Innovative Thinking Behind New Invicta S1 | Part Three

Brakes, Wheels & Tyres

With four large-diameter, cross-drilled and ventilated discs, the braking system of the S1 is very close to a racing configuration, with AP 6-pot (front) and 4-pot (rear) brake callipers. The standard set-up uses anti-squeal brake pads and callipers for quiet operation in normal road use. A change of pad material will ensure that the Invicta S1 can be used all day on a race track without running out of brakes.

British designed – Italian made, five-spoke cast alloy wheels provide an aggressive complement to the smooth flanks of the Invicta S1. Nineteen inches in diameter, the 8.5 inch wide (front) and 9.5 inch (rear) wheels offer a clear view of the massive discs and their Invicta-branded brake callipers. The wheels are shod with ultra-low profile, 35 section, directional tyres, in two widths – 255 (front) and 275 (rear).

Interior, Comfort & Refinement

Although the Invicta S1 has all the vital credentials to deliver maximum road and track performance, its role as a Grand Tourer has not been overlooked. The double floor section between the wheels sandwiches a 40mm layer of sound-proofing and throughout the car, great attention has been paid to isolating the occupants from the hardware and the heat it generates, but not from the thrill of driving.

From the concept stage, Invicta was determined that the S1 would have a spacious cabin, with particularly generous head and leg room. The supportive seats are trimmed to match the interior, and offer a wide range of movements, together with adjustable lumbar support.

The steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake, and its 14- inch diameter rim frames an array of VDO instruments. The wide centre console is trimmed in brushed aluminium and topped by triple air-vents. It houses the standard-fit VDO satellite navigation, controls for the climate-control air conditioning and the VDO hi-fi system. Both front and rear windscreens are electrically heated and the S1 features a filler on each rear wing so that the fuel tank can be replenished from either side.

Optional Equipment

Only a limited number of Invicta S1 cars will be built each year and the company hopes that each customer will visit the Wiltshire factory to witness the finishing touches being added to their machine. A wide range of ‘standard’ options will be offered by Invicta and every effort will be made to customise the S1 to suit individual customer requirements.

Options available include: metallic paint exterior finish and full leather interior in any colour, coloured brake callipers, fully powered seats, gas-discharge headlights, satellite-navigation, hi-fi and telephone upgrades, a choice of six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission and ABS anti-lock.

The Future

Invicta has worked in secrecy for 24 months because it wanted to show the public what it had achieved – not what it hoped to achieve. So, the new S1 revealed at the Motor Show is not a concept car, it is a full production model, ready to run and customers can place orders now – confident that the first cars will be delivered early in 2003.

A thoroughly modern car, the new Invicta S1 embodies the standards, quality and spirit behind the 1930s Invicta cars – aiming to provide today’s enthusiast motorists with an exceptionally rewarding driving and ownership experience, matching the marque’s original promise to deliver ‘the most wonderful performance in the world’.

Published 14 November 2002 Melanie Carter
 

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