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The Felino cB7: Canada's newest supercar

The Felino cB7: Canada's newes...
The Felino cB7 is aimed at the international market
The Felino cB7 is aimed at the international market
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Unveiling the Felino cB7
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Unveiling the Felino cB7
The Felino cB7 will undergo road and track tests this year
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The Felino cB7 will undergo road and track tests this year
Two more concepts are scheduled before production begins on the Felino cB7
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Two more concepts are scheduled before production begins on the Felino cB7
Front view of the Felino cB7
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Front view of the Felino cB7
The Felino cB7 has a V8 engine
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The Felino cB7 has a V8 engine
Felino calls the cB7 a second-generation prototype
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Felino calls the cB7 a second-generation prototype
The Felino cB7 will be built in Quebec
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The Felino cB7 will be built in Quebec
The Felino cB7 is aimed at the international market
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The Felino cB7 is aimed at the international market
The performance of the Felino cB7 will be revealed after track tests are completed
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The performance of the Felino cB7 will be revealed after track tests are completed
The Felino cB7 has a tubular frame chassis
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The Felino cB7 has a tubular frame chassis
The Felino cB7 has a caarbon fiber body
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The Felino cB7 has a caarbon fiber body
The Felino cB7 is the result of four years of design work
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The Felino cB7 is the result of four years of design work
The Felino cB7 does 525 bhp (391 kW)
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The Felino cB7 does 525 bhp (391 kW)
The Felino cB7 side view
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The Felino cB7 side view
The Felino cB7 is priced under US$100,000
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The Felino cB7 is priced under US$100,000
The Felino cB7 has racing seats with six-point harnesses
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The Felino cB7 has racing seats with six-point harnesses
The Felino cB7 has aluminum alloy wheels
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The Felino cB7 has aluminum alloy wheels
The Felino cB7 on the track
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The Felino cB7 on the track
The Felino cB7 has double-wishbone suspension
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The Felino cB7 has double-wishbone suspension
The Felino cB7 goes into production in 2015
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The Felino cB7 goes into production in 2015
The Felino cB7 front view
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The Felino cB7 front view
The Felino cB7 is potentially road legal
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The Felino cB7 is potentially road legal
Felino cB7 wheel detail
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Felino cB7 wheel detail
The Felino cB7 bonnet view
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The Felino cB7 bonnet view
The Felino cB7 will be offered in limited numbers in Canada
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The Felino cB7 will be offered in limited numbers in Canada
The Felino cB7 has integrated wings
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The Felino cB7 has integrated wings
The Felino cB7 is mid-forward engined
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The Felino cB7 is mid-forward engined
The Felino cB7 was unveiled last month
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The Felino cB7 was unveiled last month
The Felino cB7 has a six-speed manual, optional sequential gearbox
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The Felino cB7 has a six-speed manual, optional sequential gearbox
Felino cB7 rear view
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Felino cB7 rear view
Felino cB7 side view
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Felino cB7 side view
Felino CEO Antoine Bessette
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Felino CEO Antoine Bessette
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North America may be in the grip of a brutal winter, but Canada is trying to bring in some heat with a homegrown supercar. At this year’s Salon International de Montréal, the Felino Corporation unveiled its Felino cB7 – a high-performance two-seater for the track that’s potentially street legal. Led by CEO and Canadian champion race driver Antoine Bessette, it marks the culmination of a four-year effort to bring a supercar out of Quebec.

Since the Felino Corporation was founded, it was known mostly for organizing corporate events, conducting advanced driving classes, and coaching top-level race drivers. But In 2010, it turned its efforts towards creating concept cars aimed at the track-day crowd. Building on lessons learned from a four-cylinder prototype that began testing in 2012 on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and other locations, the cB7 is Felino’s try at upping the ante a bit.

Billed as a second-generation prototype, the rear-wheel drive, mid-forward engined cB7 has an improved tubular frame chassis wrapped with composites. With a wheelbase of 2,451 mm (96.4 in), its 1,135 kg (2,502 lb) curb weight is distributed in a 50/50 ratio between front and back.

The Felino cB7 bonnet view
The Felino cB7 bonnet view

The body is made of composites with carbon-fiber panels, the wings are integrated into the bodywork, and there are HID performance headlamps. As far as style goes in that composite shell, it carries an air of aggressive, almost vicious fantasy. With flaring wings and a peculiarly high passenger cab, from some angles the cB7 looks like it’s all vents, air scoops, and through lines with a car slipped inside afterwards.

Under the bonnet is a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a cast aluminum engine block punching 525 bhp (391 kW) and 489 ft-lb (663 Nm) of torque. According to Felino, a four and six-cylinder version are also available. Backing this up is a six-speed manual, optional sequential gearbox. As to performance, the company says that those numbers won’t be available until tests are completed later this year.

The cB7 has independent, double-wishbone cast aluminum front and rear suspension with adjustable spring and compression rate. The aluminum alloy wheels have six-piston caliper front brakes and there are four-piston calipers in the rear.

Felino cB7 side view
Felino cB7 side view

Since this is primarily a track car, it isn't surprising that the cB7 features molded carbon fiber seats with six-point harnesses. There’s also a removable quick-steering wheel, the carbon-fiber dash has an on-board data acquisition system, and Felino also offers optional race suit cooling.

Felino says that the cB7 is aimed at the international market, but will also sell a limited number in Canada. The company is still finalizing some design details and will build two more concepts before production models start to roll out sometime in 2015. There are also plans for a possible electric car down the road.

Though the final price has yet to be determined, the Felino cB7 will be offered at under US$100,000.

Source: Felino via Top Gear

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10 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really nice. It is neat that it is also from Canada.
I hope either Top Gear or Top Gear America has it on their show. It would be nice to see it on the track.
Jay Finke
I said well OK to the front, but when I seen the back view of this car, I threw up in my mouth a little bit. WOW ! was this styled after the batmobile ?
Lsaguy
Amazing! They have managed to produce an automobile that has not a single view that isn't ugly and ungainly. I looked at every picture hoping to find some aspect of the styling that was in some way redeeming, but nope, there isn't one. I can't even remember a Hot Wheels that was so unbecoming.
Arf
OK, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I'm beholding that thing and have no beauty whatsoever in my eye. That rear view is a critical mass of ugly. Woof!
Robert Meurant
the shape is reminiscent of an early Bugatti...1957 SC Atlantic in particular.
Biggiginthesky
Guys ... like really? You spend the big bucks to put this amazing machine together. I love you and admire for that. Did it have to look like that? ... feel like your design department its not a design department. A cross between the Audi R8 and the BMW Z series? put together by a Batman fan... and we pick up the worst aspects of it? ... First one goes for the looks then for character ... its gotta be pretty otherwise it wont fly, simple as that. Ahhh ... its painful ... what a waste ... the mean look its OK, but its gotta mean business as well "Bite no bark" type deal. Big mouth with tail between legs look? ... we totally forgot beauty as a society ... this is what we get. Sorry. Had to vent.
Biggiginthesky
It could be reminiscent of the Bugatti ...1957 SC Atlantic http://indulgy.com/post/OjsznxWDD1/bugatti-atlantic which is considered by some to be the one of the most elegant of all designs ... which its reminiscent of the Talbot-Lago t150 c http://www.picsauto.com/imgs/27343-talbot-lago-t150-c/7/ "The most elegant of all cars" ... but the intention didn't pass the "Designer's" mind, the designer couldn't come forward with it, guess he never understood the inspiration to start with. Sorry it didn't happen.
The Skud
Has some hints of Bugatti and Sunbeam Talbot, but what else can you do with a mid-mounted or pushed-back engine? You MUST end up with a long bonnet and rear passenger cabin! I really don't mind that rear view. but if it gets legally on the road, vision behind for parking and lane changing could be problematic, a camera somewhere linked to the mirror(s) would be essential. Perhaps by production versions they will give us a 8-speed gearbox? They are appearing all over in 2014 models. And what about a hybrid version with 2 a pair of those Nissan tiny 400 HP motors? One keeping up the batteries for "normal" driving / cruising (FWD), the other cutting in when needed for the extra power (4WD).
blujay
The chassis maybe an engineering wonder but the body is an unfortunate exercise in ugly. Call Italy or even England for a stylist, send your stylers off to the backbacon factory.
b@man
Tacky