There’s a new automaker in Britain, and it’s called Ant-Kahn. While the name might sound odd and completely unfamiliar, the people who are running the show for the startup are veterans in the industry. Sports carmaker Evanta has teamed up with A. Kahn Design, an automotive tuning shop, to form the new car company.
Don’t expect to see the new automaker churning out vehicles in a mad dash to out-muscle Toyota from its commanding retail sales perch. Instead, it will be focusing on specialty vehicle manufacturing, or in other words honing in on the coachbuilder and high-end sports car markets.
The new firm isn’t letting the grass grow under its feet. It has already started working on multiple projects. The first is a bid to turn out a long-nose format for the Land Rover Defender, which will be called the Flying Huntsman (pictured above.) Under the expanded hood will sit a GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. It will send power to all four wheels thanks to a six-speed automatic transmission that will be controlled with push buttons instead of a regular selector lever.
Another project is a retro-inspired sports car that pays tribute to the barchetta. The reveal of the new model will take place during the 2014 Goodwood Revival, which will be held in September. Only 20 units will be made, with production firing up in the fall. The car will also be powered by an LS3. Performance should be thrilling, thanks to a body made of Kevlar and various composites, plus a tubular frame chassis.
A third project involves a coachbuilt car that is based on one of the modern Aston Martin models. Details for this project are scarce, but it is supposed to have a more aggressive look than modern Aston Martin cars.