2015 Lucra LC470
It was a bit of kismet that the same month we drove the Caterham 620 R, we drove the Lucra LC470. On the first pass there are plenty of similarities: both were dreamed up by one man with a particular vision of lightweight driving enjoyment, both are reminders of mid-twentieth-century design, both have spartan interiors, both will make loud noises and throw down when the accelerator gets a wallop.
Yet there is more than one substantial difference. The 1,200-pound Caterham tops out with a supercharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower that howls like an angry kelpie under the whip, where the 2,000-pound Lucra is just getting started with a 450-hp, LS3 V8, and roars like Zeus through large rectangular sidepipes.
Lucra creator Luke Richards is from Southern California but grew up in England, which is how you get the mash-up of a curvaceous and feathery European body propelled by high-horsepower iron – or in this case, aluminum. That body is made entirely of three-layer carbon fiber. The monocoque weighs 130 pounds and is riveted to a laser-cut, tube-framed chassis, then laid up with more CF underneath to fully enclose the tubes. In the best tradition of English roadsters with minimal protection from the elements – a greater test of character in Ye Olde than Orange County – the Lucra doesn't come with windows but you can order a set of Lexan inserts. Source