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Sprite MkI
Sprite
Austin–Healey
Austin-Healey logo
18,000 CR
Model year: 1958
Performance Index: F 100
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
SPEED
3.0
HANDLING
3.7
ACCELERATION
3.2
LAUNCH
3.7
BRAKING
3.6
Advanced Performance
Power: 45 HP (33 kW)
Torque: 52 lb ft (70 N·m)
Weight: 1463 lbs (663 Kg)
Front: 54%
Displ: 0.9 L
Power/weight: 67 HP per ton

50 kW per ton


The Sprite MKI was commonly known as the Bugeye Sprite in the U.S., or Frogeye Sprite in Europe due to the bulging headlights in the bonnet. The Sprite was an inexpensive, fun sports car at a time when the only other sports cars made were quite pricey. Within a year of launching the Sprite, the small factory at Abingdon was producing 450 cars per week. When Carroll Shelby started his School of Performance Driving, he used Bugeye Sprites as the part of the training tools. The car modeled for Forza Motorsport 4 had sold new through a dealer in Seattle and stayed in the area. The current owner has had the car most of its existence, even using it as a daily driver for more than 10 years, then restoring it twice over the years. If you spot a Nevada Beige MK1 Sprite at one of the many Pacific Northwest car rallies or shows, you just may be looking at the Forza Motorsport 4 model car. Just as it is in the game, it is a fun, lightweight sports car that makes you smile everywhere you go, whether you are appreciating its unique look or blazing down the road with the wind in your hair.

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