The Tatra brand museum in Kopřivnice recently hosted an interesting exhibition of three unique MTX Tatra V8 cars. That is, in one place we managed to collect all the prototypes released in the early 90s: white, red and black. Not everyone knows that the car was originally created as a pace car for Formula 1.
This interesting supercar was developed more than 30 years ago by Metalex and Tatra. The project was approved back in 1986, but the first running prototype appeared only in 1991. It debuted at the Paris Motor Show, where it created a sensation.
The nose part with retractable headlights, as well as guillotine-type doors, the car was somewhat reminiscent of a Lamborghini Diablo. Interestingly, the headlights were borrowed from the BMW 850, the sidelights from the Maserati Biturbo, and the rear lights from the Tatra 613. And the ignition key was from the Skoda Favorit.
The body is based on a tubular steel frame with load-bearing elements made of composite materials. The external panels are made of fiberglass. As a result, the curb weight was 1335 kg.
The MTX Tatra V8 had its own highlight – the air-cooled V8 engine from the Tatra 613. After modernization, it was possible to remove 217 liters from a displacement of 3.9 liters. With. And this is from the carburetor version. And in 1993, a variant with Bosch multipoint injection appeared, already developing 306 “horses”. The dynamics of acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h have also improved noticeably – 5.6 s versus 6.2 s.
The MTX Tatra V8 holds the record for the fastest Czech car over a distance of 1 km, which has still not been broken. On May 8, 1997, at the Hradcany airfield, a supercar driven by Petr Smely accelerated over the 1000 m segment to 208.37 km/h. You can admire the unique MTX Tatra V8 in the museum in Kopřivnice until March 2, 2024.