Who Just Spent $24 Million To Build A Mysterious Supercar?

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The British company Prodrive just secured a record $24 million contract for making supercar composite body structures and trim for "one of the world’s most prestigious vehicle manufacturers." Problem is, I don't know who would that be, although I have my guesses.


Most of you know Prodrive for building winning rally winning rally cars, but their Milton Keynes factory is also one of the leading forces behind composite development. They make magic with carbon fiber and had to increase their factory’s floor area to more than 32,000 sq ft after winning contracts for three British luxury brands last year.

They have also proven before that Prodrive can very much build a car on its own:

Still, lately it's mostly been about motorsports and making high quality components for both the automotive and the aerospace industry. And when it comes the the now contract, this is all they tell:

“Our long term relationship with this customer and successful track record of high component quality, technical support and reliable delivery timing has led to our selection as a key technology partner.”

Since Subaru is not building a supercar as far as I know (and McLaren, Pagani, Koenigsegg, Porsche and Ferrari have their own sources of materials) and Prodrive helped Aston Martin with their GT3 racecars, I'm guessing they are the ones getting carbon tubs and other bits for a future model.


Perhaps a successor to the One-77? You tell me!


Wait a second.

David Richards is co-founder and Chairman/CEO at Prodrive. He is also Chairman at Aston Martin. Is this a conflict of interest if his company awards his other company a contract? Granted it's (relatively) small in award amount and about a third of his estimated net worth ($75M) but can any of our Jalop lawyers comment on the legality of this?

Also, my money is on Bentley for something new and BMW needs more CF for the i8 and i3.