0 years, 10 months 2 years, 0 months 0 years, 4 months
£19500 £25000 £16000
385 hours 1200 hours 150 hours
Easy to build, excellent factory back up, a real buzz to drive!
No problems with the build, although the manual is due an update. All supplied parts top quality - everthing fitted as it should. Came in on budget as well, even when using brand new running gear. Which was nice..
The build was fairly easy although having had a mechanical background certainly helped.But i felt the build manual could have been better.But now the car is on the road i am very happy with the cars overall performance and driveablity and would build one again.
one of the best kits on the market - very good ' english style' support
for build problems and perfect quality
of all parts delivered
first GTM Libra sold outside the UK.
First LHD libra made by GTM.
very well designed kit (top 3), very good support from the GTM crew.
build diary on www.elcova.be and goto passions.
It would be a lttle unfair to qutoe the build time as my car is the black, V6-powered, Libra in your photograph. The car was factory built (it was the prototype V6 - way beyond my capabilities to build it!), using all new parts, which explains the build cost I've quoted - this also includes GTM's labour costs which are pretty reasonable.
The car itself is absolutely brilliant. A BMW salesman drove it recently, then had a 2.8 litre BMW Z3 for a couple of days, and reckoned that the Libra was the (slightly) better car. While the 4 cylinder cars are very fast (135 -140 mph, and 0-60 in around 6 seconds), the V6 engine transforms the car into something really rather special. The effortless low-to-mid-range torque produces a car with almost schizophrenic abilities - a gentle amble can be replaced by stunning acceleration with modest pressure on the 'go' pedal. Fuel consumption averages 34mpg over reasonable distance - around town it's less, depending on how many times you blast-off from traffic lights!
As the protoype car, we've carried out some moderately serious tests (at suitable tracks or proving grounds). The car will red-line in fifth gear, which works out at 150-155 mph at which speed the car is impressively stable. Much harder to get a 0-60 time, but it's no more than 5 seconds and possibly a fraction less.
I use the car as my everyday transport, and the reliability and precticality are impressive. There's much more usable luggage space than either the MG-F or the Lotus Elise, and the cabin's more spacious than either of them as well.
The V6 is available for demonstration drives - please contact the factory or me as the e-maill address shown.