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Thursday, 7 August 2008

FortuneSport Rt.S and Rt.R, the new USA supercars

Low weight vehicles equipped with a huge 6-litre V8. This recipe for supercars has once been used in De Tomaso Pantera, but it will get back to fashion with FortuneSport new creations, the Rt.S (S for Street) and the Rt.R (R for Racing). For now, all that can be seen of the new North American supercars is this drawing, created by the cars designer, Emre Husmen:

The development process of the cars will be something incredibly new. First of all, the Rt.S will only be available after the Rt.R, which will work as a development prototype for its street version. Late this fall the program for Rt.R will start. Sixty people will have the chance to take part of it, all of them necessarily with at least US$ 200,000 in their bank accounts.

At first, these people will have to pay FortuneSport US$ 20,000 in order to be part of the group. Later, they will have to travel to Atlanta in order to have the car fitted to their bodies, since the seats are integrated to the chassis. This will cost them US$ 80,000. At last, about three weeks later, the car will be ready to be driven at non-professional track-day events and other events promoted both by FortuneSport and Skip Barber Racing Schools. This is when the last installment, US$ 100,000, has to be paid to FortuneSport.

The program will take 3 to 5 years to complete. When it finishes, the US$ 200,000 will be totally refunded to FortuneSport clients, unless they want to keep the vehicles, which will weigh only 750 kg and be powered by 510 bhp engines. The vehicles that are returned to FortuneSport will go to the company's museum or be used as mule prototypes for future product developments, as well as racing cars. If most of them are returned, a good part of them will be destroyed.

The experience with Rt.R will allow the company to create the Rt.S, a car that will be heavier (900 kg) and less powerful (350 bhp), but will preserve its sport credentials. Teritius Fortune, founder of the enterprise, estimates it will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 s and reach a top speed of 280 km/h. Built by Panoz Group, the car will cost US$ 85,000.

Source: FortuneSport

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