Lancair Showcases First Barracuda Build
Kitplane manufacturer Lancair is displaying the first of its Barracuda two-seaters to be built at Sun ‘n Fun 2019. The aircraft was constructed by first-time Lancair builder Wade Marcantonio. Marcantonio, who holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and is a Certified Solidworks Professional, built the aircraft with the help of Lancair’s Builder Assist Program.
Lancair introduced the composite Barracuda at AirVenture 2018. According to the company, the design was developed from the Lancair Legacy. Based on installation of the standard 210-HP Lycoming IO-390 engine, the aircraft typically has a maximum cruise speed of over 200 MPH (174 KTS) and an estimated fuel consumption between 10 and 12 gallons per hour. Useful load generally ranges from 750 to 825 pounds and usable fuel from 65 to 75 gallons depending on options selected by the builder.
Available options for the aircraft include the 310-HP Continental IO-550-N engine, electronic fuel injection and ignition, air conditioning and full de-ice protection. Cost for the Barracuda starts at about $175,000 for a complete kit, which includes the airframe, engine, propeller and avionics (typically the Garmin G3X Touch and GTN-750). Lancair's basic two-week Builder Assistance program comes free with the kit purchase.