• Oct 25, 2010
Rossin-Bertin Vorax – Click above for image gallery

Wiesmann may have been forced to switch from V10 power to the new twin-turbo V8 for their top-of-the-line MF5, but a Brazilian upstart apparently thinks it can secure an adequate supply of ten-cylinder BMW engines even after they're discontinued. That's what's powering the vehicle you see here.

The Rossin-Bertin Vorax is set to debut at the São Paulo Auto Show later this month. It features a carbon fiber body over an aluminum chassis, cradling the Bavarian ten-pot in two states of trim: naturally aspirated with 570 horsepower, or supercharged with 750. The former is said to be good for a 3.8-second 0-62 mph time and a 205 mph top end. The latter marginally improves the acceleration time to 3.6 despite its 180-horse boost, but supposedly raises the top end to 231 mph. Of course, those figures are likely theoretical, as the vehicle appears to exist only in renderings at the moment.

Bankrolled by meat industry scion Natolino Bertin, Jr. and realized by former General Motors designer Fharys Rossin, the Vorax coupe is targeted to hit the market late 2011 or early 2012. A convertible version is slated to follow a year later, with overall production targeted at 500-1000 units in all and prices hovering around $400k.



[Sources: Argentina Auto Blog, Carscoop]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or it looks just like Nissan Juke?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You may be needing glasses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look at the round headlights and the whip-like lights above it. Juke-y to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man this car looks like a Mazda RX-X

      on side note whats the deal with all this rich people creating exotic car companies, I guess thats the new "gotta have" thing among their circles...
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's one of this exposed in the São Paulo Autos show. You can get some pictures from here:
      http://carplace.virgula.uol.com.br/vorax-fotos-do-superesportivo-brasileiro-no-salao-do-automovel/
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never thought it would be possible to base a modern sportscar design on the Ferrari 250 TR, but I have been proven wrong. Looks pretty decent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front looks kinda like a CR-X
      • 4 Years Ago
      reminds me of Mazda Shinari concept
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new RX-7???
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm in the Infiniti Essence camp. Thanks for the design rehash.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks more like the Infiniti Essence concept to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does everything have to be a supercar? Seems there is a gaping hole in the 50-75K market for a small, light, RWD 2-seater.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps per car, but I wonder how much profit is in an M3 or M5 based on ten thousand of sales vs. 500 of these.
        • 4 Years Ago
        there are higher profits with supercars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thought an aston martin front fascia and rx7 combined? Still such an awesome design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in Brazil, so believe me, this car will fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front looks good, but the rear looks ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Rossin-Bertin Vorax syndrome is a mental disease affecting nearly 1 in every 6.8 billion people on the planet. It betrays the infected with a heightened sense of machismo and ego up to the point where they think they can transition from the world of sliced meats and become competitive in the world of speed heats.

      AUTOBLOG EDITORS: Story idea - keep track of these pie-in-the-sky supercar start-ups and maybe check back on a handful of them annually (or every so often) so we don't totally lose track of these fly-by-night millionaires and their aspirations for automotive dominance. For instance - where is the all talk-no-show, Veryon record smashing, Dagger GT ?
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