The Leela Spyder brings back the days when a sports car could be driven on the road and on the track. At 1720 lbs., and near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the Leela Spyder is an exhilarating car to drive. Many factors must work together harmoniously for a car fun on the road and fast on the track. The Leela is light, the CG is low, the engine and the transaxle are both in-board of the wheels giving it a low polar moment-of-inertia, making it handle more like a mid-engine car. The brakes are capable of stopping a car weighing 1000 lbs. more under racing conditions, and with 1000 lbs. less than the Alfa Milano donor car, the 2.5 V6 engine accelerates effortlessly.
The Momo seats and 5 point harnesses keep both driver and passenger in place during enthusiastic driving. The (removeable) leather covered Momo steering wheel is exactly where it should be, and the mahogany shifter is perfectly located beside it for a minimum distance from one to the other.
The view from the cockpit is a visual delight: the machine turned gage mounts, billet machined gage bezels and windshield mounts, carbon fiber dash and mirrors, and the view over the smooth fenders and hood bulge combine to make the drivers experience unlike most modern cars. The ride, while firm is not harsh, and the Leela comes with standard features such as a fuel cell, SCCA spec roll bar, racing seats and harnesses. Turn the key and the all aluminum overhead cam hemi fires right up making all the right sounds.
-The Leela Spyder was awarded the 'Student's Choice' award for inspired design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2012
Leela Spyders are purpose built to individual specifications and driving ability. Several engine options are available including the Alfa and Ford V6's displacing 2.5, 3.0, 3.2, and 3.7 (Ford 4 cam 4 valve) litres, and the Buick/Rover 3.5, 3.9, & 4.6 aluminum V8's
Services provided by Leela Motors Corp.:
-manufactures the Leela Spyder: rollers and turn-key cars
-design, tooling, fabrication and machining.
At Laguna Seca- Concorso Italiano photos by Rick Adams