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(from Marcos Press
Release) Marcos Engineering Limited (“Marcos”) is pleased
to announce the new Marcos TSO roadcar has made its southern
hemisphere debut in Auckland, New Zealand. The two seat open top
sports car delivers stunning performance with a Grand Touring
capability and a familiar GM drivetrain that make it ideal for New
Zealand motoring enthusiasts
The TSO was unveiled at the grand opening of importer Roger Philips’
LotusCars New Zealand headquarters as part of the Marcos Preview and
Impression Tour – and went on to perform in over 1000km of rallying
and road testing for customers and press.
From the outset, Marcos set out on a customer driven campaign to
develop the TSO as a reliable, easy to drive two-seater convertible,
yet instill it with many of the attributes found in Marcos racing
cars. This has yielded a sports car with exceptional performance and
agility while also being comfortable and subtle for daily urban
The “TSO” or “Omologato” is derived from its racing blood line and
as such delivers an awe inspiring 400 horsepower in a two seat
roadster that weighs just 1090kg. These impressive power to weight
figures enable it to accelerate to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and to
100mph in just 9 seconds. 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 road and 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. The TSO R/T benefits from Marcos
enhancements that increase low end torque for enhanced drivability.
The resultant performance is “ferocious in a straight line, as
demonstrated by its 80-120 km/h time of just 2.2 seconds, which is
quicker than the steroid fed Dodge Viper”, according to NZ Autocar
The TSO 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. Currently, Prodrive has six World Rally
titles and five British Touring Car Championships to their name.
The design team was driven to capture some lines from the 45-year
winning history of the company, yet take the design forward in
precision, quality and style. The resultant design is exceptionally
clean yet aggressive. Lead by Damian McTaggart, formerly the
designer of TVR’s Cerbera, Tuscan and T350, the design team coupled
classic sculpting techniques for real-time feedback with state of
the art CAD techniques for precision and speed.
“The TSO marks the return of the sharp, reliable, high performance
V8 British sports car”, said Tony Stelliga, Chairman of Marcos
Engineering.” It certainly struck a note in New Zealand, a country
with a deep entrepreneurial passion for sports cars and the
birthplace of many motorsport legends including the late Bruce
The entry level TSO is priced at NZD$144,900 and delivers 350HP with
a 5-speed transmission and 17 inch wheels. The TSO R/T is priced at
$159,900 and produces 400HP with a 6-speed transmission and 18 inch
Marcos Engineering has also expanded operations into their new
facility at Prodrive’s Kenilworth site in Warwickshire, England.
This facility provides a 1.5 mile high performance test circuit and
one of the few split low grip surfaces in the UK capable of
simulating driving under slippery road conditions.
The TSO is being showcased at London’s MPH04 Earl’s Court motorshow
from November 18th-21st. Additional information about the TSO can be
obtained at www.lotuscars.net.nz and at www.marcos-eng.com.