• Apr 6, 2008


Click above to view the GTA in our gallery

Back in February we brought you initial news of the supercar being developed by Formula 3 racing team GTA. The exotic was tipped to be powered by a mid-mounted 700hp V10, however, reports circulating around the internet now suggest that the ten-cylinder powerplant for this vaporware supercar will produce closer to 800hp and be sourced from -- wait for it -- Pontiac.

We'll take that one with an overloaded container ship's worth of salt. Last we checked, GM didn't have a V10 in its parts bin, and the mere idea of the General developing a bespoke engine just for this Spanish racing outfit's nonexistent sports car is ridiculous on its face. Now, add in the detail that this mythical powerplant would then wear the Pontiac arrowhead logo -- that's straitjacket-type stuff, people. We know the General is eager to put the excitement back into the Excitement Division, but come on. Let's be rational.


[Source: PistonHeads]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't care... that car looks wonderful from all directions, someone should make it :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, nice one. It's a beatiful take on the supercars theme. The doors remind me somehow of the curves on Gaudi's buildings
        • 6 Years Ago
        This looks like a Ferrari F430. And a bit like Bugatti Veyron from the side.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well ... you are not right on this one. Actually v10 engine is already here. It's 7.1 v10 and the base was corvette ls engine . How do I know this ? I can't tell but believe me ... sounds and works great ! It's beeing tested in opel racing car in Europe and also here in Michigan but just the engine itself. 2009 , 2010 ? Greetings
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really? How interesting. If this is an R&D GM thing, it will be difficult to persue in the extreame, given the newest economy/green/CAFE issues. Shut down 5 cylinders when uneeded? Small displacement/high RPM, turbo etc.etc. What fun! If only.......
      • 6 Years Ago
      {sarcasm}
      Why not source it from Volvo? It can't be that hard to squeeze together 2 of their 5-cylinder plants. I mean, a Pontiac v10 would require them to cut up engines in weird fractions (2.5 i4s, or 1.25 v8s) to be able to get 10 cylinders together. Plus, with Volvo, the shipping distance is shorter!
      {/sarcasm}
      Okay, I'm done.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In other news Cizeta-Moroder, La Forza and Vector are coming together to actually build a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is all just an elaborate teaser for the new 2012 Fiero.

      /kidding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, that could be interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FWIW, Pontiac does not "make" engines any more than they "make" cars. Pontiac is a brand name for particular cars made by GM, which have engines made by GM.

      Unless this engine is something out of a racing division which would have nothing to do with a production vehicle/engine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Guys, April Fool's was last week..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've never seen a more generic supercar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't GM working on XV-12 and XV-10 when they stopped working on the XV-16? I remember hearing about Holden working on the XV-12 project in Australia (Hence the Pontiac reference, Pontiac's becoming mostly re-badged Holdens).
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you pair this with the story on BMW selling GM its engines, and consider that the M5 and M6 use a 5.0L V10, and make the stretch that BMW would sell its most exclusive motors--which would end up in Pontiac and not Cadillac, then assume this Spanish company would buy through GM rather than direct from Germany, then you might almost have something...

      Tomorrow: Bob Lutz announcing GM killing Pontiac V10 due to CAFE, shifting more production to G5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM's overhead as too high to develop even a new, volume production V8. They're still making the 50+ year old Chevy motor, and now tooling's too expensive to ever change.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Japanese were decades behind the French and Italians with FWD. The Chevy V8 is decades behind everybody. It needs all kinds of add-ons to produce the power it does, and can't turn for long the kind of R's most OHC engines can do all day. GM can produce when it wants or must. Check the 3.6L V6, at the beginning of its development.
        • 6 Years Ago
        HP/L figures measure efficiency and engineering expertise. Do your own comparison. And please don't try to fool an engineer of over forty years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The OHV GM design has pretty much overcome all of it's disadvantages over the past few years, while really expanding its advantages. Did you know the 505 hp LS7 weighs 5 lbs LESS than the 414hp 4.0L V8 in the new M3, all while being physically smaller? 100 more horses, virtually twice the torque, in a smaller, lighter package. How is it decades behind? (And don't even ATTEMPT to put forth the HP/L argument).
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