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It's a precarious game making a racing car for the road. The Caparo T1 never seemed to have gotten off the ground, close as it was to a road-going F1 racer. The Tramontana is just about as close, but at half a million euros, the niche automaker is reportedly having trouble finding buyers.

The solution? Tap into the racing market. According to emerging reports from across the pond, Tramontana is considering replacing the twin-turbo V12 sourced from Mercedes with a Cosworth V10 for the competition model. The British engineering firm is known to many for its Formula One engine program: While it currently supplies 2.4-liter V8s to Williams, Lotus, HRT and Virgin, as recently 2006 it was still building 3.0-liter V10s for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Cosworth also has plenty of expertise building engines for other racing series as well as roadcars, so there's plenty to tap into to transform the Tramontana from a road-garbling beast to a curb-chomping racer.

[Source: AutoWeek.nltranslated]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. F1 engine. Wonder if it will be road legal as well. What would the service intervals be on that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Service intervals every 400km :)

        Or after qualifying.

        This thing is fast, no doubt, but ugly as sin (IMO). It looks like a hardtop prowler on steroids.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Half a million dollars........ I can think of a few other ways of spending that, a couple including cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The Caparo T1 never seemed to have gotten off the ground, close as it was to a road-going F1 racer."

      Don't you guys read EVO?

      They just had a spread in last month's issue about the Caparo, and talked at length how its still being developed since its official debut 2 years ago. The Zonda didn't fly off the books when it was launched, so to with the Caparo and the Tramontana.

      Stop writing like kids with ADD hopping from shiny to shiny. Supercars are like wine, and take time and patience to develop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As awesome as I imagine this thing being to drive, it sure looks like quite the awkward aardvark. I can't imagine spending 500k on this thing and being happy with the purschase. (But then again, I can't personally imagine spending that much on a car in general, so maybe those with means think on a completely different plane?)
      • 5 Years Ago
      cool, but I still would never even think to buy one over the competition. I'd much rather have a Viper ACR-X or something else that has proven its worth and actually looks great. This looks mashed together and ugly. Plus for this type of design, you would think it would be a tiny car like a lotus or a caterham. instead its massive. I dont care how it performs, I'll drive a scuderia, zonda, ccx, caterham, atom, exige, anything but this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good God, that thing is frackin' ugly. It's like a go-kart Pagani.

      I'd rather buy a Pinto and slap a car kit on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      not suprised... not everyone can pull out a pagani zonda...

      but at the end of the day. i wish i am rich enough to even get a test drive out of these kinda cars.. back to reality lol -.-
      • 5 Years Ago
      if thats not road legal (hell, even if it is), and it costs 500k give me an ariel atom, a Dodge Ram to tow it, and a 458 italia, i'll keep the change. When i feel like driving around a track, I'll use the Ram to tow the atom to a track and the italia for dialy use. K. Thx.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Hell, I'd be PERFECTLY happy with just the Ferrari!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog, if you watched the Jay Leno video the owner said it was going to use a V10 from cosworth, so Its not a rumor!
        • 5 Years Ago
        *it was going to receive to make it lighter.