The Search for a Forgotten Connaught Type D Syracuse GT and its Tiny V10 Engine

Resurrection stories are surfacing often in the watch industry. Throughout the long term we’ve seen Czapek , Airain , Vertex , and one might say A. Lange & Söhne come back to life. The vehicle industry is comparable, so occasionally, yearning plans are announced to bring a renowned maker resurrected. Today’s episode of Petrolhead Corner is around one of those ventures, what begins with a DriveTribe article covering a tragically missing prototype vehicle conveying an exceptional motor! That underlying story leads to a long quest for that very vehicle, and with progress! The vehicle being referred to? A Connaught Type D Syracuse GT.

Mike Fernie is Head of Video for DriveTribe and one of their most productive patrons sharing a wide scope of stories and videos on the site and YouTube channel. Maybe you recollect our new inclusion of the GMA T.50, the otherworldly replacement to the legendary McLaren F1, in where he interviewed Gordon Murray? For this Petrolhead Corner episode, by and by we’ll be taking a gander at something unusual.

I think for the vast majority of us, Connaught is certainly not a very notable name, however maybe some seasoned Formula 1 fans and antiquarians may remember it. Connaught was a British race vehicle producer which was exceptionally dynamic during the 1950s, predominantly in open-wheel hustling. They ran in Formula 2 and Formula 1 consistently and it was one of those run of the mill British makers attempting to have an effect in hustling. With a sum of 52 beginnings in both Formula 1 and 2, they achieved 1 podium finish, so any reasonable person would agree the effect was fairly limited. There isn’t all that amount data on them, yet this article on Grand Prix History has a serious pleasant synopsis of their endeavours.

Not to dwell in the past for a really long time, the Connaught Type D Syracuse GT was introduced in 2004 trying to revive a previous British hustling group. In games vehicles and supercars, V8’s are ubiquitous and in comparison to a V10, even a 12-cylinder motor appears to be very common. The V10 powered games and supercars that most likely come to mind are the Dodge/Chrysler Viper, Audi R8 V10, Porsche Carrera GT and perhaps a couple of others, however the rundown is fairly short. The huge difference between those vehicles and this Connaught Type D Syracuse GT’s motor is its displacement. Where the majority of the ten-cylinder motors are normally a lot bigger in size, up to 8.3 liters for the Dodge/Chrysler Viper, the idea was to build a V10 with just 2.0 liters of limit, however make it supercharged!

Not just was the size of the motor strange, yet additionally the organization for the motor as the banks of cylinders are positioned at a once in a while seen restricted point of 22.5 degrees. The more normal development of a V-shaped motor is with two banks of cylinders placed at a point of around 70 degrees. Why that matters is explained later on in the videos included in this article. The presentation of the vehicle was very encouraging, particularly considering it was fabricated 15 years prior. The vehicle weighed under 1,000 kilos, and with 300 drive on tap from that supercharged V10, it would require a little more than 4 seconds to hit 100kph (62mph) and top out near 275kph (170mph). It featured a distinct looking, hand-constructed aluminum body, bespoke inside (exceptionally run of the mill style for that time) and there were even designs for a hybrid powertrain. Sadly, as funds ran dry, it wasn’t intended to be.

Back in 2017, Mike Fernie composed an article on DriveTribe about this forgotten British games vehicle really taking shape, which wasn’t intended to be. A couple of more years down the road, the vehicle is indeed featured on their channel, this time through YouTube:

The video from May this year had fans and adherents attaching to get the vehicle ‘rediscovered’. A month’s long quest for the tragically missing Connaught Type D Syracuse GT ensued, with a famous glad end as they managed to find the vehicle. As it turned out, possession is currently with another person and besides the underlying show vehicle, various motors and skeleton are as yet in good enough scratch to be used in a finished car.

Six months after that first video on the Connaught, a subsequent video was released where they really rediscovered the vehicle. The Connaught name is presently owned by a test vehicle design company, and despite the fact that nothing is being done with the brand and vehicles, the prototype is as yet complete! One of the men behind the revival project is interviewed about his inclusion and the plans with the Type D Syracuse GT and one of those small V10’s is fired up as well, though it on a testbed without appropriate debilitates or cooling gear, so the sound is not even close to perfect.

All in every one of, this makes for an entrancing story and some fascinating film on a very uncommon vehicle and motor. Who can say for sure what would have happened on the off chance that they had managed to put this thing on the road! Eventually, as Tim Bishop makes reference to in the video, they ran out of cash. It tends to happen to projects this way and it takes a ton of dedication, hard work and deep pockets to pull something like this off in any case! Just a handful of brands at any point make it past the design stage, and much less proceed onward from prototype to real driveable road vehicle. Thus, basically, the majority of these undertakings never outperform the fume product status, as it is comically known in the Petrolhead community. Allegedly some new cash is being poured into the Connaught Type D Syracuse GT and it is headed to a second life on the road all things considered.

For more data on this fairly extraordinary Connaught, I propose heading to DriveTribe and look at the videos in the article.