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V2 News - Update Oct/Nov 2016

The new 1.6 Ecoboost Vortex V2 demonstrator with pushrods and 2017 spec latest features.

V2 2017

V2 News - Update March 2016

New alternate V2 rollbar arrangement with bolt-on rear stays.


V2 News - Update Jan/Feb 2016

A Left Hand Drive V2 being prepped for export. This model is equipped with a non-
turbo 2.0 litre GDI Ford powerplant.

LHD V2 for Export

V2 Media News - Update December 2015

Total Kit Car Magazine completed a full Road Test of the 2015 spec Vortex V2 in their
years best seller September issue. [See below for details]

Vortex V2

Some of the quotes from inside the TKC road test article:

  "it's a proper missile . . ."
  "one of the finest specialist cars I have driven . . ."
  "superb drivers car that competes head-on . . ."
  "possibly the best [steering] I have sampled . . ."

We think it all went rather well but we will admit to being a little biased. So after reading the reveiw, we
want to hear your opinion. (Use the comments section of the contact page).

If you like driving more than reading, you can use the same page to book a test drive you will never forget.
After all - even though we are pleased TKC were truly impressed - we are only thrillled when you are.

Vortex V2 - 2015 spec with lower pricing announced - Update December 2015

Vortex Automotive is excited to announce lower pricing on the V2 - 2015 spec as a direct result
of design simplification and other efficiencies.

Vortex V2 2015 spec

Refinements inside and out . . .

Just a few of the technical and design changes in the 2015 spec Vortex V2 include weight savings
and a lower centre of gravity with a new 3" shorter nose, 7" narrower tail, 1.5" lower front bulkhead
modified sidepanels and chassis, better pedal layout, new caliper positions, narrower rear track and more.

Look for the V2 in Complete Kit Car Magazine's 2014/2015 Guide.

The V2 appeared at Brands Hatch during TKC Day on Nov 15th 2014.

The following Production updates have now been completed 2015 spec V2;

  • Front pushrod layout option
  • Narrower, shorter, lower chasis
  • Wider front track, longer wishbones and track arms
  • Alloy calipers, non-vented discs
  • New caliper positions
  • Modified master cylinders
  • New mirror position
  • 6-Speed gearbox option
  • Optimised silencer
  • Now 2-channel fly-by-wire throttle
  • Modified side panels and internal trim boards
  • LED tail lamp option
  • Padded armrest and glass fibre centre tunnel
  • Passenger tonneau cover
  • New rack location
  • Luggage box in nose
For more details see here

Vortex GTT - First look The Excitement continues - Updated Autumn 2014

The new Vortex GTT has been added to the GT sports car series and featured in Complete Kit Car
. The GTT feature highlights include a 2.0 litre Ecoboost engine married to a six speed
MMT6 gearbox
with many refinements that include reduced weight and increased power.

GTT Silver 2014

GTT interior view

The Vortex V2 - 001 was featured in Fast Furious and Funny You Tube programme - Feb/Mar 2013

The Vortex V2 - 001 passed its IVA test in late 2012 shown below before a quartermile sprint test.

Vortex V2 doing a quarter mile test

Both the V2 and the new Vortex GT-EV are featured on the Goodwood website fortyonesix.com.

Vortex GT-EV was also recently shown in action publicly and in the news again (see GT Product News)

The V2 - 002 - Fact Sheet - Updated October 2014

The inspiration for the Vortex V2 was to emulate the virtues of a Lotus 7 type, but to move the concept on
with modern looks, proportion and more visual excitement, with the benefits of a rear engine (better
packaging/less cockpit noise, better traction). A direct injection engine stays with the contemporary
theme, although the 2.0 Ecoboost would not package at the front because of its overall height (it has
counterbalance shafts in the sump) and a low mounted turbo.

The second Prototype is a major revision of the first, with every chassis tube changed. Downsizing has
been a major aim, and the car is 3" shorter in wheelbase, 6" shorter in body length, the chassis is 3/4"
narrower and 1.5” lower. Wheels have changed from 18" x 8”all round, to 16" x 7” front and 17" x 7.5”
rear.100 changes in total!

Lower production side panels, a new nose (minus aerofoils), revised tail section with teardrop shaped
blister to cover engine hard point and lower rear shape to enclose the chassis better, and a moulded
centre tunnel add to the visual changes as do LED tail lights and unique mirrors. There is also a stowage
box which fits inside the nosecone for crash helmets etc.

Mechanically, the wishbones are longer and wider based, the steering quicker, (now 2 turns lock to lock),
solid discs with alloy calipers improve the un-sprung weight, redesigned electrics (by ex-F1 technicians)
have the ECU’s now better placed inside the engine bay, headlight main beam is twinned with dipped beam
for enhanced performance, and throttle actuation is now2 channel fly-by-wire. The chassis is lighter and is
better triangulated. The jack position is at the very front of the car inside the nose and as is the battery
for better weight distribution. The turbo piping is better optimised to eliminate throttle lag. Bespoke drive
shafts are made from S155 steel. Handbrake is now from the Focus.

Features retained are the steering rack behind front axle centreline for safety, a 7.5 gallon central fuel
tank (the gear change is mounted directly on to this), pendulum pedals for the best ergonomics,
respectable shoulder and foot width for the reclined driving position, mini air deflectors on the cockpit
fairings to deflect the air over the occupants heads, and uniquely a full width cooling slot underneath the
chassis for the turbo intercooler and full width radiator. Vortex uses their own LM25 aluminium uprights
and hubs on the V2 and the GTT.

Further refinements are on the way, as is the 1.6 Ecoboost option (25 kg lighter than the 2.0). A V2- EV
may be tackled if a demand is perceived; exciting developments are occurring all the time to the available

Main donor parts are Focus column, stalks and handbrake, engine/gearbox, Ford rack, discs and header
tank, VW rear calipers, Hi-Spec front, ITG air filter.

Vortex will put tenders out to licence and fully build the V2 at some point as there is now a preference to
focus more on the creative side of automotive product.

For information about test driving or ordering the new Vortex V2, please use our contacts page.

Vortex V2
V2 Nosebox

Vortex Automotive - Corporate News

Vortex Automotive Ltd is the replacement name for Phantom Automotive Ltd.

The company retains the same ownership and is authoring this site to provide information on the many
changes to our rebadged GTT series of performance sports cars. Sharing new product development
information will also be a feature of this site.

Vortex GT Series Rear 3/4 view
The Vortex series has been proven and
tested by demanding sports car
enthusiasts and knowledgeable drivers.

With a generous 72" wide interior and a
long 104" wheelbase even the larger
enthusiast can enjoy performance in

In every way, the Vortex sports cars are
more accomplished than ever and yet still
very affordable.

With the establishment of the new company, development is continuous - making the product more
powerful and desirable. This is evidenced by the announcement of new engine options. (see: Donor Parts)
and recent design changes. (see: Specifications).

With sincere appreciation to our past, present and future customers, we invite you to explore our
site and to stay in touch via email to let us know how we are doing.

Meantime, to our new visitors, we welcome you and look forward to arranging a Vortex GTT or V2 test
drive so you can experience first-hand what all the excitement is about . . .

GT Series Product News Updated - Nov 2013

The new Vortex GT-EV successfully completed the course at the recent Future Vehicle Brighton to London
event with plenty of range to spare. The EV was solely powered by its lithium iron batteries. The news
media showed great interest in this event both here and abroad and the run confirmed the Vortex GT-EV
project is on schedule

Vortex GT-EV during the Brighton to London run


Front Light Pod

New Headlight Cluster

New light cluster featuring bi-halogen

main unit, separate LED sidelight
with the addition of "Daytime Running
Light" type option.

Also available in chrome finish.

A group of Vortex Owners
Vortex GT owners compare notes

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