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NOVITEC Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ferrari-Like TuLesto Supercar

Famed Deutsch tuner of all Prancing Horse models, Novitec Rosso, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the creation of an extremely limited production supercar that will be built in a mere 11 units called TuLesto - now you know why we prefer that German makers stick to alphanumeric names. In its official release, Novitec Ross makes no mention to Ferrari but we cannot help but notice the similarities in the design with the F430. Still, it remains to be seen if the TuLesto is actually based on the Italian supercar.

The TuLesto's chassis and the integrated safety cell are made entirely from aluminum, helping keep the weight low. According to Novitec Rosso, the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum construction results to a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.62 kg/hp.

Novitec Rosso TuLesto - CarscoopThe TuLesto is powered by a mid-mounted 4.4-liter dual-supercharged V8 engine producing 777HP at 8,200 rpm and a peak torque of 727 Nm at 6,300 rpm, launching the car from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in less than 3.4 seconds and to 300km/h or 187mph after just 22.6 seconds. The supercar's top speed is said to be in excess of 350 km/h or 218mph.

Power is channeled to the rear wheels through a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox with carbon-fiber paddles behind the steering wheel and an integrated anti-slip differential An adjustable traction control system with launch control is also included in the package.

The TuLesto features double-wishbone suspension front and rear, height-adjustable struts with various selectable damping rates, and adjustable sway bars plus a system that allows the front to be raised 40mm at the push of a button to help the car tackle everyday situations like parking ramps.

Novitec Rosso TuLesto - CarscoopStopping power is provided by an anti-lock braking system that features ceramic composite discs and six-piston fixed calipers front and back.

Measuring 4,620mm in length, 2,040mm in width and 1,220mm in height, the TuLesta is slightly bigger than the F430 (4,512mm, 1,923mm and 1,214mm respectively). The design of the sports car is the result of a cooperation between NOVITEC and the Italian design studio Luca Serafini Stile in Modena.

There are no photos of the supercar's interior but Novitec Rosso claims that the cabin has a "decidedly sporty nature but also offers creature comforts such as a climate-control system and a high-end sound system".

Via: Autoblog.it

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Special Edition Alfa Romeo MiTo RIAR goes on Sale

Earlier this year, Alfa Romeo announced that in celebration of the 46th anniversary of the Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo or 'RIAR' for short, it would launch a special edition version of the MiTo that would be produced in a mere 46 examples for the members of the international club. RIAR has now started to accept orders from its members for the limited run MiTo that is powered by a 155HP 1.4-liter Turbo engine.

Priced at €20,000, the MiTo RIAR is finished in black with matching head light and tail lamp surroundings as well as dark 17-inch alloy wheels similar in design to those fitted on the 8c Competizione. Other features include the red brake callipers, a roof spoiler and the restyled rear bumper.

Inside, the MiTo RIAR gets the full leather treatment as well as a carbon-fiber look plastics for the upper part of the dashboard and numerous 'RIAR' badges with the production number of the car.

Link: RIAR

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Ferrari 599XX: New Track-Focused Version with 700HP V12

The Geneva Motor Show saw the world premiere of the Ferrari 599XX, an extreme track-focused version of the Prancing Horse's two-seater GT. Destined to replace the FXX, Ferrari said that it will be organizing a programme of dedicated track events for the 599XX in 2010/2011. Since the car was conceived exclusively for track but not official competition use, Ferrari was not restricted either by homologation limitations or regulatory restrictions during the 599XX's development.

Ferrari 599XX Starting with the powertrain, the firm's engineers carried out extensive work on the V12 engine's combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts. These modifications, combined with the fact that internal attrition has been reduced and the maximum revs have been boosted to a whopping 9,000 rpm, helped achieve the target power output of 700 hp at 9,000 rpm. As for the transmission, a new gearbox shift strategy cuts overall gear-change times to just 60 ms.

The 599's handling has been improved thanks to the adoption of a second generation SCM suspension system while the new racing carbon ceramic braking system promises to deliver shorter braking distances. The track-focused 599XX is equipped with a set of split-rim wheels shod in slick tires.

As you can see in the photos below, the 599XX features a full aerodynamic bodykit that helps produce an amazing 280 kg of downforce at 200 km/h or 125mph (630 kg at 300 km/h or 187mph) according to Ferrari.

And if you're wondering what all these changes sum up to, we'll just tell you that Ferrari claims that the 599XX lapped the Fiorano race track in 1 minute and 17 seconds, or 1 second faster than the Enzo-based FXX.

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