There is one more car manufacturer in the world – the newly formed British firm Wells Motorcars has presented its first brainchild: a lightweight subcompact two-seater coupe with a retro-styled design. The novelty is called Wells Vertige, that is Wells Vertige – you must agree, the name is sonorous.
Wells Motorcars is backed by entrepreneur Robin Wells, who made a fortune in the insurance business in the Middle East. He says he conceived his own car in 2014 and has been in development since then. Wells says that he originally intended to buy himself a lightweight sports car, but did not find anything suitable, so he decided to become an automaker himself – and to offer the market the product that was in short supply.
Wells Vertige is made using a fairly typical small-scale technology: the supporting structure is welded here from round pipes and bent steel sheet. All external panels are molded from composites. Headlights and lanterns are made of universal rounds.
The length of Wells Vertige is only 4 m, comparable to the VAZ-2108/09, the width is 1.75 m, like the Lada Vesta. The suspension is independent, front and rear double wishbones made of aluminum alloy are used.
The engine is installed across the rear of the seats, within the wheelbase, that is, the layout is mid-engine. This is a 208 hp Ford 2.0-liter petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Curb weight – 850 kg, acceleration from 0-100 km / h takes only five seconds, top speed reaches 225 km / h.
Seven cars have already been laid on the stocks, which friends and family members ordered from Wells. In the future, small-scale production of 25 cars per year is planned, the price is 40,000 pounds sterling ($ 55,000).