750,000 (approx $600K)
154.8 hp per liter
(from Beck Press
Release) New Beck LM 800: „The new model from Switzerland“ –
World premiere in Vienna
Berne Beck Engineering &
Composits GmbH from Muri near Berne in Switzerland is presenting
an exciting new product at the luxury motor show in Vienna: On 10
January 2007 the new
Beck LM 800 will be shown to the world’s public for the first time.
The company is a small
Swiss manufacturer that has specialised in the production of top
super sports cars. The main features here are the lightweight
construction and the associated
use of the most varied of low-density materials, such as aluminium,
magnesium, titanium, as well
as the latest plastic and composite materials – Kevlar for instance.
It goes without saying that,
according to Swiss tradition, the highest demands in terms of
quality apply here as well.
The company gets its
name from René Beck, who can look back on a history of over 20 years
construction of prototypes and vehicles. Even when he was a
schoolboy, in every free minute he was
already fiddling around with home-made sports cars and working on
his dream. His motto then is
still the same now: „We start at the point where others have already
Much in the fields of
lightweight construction and highly refined aerodynamics has been
from nature, as nature always demonstrates an enormously high level
of efficiency in all its „designs“.
Also, some solutions have their origins in Formula 1 when it comes
to both technical components
and the construction methods used in the car.
The very low drag
coefficient (cw value) resulted from a reduction in the
cross-sectional area of the
vehicle to an absolute minimum. There is no superfluous material to
impede the lines, so that the
consistent implementation of „form follows function” has led to a
very special appearance with its own
highly technically- and performance-orientated, futuristic
The Beck LM 800 is a car
that imparts a feeling of pure enjoyment of sport from within, has
driving characteristics thanks to its active, electronically
controlled chassis and has enormous
power reserves at its disposal as a result of its very light weight.
In addition, the vehicle is very easy
to maintain, thanks to its modular construction and telescopic
The basic construction
of the car is similar to a Formula 1 racing car with a central
made of composite materials that protect the driver and provide the
necessary rigidity. Fixed to this
are the engine and gearbox support, as well as the front transverse
control arms of the chassis.
The central monocoque takes all the static load and provides the car
with its necessary rigidity.
It is made up from an aluminium frame and the latest composite
materials. The same material mix of
carbon, Kevlar and aluminium that is used for the monocoque is also
used for various bodywork
parts. This has the big advantage that the new regulations governing
personal protection have already
All attachment parts are
made of a high-strength aluminium alloy. They are milled out of
undergo surface treatment and are then power coated.
The top four layers of
the visible parts are made of carbon and the fabric and leather
covered components are made of 100% Kevlar. All parts are screwed
and/or glued together. The ergonomically shaped seats are produced
specially and made of several layers of Kevlar which are then well
upholstered. The digital instruments satisfy even the toughest
The car has an
electronically controlled, hydraulic active chassis, as normally
used in Formula 1 cars,
which reacts to all telemetry data. The wheels are also made from
specially manufactured aluminium parts, milled out of solid pieces
and then coated.
The engine is a V8 with
a displacement of 4.2 litres, also equipped with a turbo-charger
been specially produced for the Beck LM 800. A semi-sequential,
7-speed gearbox ensures smooth
power transmission to the wheels via a limited slip differential,
with plenty in reserve at 650 HP.
Gear changing takes place either with a conventional gearstick or
using a rocker switch on the steering wheel.
The built-in pneumatic
jacking system, making tyre changing child’s play, is very
innovative in a car
approved for street use, as it is normally used on racing cars.
The price for the basic
version of the Beck LM GTR is CHF 750,000. We would be delighted to
calculate a price for a special version, taking into consideration
the engine size, (550 HP/650 HP/850 HP/1000