The HTT Plethore LC-750 just debuted a few weeks ago, but it is a supercar that has been 11 years in the making. The reason for the long development cycle is that HTT is a one-man show. Luc Chartrand founded the Montreal-based company to realize his supercar dreams, and he serves as the only designer and engineer the company has.
Normally, assembling any car, let alone a supercar, is the work of vast teams of designers, engineers, fabricators, testers, and so on. But, when you have 11 years to work on a design, you can cut out a lot of those positions. Chartrand is an electrician by trade, but his experience as a stock car and karting driver gave him plenty of insights into what exactly a supercar needs to become truly special. And his experience hints at the ultimate goal for the Plethore LC-750: racing in the American Le Mans.
The carbon fiber body of the Plethore is wrapped around an FIA certified roll cage, and most of the chassis architecture is also made of carbon fiber. This tallies up to a pretty slim car, weighing in at 2,535 pounds. And pushing that weight to insane speeds is an LS9 V8 engine, the same as that found in a Corvette ZR1. The engine is tuned to produce 750 horsepower and is mounted behind the cabin, making the Plethore one of the truest examples of an American muscle/European handling blend. And, for the truly brave, there are plans in the works to affix two turbochargers to the huge V8, bringing the eventual power output to a staggering 1,300 horsepower. Of course, if those plans go through, the current six-speed manual transmission in the car now may need to be abandoned in order to handle all that power, so a six-speed sequential DSG will likely find its way into the Plethore at some point.
Each wheel of the Plethore has an independent double wishbone suspension system that will help keep the tires on the road and the power where it should be. Thus far, there isn’t a limited-slip differential installed, but that’s a piece of equipment likely to be added in the near future, and certainly before the Plethore has any presence on the Le Mans circuit. Also, each wheel has racing-spec brakes from AP Racing to keep things under control.
Aside from this racing pedigree, the Plethore also has some interesting design features for the cabin. The driver’s seat is mounted in the middle of the car, with offset seating for passengers. Also, the doors open vertically on hydraulic pistons. After all, if you’re rich enough to afford one of these cars, you wouldn’t want to do something so pedestrian as using your muscles to operate the doors. Much easier to just press a button.
Production of the Plethore will start at the end of this year or the beginning of the next, and those who want to own one of these beauties should start saving up the $600,000 needed for purchase right now. Unless, of course, you want the 1,300 horsepower turbocharged model, in which case you’ll need a cool $1 million. Canadians aren’t widely known as being a premier producer of supercars, but the the HTT Plethore LC-750 drives half as good as it looks, that likely won’t stay true for long.