A long established Canadian racecar maker Magnum today has taken wraps off their first road-legal production model – the MK5. Being teased for a couple of times in photos and videos, the newest Canadian contender is about to hit international racing tracks and streets.

Envisioned by Bruno St-Jacques, it is a superlight racing-oriented two-seater speedster which is set to offer both driver and passenger thrilling driving experience thanks to impressive performance figures achieved during the development period of 3 years. The Magnum MK5 is powered by a mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine capable of producing a maximum power of 250hp and to turn revs up to even 11,000 rpm! The sound of this power aggregate should be magnificent. Not even this, but also proposed numbers are more than impressive. The MK5 is said to be good for a top speed of 240 km/h and 0-100 acceleration in just 3.2 seconds. Thanks to the extensive usage of lightweight materials like carbon-fibre composite for bodywork as well as aluminum for other components, the total dry weight of the Magnum’s car is astonishing 545 kg. It equals to a tiny micro city car! What is none the less impressive is the power-to-weight ratio. A simple calculation shows that there will be 460 mighty horses ready to drag a single tone. Sounds like a good deal!

Regarding the exterior look of the Magnum MK5, its trendy sharp aggressive lines echoes both styling of a pure racing car and powerful GT. It will well fit into the emerging niche segment or superlightweight track-oriented roadcars currently being dominated by examples of KTM X-Bow, BAC Mono, newly launched Mexican VjHL 05. The starting price for the Magnum’s model is $139,000 USD and it is already available for order. The car will soon be shown in private events for possible customers, but we do also hope that the car will appear in public events as well. Welcome Magnum MK5 from Canada!


The Magnum MK5 officially unveiled.

The first track-focused street-legal lightweight supercar from Canada promises to be addictive.

 Montreal, Canada, October 30, 2013

 Created from a passion for motorsport in the late 60s, when original founder Jean-Pierre St-Jacques built Magnum’s first formula racecar, Magnum Cars is now entering the lightweight supercar segment with the introduction of the MK5. The brainchild of his son Bruno St-Jacques, himself a well-rounded and successful racecar driver, the Magnum MK5 aims to offer an incredible driving experience; the closest that most will get to experiencing a real racecar.

 Featuring impressive power-to-weight ratio of 460 bhp per tonne, remarkable handling with cornering forces of over 2Gs, second-to-none build quality, and cutting edge design, the Magnum MK5 strives on offering the ultimate excitement for all the senses, so that both driver and passenger can both enjoy the true feeling of a pure and exhilarating car. Having recently completed its development program, including 3 years of extensive track testing, the Magnum MK5 is now ready to be unveiled to car enthusiasts around the globe.

Dual Personality

The first creation from Canada to hit the international track-day car market, the Magnum MK5 is refined and exciting, perfectly wedging itself between expensive supercars and track-day cars.

"The MK5's amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of neither one." Points out Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum.

The Magnum MK5 is not only fast; it is equally versatile. From its cargo compartment that can easily accommodate two race helmets and a briefcase, to its street-legal amenities like full lighting and reverse camera, the Magnum MK5 can "bring it" both at the track or on the road. This reflects the MK5’s dual personality.

The MK5’s open cockpit "speedster" styling is perfect for both the thrills of trackdays and Sunday drives through mountain roads. The MK5’s "rock star" stance will make owners feel right at home amongst luxury supercars during a night out on the town.

The Magnum MK5's styling is bold and innovative. The aggressive yet purposeful design blends sleekness with forward thinking: "We designed a car that owners can be proud of, with a styling that is pure and intricate. We want people to enjoy admiring the MK5 from every angle and keep coming back for another peek. We also wanted to provide an overall experience to make MK5 owners proud of being part of the Magnum family. With the MK5, it's not just about the car, it's about the awesome ownership experience," says Bruno St-Jacques.

The Magnum MK5 well thought-out mechanical simplicity has been developed to offer both easy adjustability and maintenance. Most components that require maintenance are sourced from well-known high performance brands and widely available for quick service anywhere in the world.

St-Jacques also states, "The MK5 is easy to maintain and, because it is built to take the abuse, [it] has very low running costs. It can easily be maintained by its owner or by any established sports car shop. It does not require a full crew or any special tools. You just jump in and drive!"

Exhilarating Performance & Bold Design

At the heart of the Magnum MK5 is a 250hp rear mid-mounted 4-cylinder engine that commands respect as the revs blast up to its chill inducing 11,000 rpm redline. Whether you want to tackle the track or enjoy the road, the intoxicating power delivery and high-revs, combined with the drivability and reliability of the lightweight powerplant, will suit different driving styles and moods.

The 6 speed sequential gearbox allows for lightning-fast shifts, up and down, while the perfectly positioned center-mounted shifter lever provides a level of involvement for the driver. Combined with a limited-slip differential, the Magnum MK5 provides remarkable acceleration.

Power numbers aside, the performance quality of the MK5 benefits from a well-balanced formula racecar type pushrod suspension geometry, with inboard 2-way adjustable dampers, front and rear. The unequal length double a-arm suspension works in harmony with ultra-high performance street-legal tires (225/40R18 front, 265/35R18 rear) mounted on 18-inch ultra-lightweight alloy wheels. Thanks to its light 1,200 lbs (545kg), the MK5 can generate racecar level cornering grip.

Braking performance is just as impressive. Front and rear 4-piston calipers and vented brake discs offer a decisive bite, yet smooth brake pedal modulation. The ingenious sliding pedal box, completely custom machined out of aircraft-grade billet aluminum, provides easy adjustability from a simple locking lever, to accommodate drivers of different heights without tools.

The menacing look of the Magnum MK5 styling has been optimized to be equally striking and efficient. Displaying functional aerodynamics like those found on Formula 1 cars and LeMans Prototypes, the light and strong carbon fiber composite bodywork of the MK5 provides a confident dose of downforce to help maximize performance. Developed with modularity in mind, maintenance is facilitated and repair costs reduced as bodywork sections can be easily removed or individually replaced.

The Magnum MK5's exterior styling extends into the cockpit where a modern look mixes with purposeful ergonomics. Designer-worthy CNC machined aluminum levers fall right in place, blending nicely with the race-inspired carbon fiber seats. Both driver and passenger are secured by 6-point racing harnesses. Great attention to details contributes to controls that are intuitive, while easy-to-read backlit digital gauges, with built-in GPS-enabled laptimer, are mounted directly onto the removable suede-wrapped steering wheel.

A Philosophy of Innovation, Performance and Excellence

"When we decided to get back to our roots of building cars, we agreed that the newest Magnum had to be exciting in every sense. Our racing background dictated the philosophy behind the MK5; our main objective has been to achieve an experience that is pure and as close to driving a true racecar, in a simple to use and easy to drive platform," says Bruno St-Jacques.

The purpose has evolved but the philosophy remains the same. The “St-Jacques” meticulous attention to details and the high level of craftsmanship can be seen in every aspect of the Magnum MK5. Beautiful and well-thought out components that have been precision CNC-machined out of aircraft grade aluminum are displayed like pieces of art. Benefitting from Magnum’s immense expertise in machining components for different fields, including motorsport, for well over 45 years, the car is as beautiful under its skin as it is on the outside.

Bruno St-Jacques is quick to emphasize: "We only work with the best people in the business and we source only the best components. We are driven by excellence and believe it is of the utmost importance to offer our customers a product that does not compromise on quality, performance, or safety. We pride ourselves on offering a high-end product that surpasses expectations."

Delivering Awesomeness

Privately shown to interested parties within the last few months, the Magnum MK5 has already raised attention, from its very competitive on-track performance and its out-of-the-box styling. With pre-orders already taken, Magnum MK5's will be built on order at an initial annual production rate of 20 cars. Deliveries are projected to start by late 2014.

The Magnum MK5 price will start at $139,000 USD (excluding taxes and delivery). The base price includes many features such as carbon-fiber bodywork and seats, removable racing steering wheel, data-logger system, cockpit adjustable brake bias, rear-view camera & monitor, 6-point racing harnesses, fully adjustable racing dampers and anti-roll bars, ultra-high performance tires, 18-inch ultra-lightweight alloy wheels, and limited-slip differential.

Optional features including a variety of street and track packages will also be offered so that MK5 owners can personalize their car.

The MK5 is available for order as of today, October 30, 2013.



Power-to-weight ratio:  460 bhp per tonne

0-100 km/h (0-60 MPH):  3.2 second

Maximum speed:  240 km/h (150 MPH)

Handling:  Over 2Gs of lateral force



Type:  4-Cylinder

Power:  250 bhp

Redline:  11,000 rpm

Configuration:  Rear mid-mounted, rear wheel drive

Transmission:  6-speed sequential gearbox with reverse

Differential:  Limited-slip


Bodywork:  Carbon-fiber composite, easily removable front and rear sections.

Functional aerodynamics:  Internal front wing, front splitter, flat underbody, rear diffuser

Cargo area:  Fits two helmets and a briefcase

Fuel tank capacity:  35 liters

Fuel filler:  Lockable billet aluminum

Length:  3,914 mm (154.1 in)

Width:  1,884 mm (74.2 in)

Height:  1,069 mm (42.1 in)

Dry Weight:  1,200 lbs (545 kg)


Type:  Adjustable pushrod activated, double unequal length a-arms, front & rear

Dampers:  Inboard, two-way adjustable, front & rear

Anti-roll bars:  Adjustable, front & rear


Tires:  Ultra-high performance, road-legal, 225/40R18 front & 265/35R18 rear

Wheels:  18", ultra-light alloy, front & rear

Brake calipers:  4-piston calipers, radial mount, front & rear

Brake discs:  Ventilated discs, with CNC-machined aluminum hubs, front & rear

Brake bias:  Cockpit adjustable

Pedal box:  Custom CNC-machined hand operated sliding adjustable


Gauges:  Steering wheel mounted backlit digital dash-display, with integrated laptimer and data acquisition system

Steering wheel:  Weather resistant suede, with quick release

Seats:  Carbon fiber composites

Harness:  6-point, racing-type

Accessory:  Rear-view monitor & camera