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Historic Minerva Auto Returns with J.M. Brabazon Hypercar

Jeff Perez
July 2, 2013

Here’s a little lesson in automotive history; on October 15th, 1897, a man named Sylvain De Jong founded the Belgian automaker known as Minerva. Rightfully named after the Roman Goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts and defense.

After a relatively successful run in the market near the beginning of the 20th century, the brand went defunct in 1956, and has had a 57 year absence from the automotive scene since then. Now though, the Minerva name is back on the market, and with a brand new hypercar of sorts.

The J.M. Brabazon- said to be named after a famous British racing driver, comes with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a streamlined new design reminiscent of many modern-day sportscars.

JM Brabazon 2
JM Brabazon 2

Under the hood, the supercar sports a robust twin-turbocharged V12 capable of top speeds somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 km/h (248 mph). The car is set to feature a sequential transmission, a regenerative braking system and five different driving modes: Normal, Economy, Sport, Race and Safe.

Minerva hasn’t announced when the Brabazon will go on sale just yet, but expect to see it on display by the end of the year.

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