December 4, 2001
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the car can reach speeds of 220 miles per hour, sports a 12-cylinder, 6.5-litre engine, and a 7-speed ISR transmission. It can go from 0 to 60 in less than 3 seconds.
The body is crafted from carbon fiber, and the front end of the vehicle as been described as a “giant wing” designed to hold the car on the road. The car also has a smoother underbody, along with an air diffuser and air splitter at the tail, and the company has cut body weight by around 275 lbs.
A carbon fiber ring on the wheels delivers additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brakes. The bucket seats are made from a patented composite, while a woven carbon-fiber skin covers the cockpit, headliner, and parts of the seats.
According to the company:
“This unique material is soaked in a very special kind of resin that stabilizes the fiber structure, while allowing the material to remain supple. Like a hi-tech fabric, this extremely fine-looking carbon-fiber matting fits perfectly to any form. And it reduces weight.”
The $4.6 million car is targeted at a decidedly niche market: only three will be produced. The gray prototype on display in Geneva was the test car; the remaining three (which have all be sold) will be painted in white, red, or green to match the colors of the Italian flag. Video below.