Mantide To Tackle 'Vette ZR1 At The 'Ring?

The owner of Stile Bertone’s first – and so far only – Mantide is contemplating a full-blooded assault on the 7:26.4 Nurburgring lap-time set by the Corvette ZR1 on which his very special car is based.

Mantide is based on the Corvette ZR1...
Mantide is based on the Corvette ZR1...
The Mantide is owned by British-born financier and ‘gentleman racer’ Dan Watkins, who according to Bertone’s chief designer Jason Castriota is getting quite excited about the prospect of pitting his new machine against ‘the green hell’.

‘It has been a dream of mine from the outset of this project,’ Jason told PH on the phone from Italy this morning. ‘The logistics are not easy, as we’ll need to hire a professional driver – somebody who’s truly a Nurburgring expert like Stefan Roser – and then get the circuit closed for a few days.’

‘It would have to be a decent effort, because it will take a few days for optimising tyres and the suspension, but in theory if you make something lighter and more dynamic it should go better!’

But designer Jason Castriota says it's faster!
But designer Jason Castriota says it's faster!
According to Jason, the Mantide is around 30% more aerodynamically efficient than the already slippery ZR1, largely due to three elements of the eye-grabbing machine’s design which have been extensively wind-tunnel tested.

‘First of all we designed the flying buttresses to accelerate vortices of air across the rear deck, generating downforce without additional drag,’ says Jason.

‘One of the biggest factors causing drag is the wheels and tyres, particularly a car like the ZR1 which runs big 285 section tyres at the front. So the Mantide’s nose and the vents behind the front arches have been designed to move air around the wheels as freely as possible.’

Jason Castriota with his creation
Jason Castriota with his creation
‘The final touch is the Mantide’s flat floor, with diffuser and two small fans either side of the exhaust pipe to help move air cleanly from underneath the car.’

According to the designer, the result of this aero work is a cd factor of just .298. Coupled to a weight saving of 80kgs, and with the Corvette ZR1’s 638bhp supercharged V8 powertrain, the prospects of a quick ‘ring lap seem high.

But first the car has to get there. ‘To be honest it was my dream from the outset of the Mantide project, and although we started talking about it with the owner in a joking way, it’s starting to get a bit more real,’ Jason tells us. ‘I’d say the chances that we’ll do it are currently around 50%, but those odds could change for the better very quickly.’

The Mantide at the Goodwood FoS
The Mantide at the Goodwood FoS
One of the stars of the Supercar Parade
One of the stars of the Supercar Parade


 

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  • dasherdiablo1 10 Jul 2009

    To me that's how cars of the future should look!

    Wild and freestyle....I like the back and side but think the front lets it down as looks rather plain.

    I like it......

  • musicncars 09 Jul 2009

    Hmmm.why wouldn't it go up against the Viper ACR's record?

  • wtdoom 09 Jul 2009

    MattyLloyd73 said:
    This;



    Looks like this;



    Yukkity yuk yuk.....
    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • sl55amg 09 Jul 2009

    LuS1fer said:
    ...then the Viper beat the Vette.
    Future quote.....

    Then the Atom 500 beat the radical

  • sl55amg 09 Jul 2009

    LuS1fer said:
    sl55amg said:
    Why are people still referring to the ZR1 as the benchmark for the ring? There are a few cars that are quicker round the ring now, two in particular that this wont touch.
    I think only because it's based on the ZR1 so it will be interesting to see if it's faster than the real thing.
    I'm not sure whether interesting is the right word.... redface

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