Classic design with modern features come together in a lightweight coupe available as a grand tourer, sportscar or racing car from Dutch duo.
At the beginning of this year we brought you news that Tono and Paul Huet were planning an all-new sportscar. The Dutch brothers had started out organizing tours around Europe in classic cars before branching out with their own HB Special roadster based on an old Triumph TR6. The new HB Coupe, however, is a far more ambitious project. Now progressing towards production, the Huets have sent us new details and images on their blank-sheet sportscar project.
Although it may look like an old-school classic, the HB Coupe is built around a full carbon monocoque chassis like a modern racercar. Instead of the six-cylinder engine originally planned, the Huet Brothers have switched to a 2.0-liter four in order to trim some 200 kg from the curb weight and improve fuel efficiency while delivering the same level of performance. The HB Coupe will be offered in three levels of tune: Classic, Road Racer and Race. The touring-oriented Classic and more hardcore Road Racer models pack just 170 horsepower, but with a projected 800kg curb weight, is tipped to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in less than four seconds.
An independent double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link setup in the rear are designed to keep the handling tight, while 290mm ventilated front brake discs and 280mm discs in the rear keep everything in check. The Race model, however, upgrades with a Cosworth-tuned 255 horsepower for a sub-four-second 0-62 time and comes with a full roll cage, safety fuel cell and fully customizable setup. It remains confined, however, to the race circuit and will not be certified for road use. Buyers putting down their deposit on a first come, first served basis can choose from a wide variety of options.
The interior features a body-matching dashboard (that can be trimmed in oak, bamboo, aluminum or carbon fiber as an option) and handcrafted leather in black or cream (with further choices available at extra cost), full climate control , heated seats and a touchscreen entertainment system. A full suite of safety features is also included to make this classic machine as safe as the newest cars on the road. This best-of-both-worlds approach, however, doesn't come without its costs: the 170hp Classic and Road Racer models start at €67,800 with pricing for the Race model beginning at €78,500. Only 40 examples will be built, however, so interested parties had best inquire post-haste.