“LH-PROTO’s pushing two lateral g’s and stops hard enough to justify engraving “Are You Sure?” on the brake pedal. We’ll have to redesign the seatbelts.”

 

The prototype LH1 Phantasm, which Sara designed and built in her garage and uses as her personal technology-development mule.

Its chassis and body are entirely hand-laid carbon fiber and it’s powered by a 770 hp, methane-breathing jet turbine driving a rear-mounted, five-speed manual transaxle.

The whole car weighs around one ton dry, so getting and keeping traction is a dodgy affair, even with an experienced foot.

Tests have shown that LH-PROTO is capable of burying the needle on its 230 mph speedometer and can literally bounce the driver’s head off the steering wheel in a full panic stop.

LH-PROTO is the first custom car Sara ever built and it’s rather sketchy, with a lack of quality control greatly in evidence. The car didn’t even have an interior until Janey sewed one together for it.

While the chassis, bodywork, glass and engine are proprietary scratchbuilds, the rest of the car’s components and systems are sourced from vendors. The vehicle also features F1-derived pushrod suspension, ventral aerodynamic shell plates and a full side-exit dual titanium exhaust.

The production variant is known as the LH1A1 and differs from LH-PROTO primarily by having a 600 hp engine and much better fit and finish. Phantasms are hand-built to order for each customer and typically take about four months to manufacture, with an average cost of $375,000.

The buyer may have their selection of hundreds of features, but the only available paint color is a proprietary deep blue-black.

Each car ships wearing a set of ultrahigh-performance Donaldson Super Chauvinist XGT street & track tires and comes with a complete set of hand tools in a custom-built case because every nut and bolt in the car is SAE.

Hyperdrive has taken some flack from autojournos over LH-PROTO being “not ambitious enough” to be a true exotic, because Sara designed LH-PROTO to be as easy to maintain as any Paysoner or Van Castle. The engine’s in front, there’s plenty of room to turn wrenches and reach parts under the hood and an oil change can be done in half an hour with common tools and methods.

Sara believes that this has more to do with the LH1 being a front-engined car (as opposed to rear-engined like a “proper” exotic) and her running feud with the automotive press over their perceived anti-Columbian bias.

Until the LH2A1 Vrykolak goes into series production, this car is Hyperdrive’s sole offering.