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New Danish sports car on the horizon

Two-seater roadster is expected to be ready in 2017

The Agile is built on a Lotus Elise platform (photo: IFCAR)
February 22nd, 2016 12:15 pm| by Christian W
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A group of people from the Danish business industry have decided to team up and construct a new Danish sports car.

The two-seater roadster, named Agile, will have 400-450 horsepower under its hood and is expected to be ready to roll off the assembly line sometime in 2017.

“As the name suggests, it is a light and athletic car,” Tim M Hansen, the technical head of Agile Automotive – the company (based in Ødis, Jutland) behind the concept – told Ekstra Bladet tabloid.

“I have a background as a mechanic and an engineer and here I can unite both areas. We want to make something different and we hope people will give it a chance.”

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Lotus a lá Danois
The roadster builds on a platform from an English-made Lotus Elise, which has been optimised and added to a Danish-designed chassis comprised of a super-light, strong carbon fibre composite.

The four-cylinder 1.6-litre Toyota motor that Lotus normally uses has been upgraded to a 3.5-litre V6 engine equipped with a Danish motor control and power supply, as well as a compressor from the Danish company Rotrex.

The design also strives to be Danish. Two teams in Copenhagen and Kolding are competing to submit the final design, which aims to draw inspiration from Danish design, architecture and furniture.

The car is expected to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hour in under 3 seconds, have a top speed of 300 km/hour and will be tested by professional drivers sometime during 2016.

The street version of the car is expected to cost about 700,000 kroner plus tax and registration fees – somewhere just shy of 2 million kroner.