Whoa. We’d never heard of the Devon until the newswire started buzzing about their “lap record” at Laguna Seca a few days back. We were holding off on reporting about this because we’ve been trying to get ahold of the good folks at Devon to confirm exactly what is powering the GTX, although rumor has it that it’s powered by a Viper-derived V10. In any event, they’re claiming a “production car” lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Our take after the jump.
First of all, the GTX isn’t even in production yet, details are very scarce (as in our attempt to find out what engine powers the damn thing), and it was a self-reported lap time. That is, Devon didn’t seem to have any professional third party accreditation there to confirm the lap time of 1:35.075, so who knows what exactly they were doing, or how stock the car was, etc. Hopefully time and a little transparency will demonstrate whether this was a shameless marketing gimmick for a specious car, or a legit demonstration of the admittedly sexy GTX.
Devon GTX Sets One-Lap Record at Laguna Seca (August 06, 2009)
* Public, press to see first glimpse of American supercar on hallowed Pebble Beach grounds
* Production to begin in first quarter of 2010
August 5, 2009 (Los Angeles) The all-new Devon GTX supercar has yet to be introduced to the public but that didn’t stop it from making news. In testing at the famed Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, the first vehicle from California-based industrial design house Devon Motorworks (devonmotorworks.com) turned in a production car lap record time of 1:35.075. Already recognized for its breakthrough design, the Devon GTX record lap demonstrates the GTX will stand on its own with the world’s best supercars.
While this testing session was closed to the public, the rest of the world will see the Devon GTX in person for the first time when it makes its debut at the Pebble Beach Councours d’Elegance on August 15, 2009.
“The Laguna Seca test session showed us just a glimpse of what the Devon GTX is capable of from a performance perspective,” said Devon Motorworks CEO and founder Scott Devon. “Through further validation and testing, we know this car is capable of even greater lap times and making an even stronger statement about the future of the American supercar.”
The test session at Laguna was the most recent in a series of rigorous validation sessions for the Devon GTX as the team builds to its public introduction in mid-August at the famed Pebble Beach event.
“There is no more important event in the world for cars in this class,” Devon added. “We realize that – by introducing the Devon GTX at the Concours d’Elegance – we are asking the world’s automotive elite to bless this car. With its bold design and outstanding performance characteristics, we are quite confident we will earn their approval.”
Two key activities will highlight an exciting weekend for the Devon GTX:
* On Saturday, August, 15, media will get the first live look at the Devon GTX at a press event on the Concours Ramp at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. The event will be hosted by Scott Devon and will feature key members of the Devon Motorworks team. Pricing and specifications will also be revealed at the event.
* The following day, on Sunday, August 16, 2009, visitors to the Concours d’Elegance will see the Devon GTX as it takes its place next to some of the most exciting classic and all-new marks on the famed putting green at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Following an exciting and busy weekend, the Devon Motorworks team will return to its Los Angeles headquarters to prepare the first production vehicles for sale to the public. The first Devon GTX will make its street introduction in the first quarter of 2010.
[Source: Devon Motorworks]