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Unleashing the raw power of modern design, that’s the new Nichols N1A. The Nichols N1A takes the concept of automotive engineering to a new level while keeping that original old-school flavour. The previous M1A design language has been updated, resulting in an amazing piece of sculpture that demands attention - every panel has been uniquely crafted, showcasing a strikingly aggressive stance that flows seamlessly from the ground-stroking nose to the purposeful tail. The final design of the N1A echoes the iconic MP4/4, a testament to the brilliance of the shared designer. “Having headed the design team at McLaren during arguably their most successful period ever, I’m a McLaren man through and through. With the Nichols N1A I’ve gone back to the very first McLaren for inspiration, combining lots of classic lines with modern engineering for a car of extraordinary performance and presence.” says Steve Nichols - Co-founder and Technical Director Nichols Cars LTD. Steve has plenty experience in these things, the American engineer is best known as a car designer for a host of Formula One teams from the mid-1980s until 2001, and he’s stuck with the automotive industry in loads of ways since. It sort of makes sense that someone with so much experience and an extensive contacts list would end up creating his own line of sports cars.

The Nichols N1A had hours of testing in the MIRA wind tunnel to fine-tune the aerodynamics, so we see minimal inherent lift and optimization of front and rear downforce without compromising the aesthetics. The Nichols N1A is not just about looks and performance; it's about tapping into the essence of driving. In a world of heavily computerized vehicles, the N1A is a breath of fresh air, a raw power-to-weight ratio thanks to weighing in at just 900 kg, but with over 600 hp on tap and an abundance of torque. There’s a rear-to-mid-mount 7.0-litre V8 engine in play, and like most small outfits, it’s a hand-assembled affair. In this case, it’s built by Langford Performance Engineering. The interior is race-inspired, and they call it bespoke, but we would change the steering wheel to something a bit more special, and the OCD in us wouldn’t be able to drive the N1A until someone levels out the speedometer.  The N1A is fully customizable too, reflecting the personal touch of each owner, customers have the opportunity to influence the creative process, resulting in a bespoke masterpiece that caters to their every desire. Endless colour options, materials, finishes, and even custom-designed liveries - the possibilities are as boundless as your imagination. “To celebrate the arrival of the N1A, the first 15 cars will be numbered and badged to celebrate each individual victory of the Steve Nichols-designed McLaren MP4/4 in the hands of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Hold tight for more images of these captivating cars, destined to become cherished collectables.” ends Steve.

Take a look at the YouTube video from Thomas Tyas that details all the cool bits and pieces of the new Nichols Cars N1A that offers up affordable performance in a package with a monstrous 7.0-litre V8 providing up to 650 hp of grunt. This is why bespoke automotive companies rock, they can do whatever they want, especially when the powers that be are thoroughbred car guys: Nichols Cars N1A 2024 | thomas tyas

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