news_avatarGreat to see Marlin Racing’s Avatar division exhibiting at the recent Autosport show with their new Roadster model, which is offered in fully built guise only.

Enthusiasts seeking a balance of pure performance and affordability from every driving experience now have a fresh alternative from manufacturer Avatar. The Devon-based track and race division of Marlin Sports Cars has developed the 250bhp 2-litre Ford Ecoboost-engined Roadster to offer road and trackday enthusiasts a responsive, involving, lightweight car that offers plenty of scope to adjust and upgrade during ownership.

Underlining an emphasis on performance and commitment to offer the most effective features at this price point, engineers specified in-board adjustable suspension at the rear with Nitron dampers, Quaife LSD, Tilton pedal box and Hi-Spec brakes on the 700kg car.

The Avatar Roadster will also be available in a 350bhp version that uses the 2.3-litre Ford Ecoboost engine from the forthcoming Ford Focus RS and Mustang. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, Avatar’s design team was able to create a custom laser-cut, tubular spaceframe chassis that sits the driver closer to the centreline of the car.

The chassis, manufactured in-house by Marlin is clothed in a sleek composite four-piece bodyshell; front and back sections can be removed in less than 30-seconds. The pleasing aesthetics of the Avatar Roadster have been honed by aero specialist Simon McBeath and confirmed by a string of class wins for the development mule running in the Castle Combe Sports & GT Championship.

Avatar’s back-up and technical support is as just as comprehensive as the Roadster’s specification. A pre-delivery ‘tailored’ session means each car leaves the factory corner-weighted and set-up specific to the buyer’s weight (steady! – Ed), driving preferences and planned use.

An unlimited mileage, three-year warranty, provides further peace of mind while the engine can be serviced at any Ford garage.

Aware that trackday drivers are always keen to find a little more performance, customers can choose from a range of options to tailor the car for more serious track work or even competition.

The Avatar’s modular design means it is possible to specify at time of build or simply upgrade later to the 350bhp 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine, a six-speed gearbox, three-way dampers and stiffer springs, six-pot brakes, race brake pads, semi slick/slick tyre options.

For racers or hardcore trackday drivers, a full roll-cage, six-point harnesses, extinguisher, uprated cooling pack, DL1 data logger and camera, HANS custom seat and race-only aero package are offered from the factory.


Prices for the 2-litre version start at £29,450 inc VAT with the 350bhp 2.3-litre variant, from £35,450 inc VAT.

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