• Jun 1, 2010
Advanced Design Tramontana on Jay Leno's Garage – Click above to watch video after the jump

Jay Leno just keeps on living the car-obsessed dream. The comedian recently got a chance to hop into the cockpit of the Advanced Design Tramontana – answering the question about what would happen if you threw an Ariel Atom, KTM X-Bow and five kilos of cocaine into a blender and left it on for an hour or so. The car weighs around 2,700 pounds, which seems like quite a bit considering that there's a carbon fiber monocoque at the heart of this beast, but there's a surprise in the engine bay. A 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12 from Mercedes-Benz provides 750 horsepower to the rear wheels. The faint of heart can dial back the gusto to a more manageable 540 with the flick of a switch.

Advanced Design actually decided to plop an honest-to-goodness sequential six-speed gearbox behind that massive mill. Feel free to hop the jump to see the full clip from Jay Leno's Garage, complete with some very wild hair. It's cool, Jay. We won't judge.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      MAN that thing looks cool. Looked like a rough ride though...you could hear it in Jay's voice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How did it get California plates if it doesn't have front air bag and it looks like it can't pass NHTSA crash tests. I'm guessing it passed emissions because of the Benz motor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I enjoy Jay L segments.
      Sweet ride. Batman style would catch a few eyes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay was right about Gaudy being a big design influence.

      That burnout sounded pretty raucous - hoping the mike was just clipping.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Top Gear did a good clip on it. Why is Jay Leno always wearing those denim clothing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of the most unique cars in the world in my eyes. I must say it is on my list of coolest cars ever. Rare, powerful, and distinct.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh how I envy Jay Leno. Minus the chin and the hair.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like someone took the smudge tool to an F1 car in photoshop...meh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1. I want to drive this around a track more than any other car.
      2. Ditto for seeing its time around the "Top Gear" track.
      3. Is anyone else reminded of Dr. Steve Brule when Jay says "That's pretty cool" at the end?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The performance and sound is very nice but the car somehow looks "pregnant". The f1/indy/openwheel styling just does not show through in this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i didnt expect the 2700 LB...consider the small size and the amount of CF it has...must be the engine to wait all that much...

      i am pretty sure the lotus elise is quiet a bit lighter...
        • 4 Years Ago
        but it does not run 325kmph (202mph)... and does not cost €500,000 *gasp*
        • 4 Years Ago
        The size of low volume cars like this are often hard to judge. I saw the Hulme today, and it was suprisingly big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Koenigsegg CCX has a dry weight of 2601 lbs. Add maybe 200 lbs max for fluids and its 2801 lbs. It has 806 hp. Not exactly "beasted" by this. This has a 3.6lbs:1hp ratio. the Ksegg (claiming 2801lbs) is 3.5lbs:1hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        .... power to weight this thing beats everything but cars like the aerial atom including the elise/exige/Koenigsegg CCR/CCX/Veyron.... and with that suspension geometry, low center of gravity and down force I'm guessing it will be able to corner better than most.

        Take out the air conditioner, premium sound, and swap in a little toyota 4 cylinder and you'd be in the ballpark of the weight of an elise....

      • 4 Years Ago
      i can hear what kids all over the world are saying

      kid- "FORGET THE DAMN TOOTH SANTA, GET ME THIS F'ing CAR FOR CHRISTMAS!"

      parent- WATCHA JUST SAY...(chuckles).....(Then says to himself)....damn it santa, get me one too!
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