Felino cB7

If a racing driver has a dream, then certainly that he may design and construct a racing car by himself. So did Antoine Bessette, a successful Canadian racing driver – he had exactly this dream and started in 2008 to build a high performance race car. The Felino cB7,  which can be used as a roadworthy racing car. We had the chance to speak personally to 34-year-old Antoine Bessette about his dream.

Kay MacKenneth:
Antoine, how did you get the idea to build an own high performance sports car?

Antoine Bessette:
I was racing since 2002 and above all raced in the United States. Overall, there were 42 races of which I could win five races. 2008 I stopped racing and at least a year later I started with this project. The idea was to build a performance car, which I as racing driver and my former race engineer with our expertise thought was perfect for mature and technically exactly according to the specifications.

Kay MacKenneth:
What did that concept look like?

Antoine Bessette:
First of all, we constructed a tubular frame, on which everything was to be built. We tested this frame again and again on the race track, until it was exactly according to my idea. The vehicle was driven only by one driver and everything held strictly confidential under any exclusion of the public. No one knew about our plans to build this car. 2012 I drew the design for the Felino cB7 as he is today, and in 2014, we unveiled the Felino at the auto show in Montreal the very first time. At the moment, we are testing three prototypes in a long distance test and sold yet only pure racing cars for the race track.

 

Kay MacKenneth:
Der Felino cB7 soll ja auch als straßentaugliche Version erhältlich sein, Wissen Sie schon wann der Verkauf beginnt.

Antoine Bessette:
Von dem cB7 werden vorerst einmal nur 10 Preproduction Fahrzeuge gebaut und diese sollen erst einmal nur als Vorführwagen dienen und andere Investoren an das Projekt heranführen.  Diese Fahrzeuge sind allerdings straßentauglich. Während wir diese zehn Fahrzeuge bauen, entwickeln wir bereits die nächste Generation.
Kay MacKenneth:
Each of the vehicles will have their own specifications. This means that none of the vehicles is the same. Is it true?

Antoine Bessette:
Each buyer can configure the Felino himself. This begins already with the driver’s seat, because like in any F1 Racing car the bucket seats are all individually adjusted to the driver. The customer chooses between a manual transmission, as used in the Indy cars, or an automatic transmission can. Several variants of ceramic or carbon brakes are possible with the brakes and even the pedals can be chosen individually. None of the vehicles will be the same, because every buyer gets his own specifications.  Every time we sell a vehicle, we are one further step ahead in the evolution of the vehicles, we never take a step back. Every buyer is heavily involved during the development of the vehicle and is always joining the testings at the circuit. The customer can choose even the circuit for the tests and we will send the whole race team on site, to assist the customers. Only the first test rounds are driven on our own circuit in Montreal.

Although all Felinos are equal in the base, each of the vehicles is still unique. Someone who will ride the Felino only on the race track, can ad for example the Aero Kit. Anyone who drives the vehicle on the regular road, will not need this. A very important aspect in all counts for us: we are not selling  only a vehicle, we are selling an experience.