The supercar maker that next to no one has heard of now has an upgraded version of their open-wheeled, jet-inspired vehicle called the Tramontana R-Edition. Based near Barcelona Spain, only 12 of these beasts will be made and while the aesthetics may not be every one’s cup of tea, its performance is undeniable.
Whomever was assigned to pick the powerplant made a good choice by turning to the dual-turbo 5.5-liter V12 from Mercedes-Benz that is center-mounted and tuned to give the driver 550 hp. In actuality, the driver has at their disposal 720 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque by way of an in-cabin control that boosts power. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a sequential six-speed transmission and results in acceleration to 60 mph in less than 3.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 202 mph. Thank God they kept it under 203 mph. Anything higher would just be unsafe.
Speed is not just a byproduct of the powerful V12 but the car’s minimal weight of only 2,795 pounds that is balanced with a 42/58 split to the rear. Despite what would appear at first to be an over-the-top style, the car is actually stripped of luxury or unnecessary pieces and comprised entirely of carbon fiber for the body. On the outside the R-Edition uses daytime LEDs, xenon headlights and fog lights that are integrated into the front splitter. Massive air intakes on the sides and a rear spoiler contribute to the car’s overall rocket ship styling, as does the in-line 1+1 seating that is reminiscent of an Apache helicopter with the rear seat slightly elevated above the driver. The use of carbon fiber makes an appearance even in the the 20-inch wheels that also utilize magnesium and allow a view of carbon ceramic brake discs and Brembo calipers. The adjustable suspension is exposed a la F1 style and the roof can either be tipped forward on a hinge or removed to complete the open air racing experience.
Inside, two customizable LCD panels provide the driver with the usual information conveyed through traditional gauges. In addition to the previously mentioned power boost, the driver has access to controls which adjust the traction control to one of four settings. Comfort items are limited to air conditioning and a stereo.
Never for once does the R-Edition pretend to be a daily driver. Whether its a weekend driver is debatable actually. In reality, this $485,000 car makes a legitimate attempt at providing a uniquely track-only Formula One style driving experience for a few lucky owners.