6.2 litre V8
The Jason Castriota designed Bertone Mantide was one of
the vehicles displayed at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show.
Before its unveiling the Mantide concept had been teased
for several weeks under the codename "Project M"
and a series of images, videos and vague press releases
had been circulated by Stile Bertone in order to whip
up interest in the concept.
The Bertone Mantide is based on the Chevrolet
Corvette ZR1 - an outstanding car to begin with, and
features the same 638 horsepower, supercharged, 6.2 litre
V8 driving the rear wheels. However thanks to the the
lightweight carbon fibre body panels and wheels which
help shave 100 kgs (220 lbs) off the weight and a more
aerodynamic profile the Mantide can sprint to 62 mph (100
km/h) in just 3.2 seconds and carry on to a top speed
of 217 mph (351 km/h).
The futuristic and angular styling of the Stile Bertone
Mantide was inspired by modern aerospace technology and
the world of Formula One racing. These influences are
apparent in the way the teardrop-like fuselage tightly
wraps around the drivetrain, and the prominent aerodynamic
wings which intersect the cabin and fold down into the
rear wheel arches.
The Mantide's aerospace and racing inspired styling is
further underlined by the low-slung nose, jet fighter
style canopy and butterfly opening doors, as well as the
numerous air intakes and outlets. However the radical
exterior design of the Mantide is not just cosmetic. By
using an advanced full scale wind tunnel to fine tune
the profile, and thanks to a race-car derived flat floor
plan the Mantide features an impressive drag coefficient
of Cd 0.298, and also a 30% improvement in downforce over
the ZR1. This means that not only is the Mantide more
stable at speed, it is also more aerodynamically - and
therefore fuel - efficient.
The strictly two-seat interior of the Stile Bertone Mantide
features an FIA compliant triangulated roll cage, lightweight
carbon fibre racing seats and four-point racing harnesses.
Source: Bertone via Jalopnik
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