Only five street-legal cars are going to be made.
After a painstakingly long teaser campaign, Italdesign is finally ready to unleash its Geneva-bound V10 beast. The supercar is more than just for show, as it will enter limited production series of five cars, all of which are going to have a body made entirely out of carbon fibre. The aggressive body will be attached to a modular chassis built from a combination of aluminium and more carbon fibre to keep the weight as low as possible.
At the heart of the road-legal machine will be a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine likely shared with the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Huracan. Output numbers have not been disclosed just yet, but we remind you the supercars from Ingolstadt (in V10 Plus guise) and Sant’Agata Bolognese both have 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet on tap.
We do know from Italdesign its latest creation will need 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph, en route to a top speed of more than 205 mph. Unsurprisingly, these performances mirror those of the Audi R8 V10 Plus. The Huracan LP 610-4 has the exact same acceleration performance, but a slightly lower top speed of 201 mph.
What truly sets the Speciali apart is the much more aggressive exterior design, with vented front and rear wings, a prominent front splitter, and beefy side skirts. The rear of the mid-engine supercar is dominated by a massive diffuser and a large fixed wing boosting downforce. Overall, the car has more design cues in common with the Huracan than with the R8.
Following its premiere next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the new road-going car from Italdesign will enter production in Turin, Italy at the company’s factory in Moncalieri. All five cars are going to be assembled before the end of the year and will be sold under the newly founded 'Italdesign Automobili Speciali' brand. Pricing for the coupe will begin at £1.3M.
Gallery: Italdesign Automobili Speciali
THE FIRST “SPECIAL CAR” BY ITALDESIGN
ONLY 5 UNITS TO BE BUILT
• Italdesign makes its return to the deluxe car collectors’ market
• Five units to be built by the end of 2017
• The new “Italdesign Automobili Speciali” brand makes its debut and will be applied to all ultra-limited series cars
• The bodywork is entirely in carbon fibre
• Racing car performance with type-approval for normal roads
Moncalieri, 22 February 2017
After announcing the launch of the new “Italdesign Automobili Speciali” brand, the Moncalieri-based company presents its first ultra-limited series car with only five units to be built by the end of 2017.
Intended for collectors and visionary enthusiasts, it combines racing car features and performance alongside type-approval for use on normal roads.
Developed around a modular chassis in carbon fibre and aluminium, this special car boasts a powerful naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine which enables 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 3.2 seconds, together with a top speed in excess of 330 km/h. The bodywork is entirely in carbon fibre. The car measures 4847 millimetres in length by 1970 millimetres in width by 1204 millimetres in height.
"The exterior is characterised by the two sides of the same medal," said Filippo Perini, Head of Innovation Design : "above the tornado line, outlines are distinctly softer and smoother in keeping with the Italian Gran Turismo tradition. The lower part is modelled from aerodynamics. To achieve the performances we had in mind, we had to dare beyond all limits from styling and even purely technical points of view. The outcome ensures extremely high impact without ever being design for design's sake”.
Right from the first style draft, the Styling Centre and the Engineering Department implemented what is defined as simultaneous engineering, a work method developed and perfected by Italdesign way back at the end of the 1960s and constantly improved over the company's fifty-year history.
Designers and engineers work almost simultaneously to carry forward styling solutions and functional-feasibility checks until an ideal compromise is achieved that meets design and performance requirements alike.
“The development of the one-off was based on the know-how achieved in the designing of hundreds of cars in our 49-years history – Italdesign Chief Technical Officer Antonio Casu, said. “To reach the timing target we applied the latest CAx and Simulation Technologies. Styling has been integrated since the very beginning with early engineering and production processes. All this allowed us to produce a state-of-the-art car in terms of performance and safety.”
“We put it our best skills into the production of the first car – Massimo Bovi, Head of PreSeries Center added – using some of the finest productions methods and engaging our high skilled workers. At the same time we engaged deeply in the latest technologies in electric and electronics. Therefore this first car is showcasing our expertise gained in our history. It is also an invitation to all of our clients to see us in our facility”.
Customers will be able to customise their cars to the utmost thanks to finishing and performance packages.
“Important for us was to run this project based on our development and production process for Ultra Low Series Cars – Massimo Martinotti, Head of Project Management and Business Development, stated. With this and a precise milestone tracking we achieve an outstanding quality and a very short time to market. We think that we can set with this process as a benchmark that we are looking forward to repeating for all current or future OEM customers”.
The world launch of the car signs also a collaboration between Italdesign and Geneva watchmaker Roger Dubuis to create an exclusive eight-piece, proudly Italian collection of the brand’s iconic Excalibur Spider wristwatch.
The car was conceived, designed and built in Italy in the Italdesign factory in Moncalieri (Turin).