US startup aims to create world's fastest production car with LM2 Streamliner

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Lyons Motor Car is set to debut its LM2 Streamliner prototype hypercar at the New York Auto Show

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Lyons Motor Car is not a carmaker with which many people will be familiar, having only been founded in 2011 and not having ever released a car. All that may be about to change though. If the firm is to be believed, it is set to unveil what will be the world's fastest car at the New York International Auto Show.

Founded by Kevin Lyons, the company believes there is no US car that can compete with the likes of Bugatti, Pagani, Ferrari and Lamborghini. As such, it says it has set out to build a hypercar to do just that.

The LM2 Streamliner will apparently be powered by a 1,700 hp twin turbocharged 8.2-L V8 engine. According to Lyons, that will get the car from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in a blistering 2.2 seconds and will give it a top speed of 290 mph (467 km/h).

Those figures would make the LM2 Streamliner the world's fastest production car. At the moment, however, it remains purely hypothetical. The vehicle is said only to be at prototype stage, and that's what will be on show in New York.

Amongst its other proposed features are a carbon fiber chassis tub and a carbon fiber body that doesn't look quite like anything else. It is at once bulbous and curved, but also sharp and pointy. Its titanium and billet aluminum suspension has Luxury and Sport settings that adjust the ride quality, and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes are employed to keep a lid on things.

Also noteworthy are the planned innards of the LM2. Lyons says the car has the most advanced fully microprocessor-controlled electrical system ever, and that it is built without chassis wiring harnesses, breakers, relays, fuses, buttons, toggle switches or levers. Users will control the vehicle settings via a 16-in touchscreen control center mounted on the dash or via a mobile app on their smartphone.

The LM2 has no door handles, with access provided by touching a capacitive sensor. Wing mirrors have been replaced with cameras that relay video feeds to screens inside the vehicle, and the car's headlights and tail lights are LEDs.

The Lyons Motor Car Streamliner LM2 prototype will be on display at the New York International Auto Show from Apr. 3-12. An all-electric version of the vehicle is also planned.

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