Bertone Project M Mantide revealed (+video)

Bertone Project M Mantide revealed (+video)

Bertone Mantide rq

Ex-Pininfarina designer and now head of Stile Bertone Jason Castriota has just designed his own supercar, called the Mantide.

Though Castriota is at the center of the project, his ties to Stile Bertone are at the forefront of the Mantide’s unique design. Castriota combination of American birth and Italian heritage reflects the ties between Bertone’s past and the supercar design of the present.

The car, which made its official debut yesterday at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, is built on a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 platform but its entire body is completely new, composed of carbon-fibre and magnesium. The use of the lightweight materials meant designers were able to shave 110kg from the kerb weight of the already lightweight ZR1. Aerodynamic enhancements similar to the ones used in F1 sees the Mantide feature 25% less drag and 30% more downforce than the ZR-1 on which it’s based.

The end result is a 0-100kph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed easily in excess of 320kph. No production plans have been revealed yet, but it’s a lot of work to do for just a concept car.

Check out the video of the car being built below. Or click here to check out the Project M website.

Bertone Mantide rq

Ex-Pininfarina designer and now head of Stile Bertone Jason Castriota has just designed his own supercar, called the Mantide.

Though Castriota is at the center of the project, his ties to Stile Bertone are at the forefront of the Mantide’s unique design. Castriota combination of American birth and Italian heritage reflects the ties between Bertone’s past and the supercar design of the present.

The car, which made its official debut yesterday at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, is built on a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 platform but its entire body is completely new, composed of carbon-fibre and magnesium. The use of the lightweight materials meant designers were able to shave 110kg from the kerb weight of the already lightweight ZR1. Aerodynamic enhancements similar to the ones used in F1 sees the Mantide feature 25% less drag and 30% more downforce than the ZR-1 on which it’s based.

The end result is a 0-100kph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed easily in excess of 320kph. No production plans have been revealed yet, but it’s a lot of work to do for just a concept car.

Check out the video of the car being built below. Or click here to check out the Project M website.

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