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by George Skentzos

An all-Australian sports car is set to make its world debut at the Melbourne Motor Show next month.

The Melbourne-built E-Vade is the culmination of countless hours of research and development on the behalf of Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander David Walter.

Drawing from his experience as the ship’s engineer on the Anzac class frigate HMAS Ballarat, David has created a two-seater sports car equally at home on either the road or track.

Australian built sports car at Melbourne Show

Rather than merely building a kit-car, David’s wife Peta encouraged him to undertake the E-Vade project almost five years ago with work starting in 2002 and the first parts built in 2003.

“If we end up making and selling more of them, then that’s something extra”

Made from a mild steel space-frame chassis clad in fibreglass, the E-Vade weighs in at just 950kg in road-going form, and strips off an additional 50kg for track use.

Australian built sports car at Melbourne Show

The engine is a Nissan-sourced V6, capable of producing about 300kW for the road, and more than 500kW for track days.

The transmission is a five-speed transaxle built by Ballarat high-performance gearbox manufacturer and exporter, Albins Off Road Gear.