Date:27 January 2014
Featuring an impressive power-to-weight ratio, remarkable handling (think cornering forces of over 2G) and cutting-edge design, the open-cockpit Magnum MK5 is the first creation from the Canadian manufacturer to hit the international track-day car market, wedging itself between expensive supercars and track-day cars. It’s the brainchild of Bruno St-Jacques, son of the company’s founder and himself a successful race car driver.
It’s also a class act. Think CNC-machined aluminium levers, race-inspired carbon fibre seats, 6-point racing harnesses, GPS-enabled lap timer, removable suede-wrapped steering wheel, rear-view camera and monitor, and a limited-slip differential. As the company tells it, the Magnum MK5’s “speedster” styling is perfect for both the thrills of track days and “Sunday drives through mountain roads”.
Those drives are likely to be vigorous, though: at the heart of the Magnum MK5 is a 186 kW mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine that spins quite happily up to the 11 000 r/min red line. The 0-100 km/h sprint is accomplished in a breathless 3,2 seconds, and the car maxes out at 240 km/h.