A Serb made a supercar in the 1980s that seriously worried Ferrari and Lamborghi
Speed & Sports Kodiak F1 1983
The eighties of the last century brought to the world of motoring truly legendary supercars whose posters still hang on the walls of the rooms or offices of the boys of that time.
It was a decade in which high-performance powerful machines began to step out of their exclusively sporty frames, get more luxurious equipment and become more comfortable for "ordinary" driving and, although still inaccessible to most drivers, become more present on the streets.
The greatest legends of the eighties certainly include Ferrari Testarossa and F40, Porsche 959, Lamborghini Countach, BMW M1, De Tomaso Pantera, Lotus Esprit Turbo ...
It was a decade that paved the way for supercars as we know them today, but also a decade of the return of independent workshops that constructed models of bold design and construction solutions. Who today, apart from sincere lunatics, remembers models such as Isdera Imperator, Vector W8, Cizeta V16T or Kodiak F1 ...
The latter - Kodiak F1, is the work of a Serbian designer with an address in Germany, Mladen Mitrovic, whose company has been engaged in the production, repair and repair of mechanisms and canvas roofs for various types of convertible models for years.
In the early eighties, Mitrovic set himself the task of constructing and producing a supercar that would be a worthy rival to the then main competition.
As a basis for designing the construction, he used the Mercedes experimental model C111, with which there are certain similarities in design. Interestingly, he was assisted in designing the car by experts from the University of Munich, using an early version of CAD software.
Mercedes C111 as inspiration / Photo: Wikimedia
The Kodiak F1 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1983. The car had a solid sports chassis and a body made of composite materials, Kevlar and carbon fiber. The front part was somewhat reminiscent of the design solutions of Ferrari and Chevrolet Corvette of that time, while the rear part could notice the influence of the aforementioned Mercedes C111 and BMW M1. The most striking detail of the car was certainly the gull-wing door.
200 km/h for 22 seconds
The first Kodiak F1 was powered by a Corvette centrally mounted 5.7-liter V8 engine with 350 horsepower. The sports ZF gearbox with 5 gears was in charge of the transmission to the rear wheels, the Brembo brake was stopped, the Koni shock absorber was suspended, while the wheels were "shod" in sports Pirelli tires.
Inside were Momo leather sports seats and a steering wheel, and the F1 was equipped with both air conditioning and an audio system with 22 speakers with a total power of 300W.
Those who had the opportunity to drive an F1 at the time claimed that the car was absolutely stable and reliable to drive at a speed of 275km / h. It is known that it accelerated to 0 to 100 by 5.2, and to 200 kilometers per hour in 22 seconds, as well as consuming 17.6 liters per 100 kilometers.
Good connoisseurs of supercars of the time claimed that Testarossa and Countach had reason to worry, both because of the performance and because of the competitive price of the Kodiak F1, which in 1983 amounted to 190,000 German marks.
Mitrovic later constructed the F1, which received a "domestic" Mercedes V8 engine with a volume of five liters, with 380 "horsepower".
There is even information about the installation of a six-liter Mercedes engine with 540HP, thanks to which the car weighing about 1,000 kilograms managed to achieve acceleration up to 200km / h in less than 10 seconds!
However, despite many years of work on the car, all the praise that Kodiak received and the results it achieved, interest in the first supercar of a Serbian designer slowly declined, so in 1989, after six prototypes were made, Mirović stopped working on it.
Today, there are only two Kodiak F1s in the world. The first prototype, once owned by a Swiss businessman, sold on eBay in 2009 for $ 50,000.
Mladen Mitrović still lives in Stuttgart and deals with convertibles ...