Before I drool all over this wet dream on wheels, I've got to get three things that piss me off about Stile Bertone’s new Supercar off my chest:
1. They named a car this sexy, this powerful, the "Mantide." Try telling your buddies you wish you could have a Mantide. It sounds like something that washes up on the beach in San Francisco.
2. They took one of my favorite cars, the 638-hp, Corvette ZR1 monster... and actually made it better.
3. It's a one-off, which means you and I have no shot at ever driving it. Nope. That honor is gonna go to some rich asshole.
Now that that's out of the way...
The Mantide was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show last week. Created by American designer, Jason Castriota, his inspiration for the car was part modern aerospace and the part Formula One. The result is something so bold - with its low-slung nose, jet fighter style teardrop canopy and butterfly opening doors - it looks like it could melt radar guns standing still.
Which it probably could.
Castriota built all the body panels, interior trim, and even the seats and wheels, out of carbon fiber. The result is a savings of over 200 lbs off the already feather light, 638-hp Corvette, letting the Mantide rocket from 0-62 in a staggering 3.2 seconds, and top out at 217-mph. Good luck catching one officer, should your radar gun survive.
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