Giugiaro is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the Pentacour - a Gran Turismo concept car that draws inspiration from the discipline "invented" by David Belle in France in the 1980s. Parcour is a two-seat car that combines elements from an SUV, a crossover, a GT and a mid-engine sports car. The concept will be offered in both coupe and roadster configurations.
The model is powered by a Lamborghini -sourced 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just in 3.6 seconds. The concept is offered with four different driving modes — Comfort, Sport, Off-road and Ice — each being distinguished by a different color on the dashboard: white, red, orange and respectively blue.
On the exterior, the new Pentacour will feature two distinguishing traits: the A-pillar is detached from the windscreen and also acts as a deflector, while the rear pillar is designed to direct the air over the bonnet and toward the retractable spoiler. It sits on 22-inch wheels that raise the car from the ground significantly.
UPDATE 04/17/13: A new promo video of the Giugiaro Parcour has been released. Check it out by clicking on the photo above. Enjoy!
UPDATE 7/11/13: Car and Driver got a crack at the Parcour concept and it made a video of this sweet crossover/SUV/supercar doing its thing. You can see the video after the jump.
Ron Automobile is a recently launched Mexican company with big plans for the future: it wants to develop high-performance vehicles that will make quite a sensation on the market. The new model is called RXX and today we have the first images of it.
According to the first details released by the company, the RXX will be a super-lightweight sporty two-seat sports car built on an aluminum chassis. It will feature a carbon-fiber body and an interior built from the same material. This combination will ensure high rigidity and stroke sensations, but will also help to deliver a low center of gravity.
As for the car’s exterior language, it will be a combination between "sensual curves and angled panels."
The model will be a road-legal car and will be offered in three different configurations: RXX, RXX-S and RXX-R, each of them offering a different level of power and equipment.
Ron announced it is also preparing a model inspired by the Lotus Seven. It will be called R7, but unfortunately it is still in the prototype construction phase zero.
If the name SCG doesn’t ring a bell for you its only because up until now you were more familiar with the "James Glickenhaus." Yes, the developer of the famous Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina and the race version, the P4/5 Competizione (pictured here).
SCG - or Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus - is his personal brand that will hit the market with two new models: a road car called 003 and the race version, 003C. Why 003? No big explanation here: simply because it will be the third model developed by Glickenhaus.
In a recent post Glickenhaus, said that the company already started to work on the engineering, aero and design, but unfortunately you shouldn’t expect to see the new model until 2015.
Talking about the new model, Glickenhaus said it will feature "a very sexy shape" and will be about the same size as the Ferrari Dino. It will also be lighter, smaller, simpler and very beautiful and its design language will feature "three wings integrated into the form as a Porsche 959’s rear wing is."
While he offered no other details on the upcoming 003, previous reports suggested the model will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an output of about 500 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read about Glickenhaus’ most famous model, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione.
Here at TopSpeed, we talked for the first time about "Bluebird" back in 2012 when we announced the 2012 GTL Formula E Racing Concept - a vehicle that looked more like the Batmobile than a race car designed for the FIA Formula E series.
While its first vehicle looked a little over the top, the one announced today sounds more promising. It is named the DC50 sports car and Bluebird will officially unveil it on September 28th, 2013 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
The new DC50 Sports Car is an electric car limited to only 50 units and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s land and water speed records in 2014. According to the first details we have on the car, it will deliver about 360 horsepower and its acceleration figures will match the ones of a Porsche. It will deliver a driving range of about 200 miles on a single charge.
The model will be built as a two-door coupe with electrically operated scissor doors and wears a coat of Bluebird blue paint.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bluebird DC50 electric sports car.
Many of you likely remember the Innotech Corvette C6 that was unveiled back in 2008. For those of you who do not remember, let us refresh your memory a little bit: it was designed with cues from the Ferrari 599 and delivers anywhere from 600 to 1000 horsepower, depending on the customer’s wishes.
Now the same Czech company has announced plans to unveil its new Aspiron supercar in just a few days at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed .
The model was built on a space-frame chassis and will be offered with a series of GM-sourced, V-8 engines. The base engine delivers 500 horsepower and the most powerful one pushes out a total of 1,000 horsepower. Combine that with a total weight of just 1,680 pounds and you get amazing performance figures. In all models, the engine’s power will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox from Ricardo and a limited-slip differential from Ford .
Along with the powerful V-8 engines, the Aspiron will use lots of carbon fiber in its construction, including the body, the cockpit and the seats. The supercar will also be equipped with a six-point racing harnesses and a touchscreen-operated data logger that will provide the driver with all the necessary details, like engine condition and lap times.
The base 500-horsepower version will be priced at $149,000.
Click past the jump to read more about the Innotech Aspiron.
You might not be familiar with VUHL (Vehicles of Ultra- lightweight and High-performance), but in just a few days, at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed , you’re going to get acquainted with it real quickly.
The "highly specialist" automaker is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design agency, Etxe, was responsible for designing the 05, a road-legal lightweight supercar that no one has ever seen, at least until now. The model was designed for the road and track, and comes as a response to cars like BAC Mono, Ariel Atom and KTM X-Bow.
According to Iker, VUHL wanted to develop a "highly intuitive machine that was both stirringly fast and immense fun to drive – a car we ourselves would want to own." And the result is the new 05.
UPDATE 07/03/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Click past the jump to read more about the VUHL 05.
Minerva Automobiles - also known as the Belgian Rolls-Royce of early last century - is working on a major comeback and apparently the first supercar to come from the newly reborn company is the J.M. Brabazon.
The new J.M. Brabazon was named after Lord of Tara John Moore Brabazon, who was actively involved in the early Minerva company as a racecar driver and as a committee board member.
The supercar is built on a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and features a carbon-Kevlar body to help keep its weight low. On the outside, the car slightly resembles an Audi R8 , but it features a prominent front fascia, LED headlights and a ventilated rear bumper that houses the dual tailpipes. The new J.M. Brabazon sits on a set of 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheel on the rear.
Under the hood, Minerva placed a twin-turbo V-12 engine powering the rear wheels combined with two electric motors for the front ones. Top speed is an unreal 248 mph and the drivetrain delivers a power to weight ratio of 1-to-1.
No other details have been offered on the new Minerva supercar , but we do know it will be equipped with a sequential transmission, a limited slip differential and regenerative brakes.
Click past the jump to read more about the Minerva JM Brabazon.
Monte Carlo Automobile was founded back in 1983 by racecar driver and engineer Fulvio Maria Ballabio. MCA launched its first prototype , the MCA Centenaire, which the company built to mark the centenary of the Automobile Club of Monaco. This year, MCA celebrates its 30th anniversary and to mark the event, the company announced the Rascasse - a supercar named after the famous Monte Carlo circuit corner.
The Rascasse is powered by a mid-mounted engine, BMW -sourced 5.4-liter V-12 engine with a total output of 500 horsepower. The supercar is capable of running both on gasoline and hydrogen-enriched LPG, thanks to the expertise of Italian LPG specialist, BRC.
MCA will limit the new Rascasse to only 15 units, each carrying a price tag of €500,000 - about $660,000 at the current exchange rates. A more powerful, hybrid version of the Rascasse with an all-wheel-drive system is also under consideration.
Click past the jump to read more about the Rascasse’s competitors.
In 2010, a Yokohama EV Sports Vehicle HER-02 set a record for the fastest electric vehicle to complete the iconic 12.42-mile-long Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The vehicle obtained an impressive time of 13:17.575 with Ikuo Hanawa behind the wheel. That mark shattered the previous Pikes Peak EV record, set by Jeri Unser in 2003, by 65 seconds.
Last year, the same vehicle finished fifth in its class and for this year Yokohama will make another try.
The HER-02 is powered by an electric motor that delivers a total of 255 horsepower and takes its power from a 37 kWh Sanyo battery pack. All of the motor’s 255 ponies are sent to the rear wheels. The electric vehicle weighs only 2,535 pounds and, thanks to its two spoilers, it delivers a surprising amount of downforce to help it stay glued to the road in twists.
Click past the jump to read more about HER-02’s competitors at Pikes Peak.
Dimitris Korres may not be a famous name in the auto industry these days, but give it some time and he just might be more than that. The Greek architect and inventor is about ready to showcase his first venture into the auto industry.
The Korres Project 4.
If you’re wondering what that is, the Project 4 is a supercar and a pretty impressive one at that.
The full details about the Project 4 will be unveiled soon in Greece, but there’s already a steady amount of information that’s been disclosed to the public. Chief among them is the powertrain, which takes the form of a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces an impressive 505 horsepower, allowing it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.
Translated in any language, those numbers are impressive across the board.
Another important bit of information about the Project 4 is its dimensions.
It’s 3,920 mm (154.3 inches) long, 1,960 mm (77.2 inches) wide, and 1,250 mm (49.2 inches) tall with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm (100.8 inches). Taken all together, the Project 4 weighs 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds).
Be sure to check back here in the coming days. We’ll have the full details of the Korres Project 4 as soon as it makes its public debut.
Click past the jump to read about a potential future competitor for the Project 4.