Easter Special: Easter Eggs of the Car World
In a world that has more supercars and sports cars than you can keep track of, it’s pretty easy for those that don’t go mainstream to get lost. It’s sad when you think about it. Over the years, there have been some interesting concept and production cars that never got the attention they deserved. Take the Tushek Renovatio T500, for instance. Have you ever heard of it? I’m guessing you probably haven’t, but it was a remarkably beautiful car with distinct styling that should have made it a favorite among collectors.
These days, we’re blessed with every supercar manufacturer dropping a new model on a regular basis. In fact, we’re spoiled, when you think about it. And like any group of spoiled children, as soon as we get what we want, we immediately start asking for more. It’s not that the supercars we all know and love, like the Koenigsegg One:1, Bugatti Chiron, or the Pagani Huayra BC aren’t special, because they certainly are. They’re just well known, and even if you haven’t seen one in person, you’ve seen one on TV or Youtube.
So, in light of Easter this year, we’ve decided to look back at a few cars that are very much “Easter eggs” of the automotive world, and that’s if you can even find them at all. I’m talking about cars like the aforementioned Tushek Renovatio T500, or the Tramontana XTR. Some of these car’s never made it into production, while others were produced and fizzled away into automotive history. Either way, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.
Continue reading to discover a few automotive Easter eggs.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
Click past the jump to read our entire list and check out our full infographic.
The Tramontana R won’t exactly win any beauty contests, but what it lacks in overall physical appeal, it more than makes up for in power. It pushes out 720 HP from its V12 engine, bringing the supercar to a top speed of 201 mph, and now it has a little brother that exceeds even those expectations. Tramontana has announced the development of a new supercar that will deliver no less than 888 HP.
The first details revealed by the Spanish company suggest that this new supercar will be called the XTR (Xtreme sensations) and will feature radical chassis modifications and will clearly be oriented towards pure performance. That performance will come out of the same V12 engine found in its older sibling, but tweaked to pump out a total of 888 HP with the use of a new, ultra-rapid competition gearbox. Tramontana will also be offering additional aerodynamic elements to optimize the vehicle’s performance at high speeds.
Expect to see the new Tramontana XTR launched by the end of 2012, but get those speedy hands and checkbooks ready, only 12 units will be built a year and each will set you back $514,000.
It’s been almost exactly two years since any news about Tramontana or any of its cars was updated here on TopSpeed and as a result of this lack of news, we couldn’t help but think the small firm had gone under.
However, if GTspirit is to be believed, the Spanish brand has reached a massive milestone in its growth with its first dealership set to open in Barcelona, Spain in the coming days.
Set to open on June 27th, the showroom will be launched in conjunction with Sports Cars Events & Management although no further details about the opening have been released. In saying that, this new dealership should help production of the Tramontana R rapidly increase if, of course, the small brand can drum up enough interest in its present model line-up and any future cars Tramontana may have up its sleeve.
As a reminder, the Tramontana R is powered by a V12 engine pumping out 550HP in base tune, or 720HP when optioned with two additional turbochargers. Consequently, the R is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds and continues onto a theoretical top speed just over 200 mph, although no real figures have been released due the limited number of Tramontana’s produced thus far.
A few days ago we went on a visit to Jay Leno’s garage via YouTube and had the chance to watch Leno drive the Tramontana R. Today we come with some more news about the Spanish supercar. While filming Jay Leno’s episode, the Spanish driver, Oriol Servia, revealed that the Tramontana was preparing a racing version powered by a V10 engine developed by Cosworth.
The standard Tramontana R is powered by a V12 engine that develops 550 HP or 720 HP with two turbos. Despite this amazing power the Spanish company has difficulties in selling the car so a racing version was the next logical step to ensure future sales. It will be lighter than the road-legal version and will come with more power under the hood.
When you’re running down the list of the most expensive cars in the world, chances are you’d have a Rolls Royce in there and maybe a couple of Bugatti Veyrons too. But would you, under any circumstances, write down a Tramontana as one of your top 5?
If you said no, then you’re not alone. And if you didn’t put a Tramontana in there, then you’d be wrong, too.
€2 million. That’s what this custom-made, one-off Spanish Tramontana supercar costs, making it the fourth most expensive car in the world, sharing its spot with an equally rare McLaren F1. The only three cars that are most expensive than this one is the ‘Star of India’ Rolls Royce and a couple of Bugatti Veyrons.
While the car’s performance – it has a twin-turbo V12 engine that can produce as much as 760 horsepower with a 0-100 kmh mark of only 3.6 seconds – more than justifies the enormous price tag, the main reason why it costs so much is because of the precious paint, which was mixed with a number of gems and gold, that was used by Fernando Leal-Audirac – in designing the car.
The effect of mixing paint with gold and gems results in the paint producing an iridescent effect, which makes it change colors when it’s hit by sunlight. Audirac designed the Tramontana in such a way that it takes on the look and feel of a silk fabric.
You rarely come across a car that’s been painted with traces of gold on it so this Tramontana supercar is definitely one for the books. The best part is, if you have €2 million to spare, you can actually buy it and be the envy of all your peers.
This car makes the Pagani Zonda look like a Honda Accord - both in exotic looks and production numbers. The a.d. (advance design) Tramontana is only made in annual batches of a dozen or less, and the company has still found the capacity bring a special version to the Geneva Motor Show called the R-Edition.
Compared to the Tramontana V12 Biturbo, the R-Edition weights only 1268 kg or 2795 lbs, down from 1360 kg (2998 lbs). In this case the weight distribution changed from 42/58 on the standard version to 50/50.
Built from carbon fiber and with 720 hp under the hood, The R-Edition makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds, and from 0 to 124 mph in 10.15 seconds; top speed is 201 mph.
A new luxury sports car has been developed in the Costa Brava, Spain. It mixes old timers philosophy and air craft technology. The new A.D. Tramontana starts his own history at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2005. Seeing an A.D. Tramontana on the high street, however, will not be easy, as the European company will produce only 12 units a year.