The Lobini H1
is a sports car
produced by the Brazilian automaker Lobini
. It debuted in 2005 and went through a minor redesign in 2007. It has a carbon steel tubular chassis
and a fiberglass
body shell. It makes use of a Volkswagen 1.8L turbocharged
20V engine, the same used in some versions of both Volkswagen Golf
and Audi A3
The Lobini H1 was idealized by José Orlando Lobo
and Fábio Birolini
, and is the first car to be produced by Lobini
. It was designed by Graham Holmes
, former Lotus
designer, and was clearly inspired on the Lotus Elise
. The car's prototype was first presented to the public in the 22nd São Paulo Motor Show, in 2002, and the first finished unit was sold in 2005. At that time, it was only available in the targa top
configuration. In 2006, minor redesigns were announced to take place in the 2007 model. Also, in the 26th São Paulo Motor Show a new coupé
model was introduced and a racing
model was shown.
Even though it was well received by Brazilian enthusiasts, it is considered too expensive by most in that specific market. In fact, most of its production is directed towards the American and British markets.
The H1 comes equipped with an I4
, 20V turbocharged
1.8L engine, the same used in the Brazilian Volkswagen Golf GTI
, transversally mounted in front of the rear axle. It attains at 5700 rpm, and makes the H1 go from 0 to in 6,5 seconds. With it, the car has a maximum speed of .