When the folks at Stile Bertone decided to produce a new one-off supercar, they looked no further than the "King of the Ring" for underpinnings. But be warned, the Bertone Mantide is like no other Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 you've seen before.
Since it was conceived by the same design house that brought you the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 11 Concept, the Mantide is rich in Italian design. Bertone took the Nürburgring-tuned chassis and fire-breathing 638-hp supercharged V-8 from the ZR1 and wrapped in a futuristic shell.
Bertone says the design was influenced by modern aerospace and the world of Formula 1. A teardroplike fuselage that looks as if it came from a jet fighter encases the occupants. Butterfly opening doors further the similarities, and the concept's body is covered in various air inlets and outlets said to maximize efficiency.
According to Bertone, the exterior design aspects of the car are all functional. The company fine-tuned the aerodynamic performance of the car in an advanced, full-scale wind tunnel. The concept features a flat floor derived from Le Mans prototypes as well as a diffuser and "flying buttresses." The aero bits work together to increase efficiency, reduce drag, and apply greater levels of downforce. Also, carbon fiber was used for all body panels, interior trim, seats and even the wheels. The outcome is a weight savings of 220 pounds.
As a result, the Mantide achieves even greater levels of performance than the mighty ZR1. The 0-to-62-mph time is reportedly reduced to just 3.2 seconds and top speed rises to 217 mph. To ensure that the Mantide is stable and safe, Bertone incorporated a FIA regulation roll cage and carbon-fiber racing seats with four-point harnesses.
Sadly, as we mentioned before, the Mantide is a one-off concept. Alas, hopefully Bertone will at least bring the concept over to U.S. as it has with its concepts in the past. That way we can drool over it in person.