The Berkeley brand is ready to return, after 60 years, with British cars, high-performance, classic, accessible, elegant and iconic designs. We owe this to automotive industrial designer Martin Reed and competition engineer Simon Scleater.
Berkeley will begin producing the Bandit, a two-seater sports car, in 2021 at the Old Warden airfield in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England.
The aforementioned Simon Scleater, managing director of the firm, reflected that, in these times, when standards are being challenged by the pandemic and climate change, it is urgent to create vehicles in line with the concerns of our customers and with engineering solutions and quality designs.
Thinking about all this, the Berkeley Bandit, which will be on the market from next April, presents a retro style created by the Lithuanian designer Vladas Trakselis. It is interesting to note that the predecessor of this automobile model was created in 1961, with only two units in existence. This new sports car has two options of coupé body and roadster, which ensures the elegance and sportiness of the original design.
In terms of manufacturing, engineers have created plant-based materials for the chassis and, in addition, several alternative power trains, such as electric propellers, gasoline engines and even fuel cells. Both models feature a six-speed manual gearbox, allowing the Roadster to reach a speed of 96 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The GT will make it three tenths slower because of the 30 kilos it has more than the previous one.
For this new edition, 60 copies will be produced whose prices will fluctuate between 45 thousand and 65 thousand euros.