too young to know Minerva, much less learned about her glorious history and our history books surely didn’t recount this. so, you’d be forgiven for not hearing their name before. anyway, fast forward nearly six decades after its closure (and more than a century since its founding), the goddess of automobiles is making her come back and what better than a car that fits the speed-loving, environment-conscious 21st century folks such as a hybrid supercar?
dubbed the Minerva J.M. Brabazon Hybrid Supercar, this comeback model is powered by a mid-mounted V12 twin turbo internal combustion unit and two electric motors driving the front wheels. while no power figure was offered, it does stake an estimated top speed claim of over 400 km/h (248 mph) which is enough to leave us imagining what kind of power (and torque) it will be packaged with. its somewhat Audi R8-ish Kevlar-carbon body sits on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, resulting a claimed power-to-weight ratio of 1:1. we have no doubt that this is going to be a fast car, a very fast car and one ride that would turn heads wherever it goes – if anyone is fast enough to catch it speeding past. availability and pricing are still unknown variables at this point.
so, in the meantime, we invite you to join us for a short ogling time with more images of the Minerva J.M Brabazon hybrid super in the small image gallery below.