Al Melling Sports Cars starts production

in Business · 13-03-2010 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Car enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Al Melling Sports Cars will soon be producing their Wild Cat model at the Algarve Motorpark’s Technological Park.

Al Melling has been involved in the motorsport industry since 1964 and is regarded by many as Britain’s most prolific engine designer, best known for his TWR V12 engine that helped Jaguar win Le Mans four years on the trot, for being the designer of TVR’s own V8 engine and for being a Formula 1 consultant for over 20 years.
Having sold his company, Al Melling Sports Cars, to Dillys Wilkinson since the passing of his wife last year, Al Melling is now working in conjunction with Mrs Wilkinson in the production of the Melling Wildcat, a high performance roadster. The factory within the Algarve Motorpark’s Technological Park will employ around sixty people for the production of both kit cars and complete models.
The Wildcat will cost between €40,000 and €45,000, equipped with a 500bhp engine, although buyers will be given a choice of engine, with the kit models costing between €18,000 and €21,000. The bodywork of the vehicle is easily changed as it is only held down by four screws, implying that the whole body can be changed in a matter of hours. This feature also allows easy access for mechanics, who never need to go underneath the car to work on the engine.
“Buyers can choose the engine they want and all sorts of other features, although it comes as standard with a 4.5 litre Melling V8 engine” said Mr Melling, adding “these cars are very easy to build as they have practically no electronic equipment, they are pure mechanical machines built for the pleasure of driving.”
In conjunction with the Wildcat production, the factory will also be working on the Hellcat project, a supercar looking to beat the land speed world record for a production vehicle, with an outrageous 1,400bhp engine powering the vehicle. Al Melling is also involved in an electric car project.


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