I was speaking with Vortex Automotive boss, Chris Greville-Smith recently about his new V2 model and he was telling me that the new demonstrator currently under construction, shares just visual similarities with the vivid orange prototype seen testing and at Stoneleigh for the last couple of years.

Not one panel is shared between the two cars with the chassis now being shorter, narrower and lower, a wider track with longer wishbones and new track arms, while the body features more sculpted sides. LED front indicators now grace the front of the car and are an option for the rear bodywork.

Pictured outside at Newark show last weekend was the Vortex V2 prototype, which offers exo-skeletal appeal to those that prefer a bit of bodywork

Moving to the interior the centre transmission tunnel is now made from GRP rather than aluminium and padded arm rests have also been added.

Preferred engine choice remains the 2-litre EcoBoost, although naturally-aspirated GDI version and Duratec HE are options. Using the former, kicking out a cool 280bhp means a DIY build figure of around £16,000.

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Visual similarities between V2 prototype and the first production version currently being built are obvious but the two don't share any panels. Power comes from a potent Ford EcoBoost 2-litre delivering 280bhp