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Italdesign’s Automobili Speciali first supercar, as fast as it is rare…

For nearly half a century, Italdesign has been the go-to consultant for the world’s automakers — the McKinsey of car designers. From the early stages of brainstorming to engineering and production, the Italian maestros have worked with brands such as Lamborghini, Audi, and Maserati to create some of the most celebrated vehicles in recent history.

The Italdesign Automobili Speciali has launched its very own vision of a modern supercar with the Zerouno, sharing some components with the Lamborghini Huracán (both Italdesign and Lamborghini are owned by Audi AG). The Zerouno boasts an entirely carbon-fibre and aluminum chassis and bodywork made exclusively from carbon fibre. This is all due to a singular focus on lightweight construction.

The Zerouno features an Audi Sport 5.2- liter, naturally aspirated V-10, similar to the powerplant found in the Huracán. Producing 610 horsepower, the engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Despite an output of 560 Nm of torque, the Zerouno maintains traction thanks to the vehicle’s AWD system, also shared by Lamborghini. The results are epic: The car’s projected top speed is 205 mph, with a zero-to-62-mph time of 3.2 seconds. The Zerouno also features integrated carbon-ceramic brakes, with eight pistons at the front and six at the rear, as well as a perimeter carbon-fiber turbine to cool the brakes.

Italdesign plans to build just five units of the Zerouno, each customised to the buyer’s specifications. The company is also offering the “Corsa” package, a track-only version of the supercar with accentuated aerodynamic features, carbon-fibre monocoque seat frames, a racing rear wing, and a titanium muffler to match the titanium exhaust system that comes standard. With a starting price of 1.5 million euros, the Zerouno offers the supercar exclusivity that the hyper-popular Huracán cannot. ■


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