|Lobini Automóveis Ltda.
|founding||1998 or 1999|
|Seat||Cotia , Brazil|
|management||Antônio Ermírio de Moraes Filho|
The lawyer José Orlando Lobo and the engineer Fábio Birolini designed a sports car from 1999 . The English engineer Graham Holmes later supported them. They founded Lobini Automóveis Ltda in Cotia . Another source names 1998 as the year of foundation. In April 2002 they presented a vehicle for the first time at an automobile exhibition. Series production began in 2002 or 2003. The brand name was Lobini , formed from the names of the two company founders. The annual production capacity was about 36 vehicles. Around five vehicles were built by 2005. 48 more vehicles were planned for export to the USA .
At the end of 2005, Antônio Ermírio de Moraes Filho took over the company and renamed it Brax Automóveis . Lobo and Birolini became directors. Around 70 vehicles were built in 2012. After that, production ended.
The only production model was the H 1 . The base was a tubular frame. At least initially, Chamonix NG Cars made the bodies. They were made of fiberglass . The coupé with a Targa roof was only 118 cm high. The engine was mounted in a mid-engine design behind the seats and drove the rear wheels. A five-cylinder engine from the Fiat Marea with and without turbocharger , a V6 engine from the VW Passat with 2800 cm³ displacement , a V6 engine from the Ford Mondeo with 2500 cm³ displacement and a four-cylinder engine from the Audi A3 with 1800 cm³ displacement and turbocharger were tested in the prototypes . The series vehicles had the Audi engine. It had five valves per cylinder and made 180 hp . This allowed a top speed of 220 km / h to be achieved.
The small car CP 450 was in development in 2005.
- Company website (Portuguese) ( Memento dated May 31, 2014 on the Internet Archive )
- João F. Scharinger: Lexicar Brasil (Portuguese, accessed October 1, 2016)
- d'Auto (Dutch, accessed October 1, 2016)