Saker Sports Cars
Saker Sports Cars is an automobile manufacturer based in New Zealand, founded in 1989. The company’s name comes from a bird of prey that is found in the Middle East and Central Asia. The first Saker, the SV1, was designed and built by Bruce Turnbull.
The SV1 was built in a limited number. It had a steel space-frame chassis, a fiberglass body, used a variety of V-6 and V-8 mid-mounted engines and a five-speed transaxle.
In 1999, two other models were produced, the Saker SVS GT (coupe) and SVS Sprint (convertible). These models used a flat-four or six-cylinder engine, respectively — mostly the Subaru Impreza WRX turbo four.
These models are produced under license in the Netherlands and also in Europe as race-only models since 2005. Since 2010, Saker Europe produced a new body style for the GT and Sprint, naming them the RapX and Sniper.
Possibly three race-only Saker GTs have been produced under license in the USA and one road-legal SVS was imported from New Zealand in 2004. Originally the imported SVS used a Lexus 4.0-L V-8, but since was modified to use a Chevy LS6 5.7-L engine producing around 500 hp.
Image Caption: Saker GT. Credit: Overlaet/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)