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The Fury (aesthetically similar to the Globe Swift) is a two-place side-by-side taildragger with a 200-hp Lycoming up front and all those smooth slippery lines that made Lopresti famous to put every pony to use. It has a maximum speed of 222 mph but stalls at 54 mph with flaps. It's fully aerobatic with an ultimate load of 7-plus Gs, but there's also room for up to 200 pounds of luggage. Range is about 1,000 miles and useful load is 850 pounds. LoPresti describes the aircraft as having "the lines of a fighter, the performance of a Ferrari and the comfort of a fine touring sedan." The Web site does not give a projected price but Siegel told the Sun that first deliveries are anticipated in 2008. The company wants to build a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant but wants the airplane company to be separate from the speed mod business, which is located in Vero Beach. "We have to keep the Fury separate so it gets all of our best efforts," Siegel told the Sun.