Bertone builds a vehicle powered by plastic waste

30. 12. 2022 | Itech9642

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The famous Italian brand Bertone plans to return to the roads with the GB110 hypercar. Production is limited to just 33 units. This is the first project of the brand’s new owners, Mauro and Jean-Franco Ricci. The vehicle will run entirely on plastic waste.

The engine layout of the GB110 is not disclosed by Bertone. However, the company claims that it delivers 1,100 horsepower (820 kW) and 811 newton metres. The mystery power unit is said to reach 8,400 rpm. Bertone will supply the GB110 with fuel made from plastic waste. Select Fuel converts polycarbonate materials into a substance that can power the engine. The carmaker does not specify how much of this flammable substance it supplies to each car.

The automaker says the GB110 accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.79 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.79 seconds and to 186 mph (300 km/h) in 14 seconds. The top speed is reportedly 380 km/h.

The powertrain is a seven-speed gearbox, but Bertone does not specify whether it is an automatic or manual transmission. Bertone is also vague about the GB110’s chassis. The company’s announcement states that “it is based on components from a German manufacturer”. The car rides on independent double wishbones at each end and has four-way adjustable dampers. Bertone says the GB110’s exterior design is inspired by the brand’s wedge-shaped cars from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, such as the Lancia Stratos HF Zero concept. It has a pair of scissor doors. At the rear, there is a pair of trapezoidal exhaust outlets positioned one above the other.

There are no photos of the GB110 interior, not even general information. The open-door render shows a single cab with a raised fin separating the driver and passenger. The carmaker’s announcement also doesn’t give details about the GB110’s production. It is unclear where Bertone plans to produce the model and when assembly will begin. The price of the hypercar is also a mystery.

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