At the hands of Sam Sheehan, Cinch’s motoring and lifestyle editor, the Spartan – a road-going track car powered by a 2.4-liter Honda K24 powerplant – has beaten the all-time lap record of the UK’s Rockingham Speedway’s National Circuit with a time of 1:14.14 – beating the previous record holder, the Palmer Jaguar JP1 which held a time of 1:14.20.
The mid-engined, street-legal Spartan is produced by twins Nick and Peter Pap in Sydney, Australia. Strapped to the K24 engine is a Rotrex supercharger which enables the top specification model to produce 657bhp/metric ton.
Transferring power to the tarmac is a six-speed Quaife sequential or a six-speed Honda manual gearbox, with brakes provided by AP Racing. For enhanced handling the Spartan is fitted with an active suspension system consisting of double wishbones and programmable TracTive ACE dampers.
The Spartan is capable of 0-96km/h in 2.5 seconds and features a top speed of 250km/h. With its optimized aerodynamics, the vehicle can produce approximately 660lb of downforce at 200km/h or 1,030lb at its maximum speed.