A few years ago, Identity first surfaced as an automaker when they introduced the I1 Concept at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. We didn’t hear a whole lot from these guys until this year, when they showed us their second supercar concept, the Y2.
Just like the I1, the Y2 is a car that’s built on inspiration; in this case, one of the most feared predators in the world, the great white shark. Using the model of the nautical beast, Identity designed the Y2 to look every bit like the automotive predator it’s being hyped up to be.
The whole car isn’t complete and it might even take a while for Identity to have a finished product, but the initial returns point to a car that carries some pretty high-end materials, including carbon fiber, aluminum, and kevlar. In addition to that, Identity is indicating that the Y2 will carry an impressive V12 powertrain that can produce upwards of 500 horsepower.
The numbers all sound good on paper, but they don’t mean a whole lot if we don’t hear about the Y2 in the foreseeable future. Let’s hope that’s not the case and we see this impressive-looking supercar out on the road in the not-so-distant future.
Find out more about the Identity Y2 after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
The Identity Y2 takes inspiration from sharks with the pair of bi-xenon headlights being designed to characterize the creature’s menacing eyes. Adding to the look of a predator, the front grille of the Y2 is likewise as imposing, as are the side air intakes, which according to Identity, were based on a great white shark.
As a niche supercar model, the Y2’s body makes use of some pretty high-end materials, including aluminum, carbon fiber, and kevlar to go with a hybrid space frame chassis that uses aeronautical technology to achieve the needed combination of a strong, lightweight, and dynamic body, complimenting the supercar’s aggressive details.
In terms of measurements, the Identity Y2 is 4.9 meters long, 1.95 meters wide, and 1.3 meters high with a 2.96-meter wheelbase.
According to Identity, the Y2 is powered by a V12 engine with more than five liters of capacity mated to an automatic sequential gearbox. This combination is said to produce an output of over 500 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque. These numbers equate to a 0-62 mph time of less than five seconds with a top speed of 187 mph.
The car is still far from being a finished product so pricing it is still a little bit tricky. It’s probably best to not give an estimate on how much its going to cost because the range of prices is far too wide to pinpoint an actual figure. Rest assured, as soon as the car becomes available, we’ll let you know how much damage it’s going to cause.
Niche supercar brands like Identity don’t have the resources of most of their contemporaries so it’s pretty understandable that they put all their eggs in one basket with their products.
Having said that, if and when the Identity Y2 ends up in production, its initial specs would put it in the class of the Aston Martin DB9. The DB9 would make for a pretty good comp since it carries a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque, a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph.
Clearly, this is a case of the upstart brand trying to make a name for itself against one of the most established names on the market. The former, with its really limited resources, will have its work cut out for them to even get mentioned in the same breath as an Aston Martin. But if they play their cards right - and get lucky - then they just might end up being that predator that invariably hunts down its prey.
Shark-inspired exterior looks sharp
Long wheelbase could make for spacious interior
Resources to build are limited
Not yet a finished model
Niche brand with plenty of questions