Sin Cars revealed its R1 to an eager, but select, group at a rainy Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground last week. It was a chance to drive a car that made its dynamic debut at FoS earlier this year. Undeterred by a failure to negotiate the tricky Morecambe turn on the event’s Sunday, significant progress has been made. Indeed the race version, from which the road car is derived, has already had outings at Silverstone and Donington, where it took a third place, in GT3 guise.
Therefore the launch of the road car is the next step in the progression and one that is fuelled by the passion of its MD, Rosen Dasakalov.
The car is an international collation of the best from established manufacturers. To wit; the V8 comes from General Motors in the form of the LS3 6.2-litre (a la Corvette and Camaro), the gearbox is the Porsche 6-speeder from the GT3, bolted into a spaceframe chassis from UK Pro-Formance Metals and clad in carbon fibre composite panels from Sin’s own factory in Bulgaria. With final assembly and testing at the new factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Et voila, you have a supercar with 525bhp, a 0-62mph in less than 3.5sec, a maximum speed more than 186mph… and that most important ingredient, swing-up doors. All for around £72,000.
So it looks great, has great specs on paper and can be considered a bargain. This of course is relative, but remember a basic Porsche 911 Carrera starts at £73,500, and to get a similarly specified Lamborghini you are looking a the thick end of £240,000.
But how does it drive and handle? In short, remarkably well.
The Bruntingthorpe test track isn’t known for its smoothness and recent rain added a certain frisson at the ends of the straights. Considering it’s sports car set-up, it was remarkably comfortable for such a high performance device. More surprisingly was the fact that, at over 6ft and not being of the skinny persuasion, I was able to fit in with ease over the relatively high door sill and fit the 5-point harness without drama. In the short session, and remember the track was wet, it easily punched 140mph on the straight. The sight of a looming parked 747 indicated it was time to brake and negotiate the final corner. A brief demonstration but one that impressed.
And I got through the whole article without any references to the strange name or wondering what the wages of sin really are. Well, nearly.