The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
12/20/21 8:42 a.m.

Story by Tara Hurlin

Cobra Daytona coupe? No, too small. The nose and grille are a bit tall for a Marcos, though the rear haunches bear a resemblance. The snout exhibits Jaguar traits, but with a Bugatti- or Morgan-esque mouth. Circling to the rear, potential Ferrari styling cues appear. 

So what is it? It’s the Cardinal Coupe, a new, …

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msterbeau
msterbeau New Reader
12/20/21 12:34 p.m.

I talked to a couple of the guys at their both at PRI.  I think the basics are a great start.  From my perspective as an auto designer it needs some refinement of the design and surfacing to really be a home run.  

BA5
BA5 GRM+ Memberand Reader
12/20/21 1:49 p.m.
msterbeau said:

I talked to a couple of the guys at their both at PRI.  I think the basics are a great start.  From my perspective as an auto designer it needs some refinement of the design and surfacing to really be a home run.  

I'm pretty good with the whole thing except the grill. Kind of incongruous with the styling of the rest of the body.

jimbbski
jimbbski SuperDork
12/20/21 3:51 p.m.

Seen it on a video and was interested until I saw the body.  As fast as it is I still want to drive something that is good looking and sadly I don't like it. It is shaped similar to a Cobra Daytona coupe but the Daytona coupe looks night and day better. 

msterbeau
msterbeau New Reader
12/20/21 7:21 p.m.

In reply to BA5 :

The surfaces are just kind of crude compared to something developed in a studio by professionals.  Granted - What we're seeing so far is built on early tooling that doesn't reflect the final production model so there is supposed to be some refinement for the cars that get into customer hands.  I'm not expecting a huge improvement but it should be somewhat better.

Yeah, the grill is... a curious choice.  

Chazooo
Chazooo New Reader
2/14/22 5:24 p.m.

Sounds like an awesome and relatively low-cost way to get your jollies.  The critical comments about the looks, etc. are really unfair IMO.  As one who grew up with the basic Devin body kits that looked cool but were tons of labor to become race cars, you knew there was no way that they could be reliable and street legal.  Hats off to the Fields folks!  yes

jb229
jb229 New Reader
2/15/22 4:35 a.m.

I love how it looks, it clearly takes a lot of influence from 60s classic road racers and combines them well.

Except for the grill.  If they can do a different grill it'd be pretty much a perfect track car.  Just don't like that grill style to begin with and it looks out of place since even back in the 60s it looked dated.  60s design cues and a 40s english grill, I guess?

Greg Smith (Forum Supporter)
Greg Smith (Forum Supporter) Dork
2/15/22 11:07 a.m.

Honestly, the grill is kind of cool - but is really clashes with the far more modern looking lights. Maybe if they had a similar chrome trim band around their edges or something? 

I think it's less the "old grill" and more that clash between old and new that makes it seem out of place. 

jerel77494
jerel77494 New Reader
2/15/22 4:44 p.m.

Wonder what a properly set up Excocet or 818 would cost by comparison.  I'd rather go with one of those, but that's just me.

te72
te72 Reader
2/15/22 11:14 p.m.

In reply to jerel77494 :

I'm somewhere in the neighborhood of $20k into Project Princess Kart, the Exocet in the garage. Does it "need" anything? No, it's a blast, as is. Could it use a full suspension refresh and some more finesse with the setup? Absolutely, and it would make it an autocross monster. It's already surprisingly fast at regional events. Suspension sorting would put it very near the top, I suspect, on street tires. Throw some A7's at it, and who knows.

 

Figure whatever said suspension costs, then your drivetrain of choice to suit power goals (stock is perfectly fine for autocross, but I suspect this thing will run out of steam by the time 100mph approaches), and there's your math. Some back of the napkin accounting would put you in a rough ballpark of 35-40k to have a sorted 300hp Exocet.

 

Mine's only 1600 lbs though... Race chassis with most of the stuff it needs to be street legal around here. My "tinkerer's" goal is to see if I can get it below 1400 lbs with some very selective component choices. I have my work cut out for me.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/16/22 7:27 a.m.

I really like that. I see some Alfa, jag and Ferrari in it. The aero on that car is really cool and dictated the shape of the nose keeping it from getting light at high speed. It results in a different look to the nose that some may find jarring. I quite like it. I really like it.  Looks to be a very well executed car.  

350z247
350z247 Reader
2/24/22 3:03 p.m.

I know looks shouldn't matter, but they do. I just can't get over how ugly it is from literally every angle. The new M4 is atleast only ugly from the front.

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