Genesis and Nemesis
presented at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Espera Montbéliard
students set about designing and building two other prototypes
in record time: the Katana and the Mulsanne.
The Katana is a small
two-seater sports car built in record time (two months) by
students at Espera Montbéliard. The Katana is powered by a
1.6 l V-tec four-cylinder engine from a Honda Civic,
developing 160 hp. The chassis is of course Dual Frame. The
rear section can be detached and removed for easy
The car was involved in an accident in early summer 2008
(bent chassis). It was sold in early summer 2011 and is
located in the Paris region.
Partnership with Orange
Orange has teamed up with Espera
Montbéliard to design the Katana's dashboard to integrate a
smartphone and a Parrot RK 8200 Bluetooth hands-free car
radio. Today, it may seem trivial, but in 2008, few cars
could connect to a smartphone.