Mantide Supercar to take on Corvette ZR1

Mantide Supercar to take on Corvette ZR1

With a hexagon design cues and wild futuristic styling the Bertone Mantide is a new and distinctive figure in the design world. Now it is set to break into the performance world as the vehicle’s owner wants to take it to the Nurburgring to beat the 7m 26.4s lap time set by the Corvette ZR1 — the same car on which the Mantide is based.

Designed and built by Jason Castriota of Bertone fame, the Mantide is a special one-off supercar built from carbon-fibre and magnesium around the Corvette ZR1 chassis. The use of the lightweight materials meant about 110kg was dropped from the kerb weight of the already lightweight ZR1. On top of that, aerodynamic aids similar to those used in F1 sees the Mantide produce 25% less drag and 30% more downforce than the ZR-1 on which it’s based.

Castriota insists the Mantide is faster than the ZR1 and is very excited about the prospect of the car now tackling the Nurburgring. “It has been a dream of mine from the outset of this project,” Castriota said in a recent interview. “The logistics are not easy, as we’ll need to hire a professional driver — somebody who’s truly a Nurburgring expert like Stefan Roser — and then get the circuit closed for a few days.”

Luckily the car’s owner, British-born financier and ‘gentleman racer’ Dan Watkins, shares Castriota’s excitement about the car racing at the Nurburgring and is willing to let a team push it to its limits around the ‘Green Hell’.

With a hexagon design cues and wild futuristic styling the Bertone Mantide is a new and distinctive figure in the design world. Now it is set to break into the performance world as the vehicle’s owner wants to take it to the Nurburgring to beat the 7m 26.4s lap time set by the Corvette ZR1 — the same car on which the Mantide is based.

Designed and built by Jason Castriota of Bertone fame, the Mantide is a special one-off supercar built from carbon-fibre and magnesium around the Corvette ZR1 chassis. The use of the lightweight materials meant about 110kg was dropped from the kerb weight of the already lightweight ZR1. On top of that, aerodynamic aids similar to those used in F1 sees the Mantide produce 25% less drag and 30% more downforce than the ZR-1 on which it’s based.

Castriota insists the Mantide is faster than the ZR1 and is very excited about the prospect of the car now tackling the Nurburgring. “It has been a dream of mine from the outset of this project,” Castriota said in a recent interview. “The logistics are not easy, as we’ll need to hire a professional driver — somebody who’s truly a Nurburgring expert like Stefan Roser — and then get the circuit closed for a few days.”

Luckily the car’s owner, British-born financier and ‘gentleman racer’ Dan Watkins, shares Castriota’s excitement about the car racing at the Nurburgring and is willing to let a team push it to its limits around the ‘Green Hell’.

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