Luso Motors was founded by Ernesto Freitas, a professional mechanical designer with more than 15 years experience in the field and an amateur car designer.
It is based in Guimarães, northern Portugal.
As Ernesto Freitas explains, "the idea behind Luso Motors project is to use the advantages of both worlds (engineering and design, NDR) and turn them into feasable projects within a controlled budget and with an affordable price for the final client."
The main objective is to provide small companies with a low cost and high quality service.
Among the activities are extensive prototyping services: physical models can by supplied in any scake, material or finishing, depending to the customer’s requirements.
The project currently involves a few specialised persons, working in the different areas: design, modeling process, chassis/suspension engineering department.
Particluar attention is paid to the digital modelling process, directed by modeller Tiago Viana.
As Ernesto explains, "I prefer to jump from the skecthing process to the digital modeling as soon as possible mostly because is very important to have a quick idea of the compatibility of the mechanical parts with the design options and sizes."
3/4 scale AC Cobra powered car for kids
During the last three years, Luso Motors has worked for private customers and niche companies and has developed a number of original projects, all of them being ready to be sold to interested customers like kit car companies or private clients.
In-house developed projects include a series of unique large scale miniature powered cars for kids.
Below we report some of the most interesting projects. Additional images and information are available on Luso Motors’ official website.
This project was comissioned by Giel Hansen, from Hansen Sportscars, in order to compete in several race series over Europe in the GT2 class.
Two cars are being built, a race version and a road version, both of them powered by a 5 litre V10 engine, delivering 600hp.
John Kyle’s GT-GTR and GTS
The model was developed in three variations: the GTR racing model, the GT closed road version and the GTS open top road version.
The design requirement was to take inspiration from the 1960s sportscars by ASA.
The styling cues were integrated into a new aggressive design. The models are powered by a V8 unit.
Lusomotors’ Original Projects
AC Cobra ¾ Scale
Starting as personal project for Ernesto Freitas’ own kids, this model was built as a one-off, all by hand, being the wheels and tires the only parts not made from scratch.
|Left: Ernesto Freitas with the AC Cobra 3/4 scale car
Right: AC Cobra kids car chassis and bodywork
A complete chassis with full suspension, a fibre glass bodywork, complete electric system, leather interior, opening doors, working motor and drive components were created and built as if it was a "real" car.
An AC Cobra 289 and a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider production models are under development.
"As one of my favorite models of all times, it was the right choice to serve as a basis to be carried out a full development of a new design and chassis."
The result is a model ready to be produced in kit form or in a small series run.
All the mechanical parts, as the original ones from the 70’s, are provided by Renault models, starting from the V6 engine/gearbox, to all other small but also important items, as are the suspention, steering and braking parts.
The engine is placed in a mid-rear position and all the glass parts are borrowed from other production models in order to further reduce costs.
Project developed with the colaboration of modeler Jose Sustacha to enter the "Peugeot Design Contest".
It is an all-terrain vehicle in a coupe form, equiped with a V12 diesel engine, engineered to overcome any African desert dune in style and confort.
This project started as a modern renterpretation of the Lotus Seven. This racetrack-oriented car is based on a tubular chassis and is engineered to be able to use bike and car engines.
(Image Courtesy: Ernesto Freitas, Luso Motors)