2005 Marcos TSO GT

2005 Marcos TSO GT

2005 Marcos TSO GT

Adelaide, Australia, 19th March 2005 – Marcos is pleased to announce the new Marcos TSO GT coupe sports car is making its world debut today in South Australia at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide motor race. The TSO GT ran pre-race laps before a crowd estimated at over 250,000 race fans. It will now embark on a 2800 Kilometer test and evaluation program as the newley established the business, Marcos Australia, prepare the car for their local marketplace. The two seat coupe sports car delivers stunning performance with a Grand Touring capability and a familiar GM V8 powertrain.

The design team was driven to capture styling cues from the 45-year winning history of the company. This includes Sir Jackie Stewarts first winning race car in 1959 – the Gullwing coupe, and the nineties British GT championship race car – the famed LM600. The TSO GT brings these classic coupes forward in precision, quality and style. This effort has produced a distinctly British sports car with classic lines and a stunning exhaust note. The design team coupled classic sculpting techniques for real-time feedback with state of the art CAD techniques for precision and speed.

The coupe’s racing bloodline is also visible in its performance figures. The TSO GT delivers an awe inspiring 400 horsepower in a lightweight sports car that weighs just under 1100kg. These impressive power to weight figures enable it to accelerate to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds and to 100mph in just over 9 seconds. The GT will accelerate from 50 to 70 mph in just over 2 seconds and its top speed is estimated to be over 185 mph.

Power is provided by a 5.7 Litre V8 Engine derived from the same GM powerplant used in Corvette and Holden race cars worldwide. This engine has also taken Marcos racecars to numerous motorsport wins over the last decade, including winning the British GT Series Championship. This Aluminium Alloy engine is extremely reliable, lightweight and compact and further benefits from Marcos enhancements that increase drivability.

The TSO GT provides driving agility and impressive road holding due to extensive chassis development and testing under a partnership with Prodrive – a recognized leader in chassis dynamics, vehicle dynamic systems and powertrains in Australia and world wide. Currently, Prodrive has six World Rally titles and five British Touring Car Championships to their name.

Story by Marcos Engineering Limited

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine GM V8
displacement 5700 cc / 347.8 in³
power 298.3 kw / 400 bhp
specific output 70.18 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 363.64 bhp per tonne
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
curb weight 1100 kg / 2425 lbs
gear ratios :1
top speed ~297.7 kph / 185.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~z seconds
0 – 100 mph ~9.1 seconds