Intriguing innovation of the Canadian-built Talisman GV-1

Experience the intenseness and physicality of driving the Talisman on a race circuit. It leaves you shell-shocked, at least for a while because of the power you feel during the ride. It has very responsive steering action amplified by the quick turn-in kart-style due to the tiny diameter of its racing-style wheel. This makes the GV-1 take the traditional 4-wheel stance when we begin and oversteer at the slightest touch. This is more when we invoke the excess torque in its turbo engine. There are suggestions that a limited-slip differential will be put in place soon after it undergoes due testing.

Living with the speed

In the initial two versions of Talisman, we see the 1.8 liters, 4-cylinder R18 Honda engine delivering 140-hp. At the time, an effort was on to overcome the issues of its supply and make track machines reliable and cost-effective. Talisman was quick at this time but Campagna, the performance champion was at work on another model. This took 14 months, and this turbocharged version of R18 was ready.

Campagna completed his second Talisman with the same intention of detailing and precision that was his nature. The second model was a duplicate of the first as far as dimensions go. It has a chassis of space frame made up of welded square steel tubing. It was reinforced by aluminum panels riveted together with a pair of strong tube-like roll bars. The most significant change was made with the left fitted shifter for a slender aluminum lever mounted in the center. This helped driving easier and faster.

Improved body parts

Fiberglass body parts painted with bright orange, along with seat shells, were reshaped slightly to give a more powerful side support. It gives enough comfort because of the thin textured neoprene that covered these. On the track, you could adjust them along with a pedal cluster longitudinally. The Alcantara steering wheel is removable and adjustable in reach and height for a limited extent.

Its gas shock absorbers and double wishbone suspension are the same as those usually used with the performance tires of Pirelli Trofeo R, wheels are of a black alloy. This has led to an increase in balance and grip. Campagna chose the Mamba turbo, small but having good resistance to heat with the help of ceramic bearings. This greatly increased the flexibility of an engine. The only changes made were in making the rods and pistons more robust, but the clutch box and gearbox were left unchanged.

The engine ratings were about 235 hp at 6,100 rpm and 214 lb-ft torque at 4200 rpm. The weight increased over the previous model by 25 kg, it was now 571 kg. This gave it a weight-to-power ratio of 2.48 kg/hp.