Tramontana

Written by tonks on March 19, 2007

TramontanaThe 2007 Houston Art Car Parade that is scheduled for May 12 will be showing off the Tramontana. While it is a long way from the headquarters in Catalonia, Spain, but we really can’t think of anywhere else the Tramontana would fit in except surrounded by 100 or so sequined flights of fancy.

The Tramontana is “a combination Formula 1 racing car and fighter jet that can be driven on the street.” The plan is to “embody a revolutionary concept that incorporates the design qualities of the iconic Italian sports cars and the mechanical expertise of classic British models,” which we take to mean it will leak oil on the floor of your garage.

Under the hood, which is in the rear, is a twin-turbo V-12 with anywhere from 540 to more than 700 horsepower, governed by a selector on the dashboard. The body and the chassis are mostly carbon fiber. The original concept debuted at Geneva two years ago, and the company plans to deliver the first cars to customers this summer. Components include “carbon and titanium, and traditional elements such as specially treated wood, exotic leathers, and gold.” Gold is white or yellow. Leather is “cow, camel, crocodile, snake,” or whatever you want.

Seating is tandem, “the same as in fighter jets.” Each car will not have a serial number but will carry a unique verse of a poem written especially for the company by a local poet. The company plans to build perhaps 30 or so in the next few years. Cost “will vary according to the personalized details of the individual car,” but the company acknowledges “it could possibly become one of the most expensive vehicles on the market.” Which, we hear, likely means about $700,000. Top speed should be well above 200 mph.


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