1998 Mega Monte Carlo


1998 Mega Monte Carlo

1998 Mega Monte Carlo

Started in 1983, the French Aixam Group started producing two and four wheel vehicles that could be driven without a license. This production evolved into the micro-car market and, in 1992, a motor sport program was started under the new Mega name.

The first production road car from Mega was the Track. It used the Mercedes V12, delivering 394 horsepower to all four wheels. A unique feature of the Track was it’s adjustable ride height. At full height, the car raised it’s clearance from eight to thirteen inches!

Only five examples of the Track were completed, before a new more exciting product would take its place.

The Monte Carlo

Mega decided to join the small group of manufacturers producing exclusive supercars in 1996. Their acquisition of Monte-Carlo Automobile Ltd included plans to build an exclusive super sports car for both the road and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Mega turned to Sera CD, a vehicle engineering Research and Development Company, for design of the Monte Carlo. SERA CD used computer aided design to manufacture the first prototype which included special attention paid to the flat underbody and rear diffuser. Much like the Porsche 917s and F1 cars built by Sera CD, the Monte Carlo was both striking and purpose built.

The first Monte Carlo was displayed at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show. It showcased proven engineering which included a carbon fiber chassis, carbon fibre brakes and a mid-mounted, Mercedes V12 engine. By 1998 a production version was ready with optional carbon brakes and rear wing.

Conclusion

Production of cars such as the Mega Monte Carlo is a rare occurrence. Seldom does a small manufacturer have the resources to develop, market and produce such a complex product, especially against huge conglomerates and global brands. Companies such as Mega, Pagani and Koenigsegg should be recognized not only for their radical design, but for their determination to create exceptional automobiles for such small markets.

Story by Richard Owen for Supercars.net

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineMercedes S600 V12
positionMid-Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement5991 cc / 365.6 in³
bore89.0 mm / 3.5 in
stroke80.3 mm / 3.16 in
compression10.0:1
power294.6 kw / 395 bhp @ 5200 rpm
specific output65.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight263.33 bhp per tonne
torque570 nm / 420.4 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
body / frameCarbon Fibre Body over Carbon Fibre Tub
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tiresF 275/35ZR-18 Michlin Pilot Sport
rear tiresR 345/35ZR-18 Michlin Pilot Sport
front brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
f brake sizex 355 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
r brake sizex 330 mm / x 13.0 in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18.0 x 10.0 in
rear wheelsR 45.7 x 33.0 cm / 18.0 x 13.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Variable Power Asisst
f suspensionDoublr Wishbones
r suspensionDoublr Wishbones
curb weight1500 kg / 3307 lbs
wheelbase2660 mm / 104.7 in
front track1670 mm / 65.7 in
rear track1640 mm / 64.6 in
length4450 mm / 175.2 in
width1990 mm / 78.3 in
height1190 mm / 46.9 in
transmissionZF 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.83:1, 1.72:1, 1.18:1, 0.92:1, 0.77:1, 0.64:1, :1
final drive3.78:1
top speed~300.0 kph / 186.4 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.4 seconds