The Avocet sportscar has been quite lately but is now ready to be marketed for sale internationally as a fully developed market-ready product.

MMI, the privately owned automotive enterprise behind the marque, took the very deliberate decision to use the recent past flat market period to advantage, by undertaking substantial development and testing.

MMI founder and managing director, Martin Miles said: “We have done everything we set out to do – and more. The result is that Avocet is now a highly competitive car, which combines a stylish, ultra-lightweight two-seater body with exceptional chassis dynamics and awesome performance and we have achieved that while still retaining our base model price ambition of sub-£30,000.

“But now is also the right time for the project to move on – so that a new owner or leadership, with or without our help, can fast-track its own potential plans for early entry into the market, because we have done all the background work and development already.  Development delays are what typically put product introduction plans behind, when companies are trying to respond quickly to an upturn in the market. The Avocet is ready to go – now.

“Throughout the programme, we have been able to work with a range of people recognised to be at the absolute pinnacle of automotive design and engineering. These include names such as Reynard, Ray Mallock, Trevor White and Colin Spooner, formerly technical director of Lotus Cars. Roush, subsequently Revolve, were involved with the powertrain, while Caterham Technologies has advised us on the build and bill of materials. International designer, and stylist, Mike Reeves of Claydon Reeves has created what is an absolutely stunning looking current car – and has developed some new concept designs already for what the next generation Avocet could look like.”

MMI has completed a pre-production run of the car, which features a doorless, one-piece moulded bodyshell and utilises some of the latest lightweight composite materials to provide strength combined with low weight. The standard car features a steeply raked windscreen, although a very attractive low-line wrap-around aero-screened ‘Spyder’ version is included in the range.

The standard powertrain is a Ford 2-litre engine developing 150bhp. An uprated 225bhp version, developed by Mountune, is a special order option. The project is available for sale as a fully equipped, fully homologated road-going sportscar.

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