The Tornado Tempest was a kit car that was built between 1960 and 1962.
The Tempest was announced in 1960 and exhibited at the London Racing Car shows in 1961 and 1962. The Tornado Tempest was an intermediate model which bridged the gap between the Ford side-valve based Tornado Typhoon and the yet to be introduced Tornado Talisman. The body was basically the same as the Tornado Typhoon, but the model had a more complex tubular chassis and coil-spring front suspension.
Power came from the more modern over-head valve 997cc Ford 105E unit. With a curb weight of 9 3/4 cwt for the two-seater and a power output of 39bhp at 5000rpm, the Tornado Tempest performed reasonably well.
Produced in kit form, the Tempest was marketed in many different forms. This included a 2-seater, 2-seater Coupe, 4-seater, 4-seater Coupe and a Sportsback. The original price of a kit which came as a complete package of new parts was £595, an assembled car was available at £1167.
Only 15 cars were built during the brief production run.