Minerva releases first photos with its V12-powered JM Brabazon hybrid supercar

Article by Christian A., on July 2, 2013

The recently revived Belgian carmaker Minerva announced the first details of its upcoming supercar, the J.M. Brabazon. For those who don’t know, the car is named after a British racing driver and features a carbon Kevlar body, a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and an impressive design.

As you can see from the photos, the J.M. Brabazon comes with LED headlights, an interesting front and with a front bumper that features big air inlets, superb side design featuring a new set of air inlets and a stylish rear end which comes with a rear spoiler, air diffuser and dual exhaust system.

Under the hood there is a twin-turbo V12 engine but the supercar also comes with two electric motors that power the front wheels. Still, Minerva did not release any specs of the J.M. Brabazon supercar, but we do know that it features a sequential transmission, a limited slip differential, regenerative brakes and five different driving modes (economy, normal, sport, race, safe). Top speed is expected to be in excess of 400 km/h or 248 mph.

The new Minerva J.M. Brabazon was named after Lord of Tara John Moore Brabazon, who wasn’t just a race car driver for the early Minerva company, but also serves as a committee board member. With an exterior slightly similar in appearance to an Audi R8, the J.M. Brabazon rides on a set of 19-inch wheels on the front axle and 20-inch wheel on the rear.

Minerva was a well-known Belgian luxury carmaker founded in 1897 and build automobiles from 1902 to 1938. It ultimately became defunct in 1956. Settling in Antwerp, Belgium, Dutchman Sylvain de Jong established Minerva in 1897, but the company’s initial operations involved the manufacture of only standard safety bicycles. The company then expanded its manufacturing operations to including light cars and motocyclettes, which are essentially motorized bicycles.

In 1902, Minerva started producing cars, featuring a four-cylinder engine producing 6 horsepower. De Jong then founded Societe Anonyme Minerva Motors in Berchem (Antwerp) in 1903 and the company commenced volume car production the next year. From there, Minerva focused more on car production. Development and production of the motorized bicycles and motorcycles continued until around 1909 or 1914. At the time, Minerva is considered as one of the premier names in motorcycles and motorcycle engines in the world.

During the financial crisis of the 1930s, Minerva underwent restructuring as Societe Nouvelle Minerva, and then merged with Belgian carmaker Imperia in 1934. Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, a group of businessmen from Verviers bought out Minerva. After the war, Minerva produced a version of the Land Rover 80 until 1954. A dispute broke occurred between Land Rover and Minerva, resulting to a court case as well as to the eventual termination of the partnership and license arrangement. After this, Minerva fought to survive but soon became defunct in 1957.

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