It’s not everyday that a hybrid sports car from the Philippines finds itself on the floor of one of the world’s biggest auto shows. Yet that’s where the Michel Gitano will find itself in a week’s time at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

As one of the relatively anonymous participants of the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show, the Gitano is hoping to catch some serious love and attention from the gathered crowd at SEMA in hopes of catching interest in being the first Filipino-made hybrid sports car.

Full details of the Michel Gitano have yet to be revealed, but word has it that the sports car will be able to produce in excess of 250 horsepower from its hybrid powerplant.

For now, the people from Michel Motors have released a couple of teasers of the Gitano ahead of its world debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

For a relatively anonymous manufacturer to come to SEMA is a big step in the direction of gaining recognition from its peers. Here’s to hoping that the Gitano lives up to all the hype of it being the very first Filipino-made hybrid sports car.

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UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Find them in the picture gallery.


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  (596) posted on 03.2.2012

Good job, Philippines! The color exactly fits the Philippines; tropical and vibrant!

  (488) posted on 02.7.2012

Filipinos are really competitive and talented in all things. It’s a big step for Filipino car manufacturers to join the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, and I hope that Filipinos continue to build a hybrid sports car.

  (458) posted on 01.30.2012

is good to know that Filipinos now find a spot in the world’s biggest auto shows. This car looks very advanced and I love the exterior detailing as well as the interior.

  (526) posted on 11.10.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with you guys that Filipinos are really so creative! However, just a little advice on them, that they should need to boost the engine of this vehicle and anyway, it looks already very striking.

  (449) posted on 11.8.2011

Well, I’m glad that Filipino’s are already now competing with the other big car manufacturers. smiley Anyway, as for their work, I must say that it is not really so impressive but the fact that it will feature on the SEMA auto show, I can say that it is already a big achievement for them. smiley

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

Is it really a Filipino made? Well, I must say that Filipinos are certifiably so creative and also a gladiatorial, which is truly their advantage. Anyway, as for this one, I can say that it is quite impressive.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

I have to agree that the body paint of this Gitano is absolutely looks very striking on it, and I’m so glad that it is a Filipino-made hybrid sports car! Well, I would love to see this one in person.

  (256) posted on 11.1.2011

I love the body paint that they used on it. It is very striking on that. smiley Anyway, I wonder if what will be the interior of this one will look like? Furthermore, I am hoping that they will use a striking engine for this one.

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