Friday, April 17, 2009

NOVITEC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ferrari-Like TuLesto Supercar

NOVITEC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ferrari-Like TuLesto Supercar

Famed Deutsch tuner of all Prancing Horse models, Novitec Rosso, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the creation of an extremely limited production supercar that will be built in a mere 11 units called TuLesto - now you know why we prefer that German makers stick to alphanumeric names. In its official release, Novitec Ross makes no mention to Ferrari but we cannot help but notice the similarities in the design with the F430. Still, it remains to be seen if the TuLesto is actually based on the Italian supercar.

The TuLesto's chassis and the integrated safety cell are made entirely from aluminum, helping keep the weight low. According to Novitec Rosso, the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum construction results to a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.62 kg/hp.

Novitec Rosso TuLesto - CarscoopThe TuLesto is powered by a mid-mounted 4.4-liter dual-supercharged V8 engine producing 777HP at 8,200 rpm and a peak torque of 727 Nm at 6,300 rpm, launching the car from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in less than 3.4 seconds and to 300km/h or 187mph after just 22.6 seconds. The supercar's top speed is said to be in excess of 350 km/h or 218mph.

Power is channeled to the rear wheels through a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox with carbon-fiber paddles behind the steering wheel and an integrated anti-slip differential An adjustable traction control system with launch control is also included in the package.

The TuLesto features double-wishbone suspension front and rear, height-adjustable struts with various selectable damping rates, and adjustable sway bars plus a system that allows the front to be raised 40mm at the push of a button to help the car tackle everyday situations like parking ramps.

Novitec Rosso TuLesto - CarscoopStopping power is provided by an anti-lock braking system that features ceramic composite discs and six-piston fixed calipers front and back.

Measuring 4,620mm in length, 2,040mm in width and 1,220mm in height, the TuLesta is slightly bigger than the F430 (4,512mm, 1,923mm and 1,214mm respectively). The design of the sports car is the result of a cooperation between NOVITEC and the Italian design studio Luca Serafini Stile in Modena.

There are no photos of the supercar's interior but Novitec Rosso claims that the cabin has a "decidedly sporty nature but also offers creature comforts such as a climate-control system and a high-end sound system".

Via: Autoblog.it

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