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Bertone GB110: The rebirth is a limited series hypercar

Bertone GB110

The Bertone brand is reborn from its ashes and its second life begins with a limited series hypercar: the Bertone GB110, which in its initials celebrates the 110th anniversary of the founding of the company, created by Giovanni Bertone in Turin and which became famous in world for having signed some of the most beautiful sports cars after the Second World War onwards.

Only 33 Bertone GB110.

Relaunched by the new owners, the brothers Mauro and Jean-Franck Ricci, owners of Ideactive, the revived Bertone wants to establish itself as a “coachbuilder” of exclusive models in small series: the Bertone GB110 will be built in just 33 units and will be the first of a series projects dedicated to those who will be able to appreciate the combination of tradition, technological innovation and style, while going against the current in terms of mechanics. The new sports car is equipped with a traditional powertrain, devoid of any form of electrification and powered by synthetic fuels.

1,100 HP on synthetic fuel.

The mechanics are precisely one of the prominent elements of the project: the engine, of still unknown origin, is capable of reaching 8,390 rpm and delivering 1,100 HP and 1,100 Nm. Thanks to the collaboration with Select Fuel, a company specialized in the field of alternative fuels, this endothermic unit can be powered by a synthetic fuel derived from plastic waste and push the Bertone GB110 from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.79 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.79, from 0 at 300 km/h in 14 and to guarantee it a maximum speed of 380 km/h: values made possible also thanks to the work of containing the weight, which stands at an altitude of 1,520 kg. The unit is combined with an all-wheel drive scheme and a seven-speed gearbox, on whose behalf more precise information has not been disclosed. A choice that concerns various constructive aspects of the car: regarding the chassis, Bertone limited itself to indicating that it will use double wishbone suspension with four-way adjustable shock absorbers (with 255/30 21″ front tires and 335/35 22″ rear ) and that the dynamic tuning will be handled “by a German manufacturer”.

Between historical suggestions and innovation.

Style is obviously the key element around which both the project and the relaunch of the brand revolve. The Bertone GB110 has the typical look of mid-engined sports cars and in its forms it recalls some elements of concept cars and famous models of the Turin coachbuilder. Here we find vertically opening doors, with a glazed lower area inspired by the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept, and strongly geometric elements that recall the side panels of the Alfa Romeo Carabo (1968) and Lancia Stratos Zero (1970). On the front and at the rear, on the other hand, we find the main aerodynamic elements and LED light clusters that give the car further personality. Bertone has confirmed that it has developed the lines based on technical and aerodynamic needs, using only stylistic elements necessary for the specific function for which they were designed.

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Tribute to Marcello Gandini with the Prototype Unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show: A Unique Model Exuding Elegance and Personality

From May 24 to 26, the BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most spectacular cars from different eras and around the world will compete in various categories to win prestigious awards. Among these are the coveted BMW Group Trophy awarded by the Jury, the traditional Coppa d’Oro based on public votes, the Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, and the special ASI Trophy for the best-preserved post-war vehicle.

The presence of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) at this unmissable international event is highlighted by the display of the Citroën GS Camargue prototype from the ASI Bertone Collection. This car enriches the theme dedicated to Marcello Gandini – the recently deceased master of car design – set up in the park of Villa Erba on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Also at Villa Erba, as part of the “Amici & Automobili” event, the ASI-affiliated Veteran Car Club of Como will accompany the Camargue with a precious selection of historical cars from its members.

The Citroën Camargue was first presented at the Bertone stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with great enthusiasm from both the public and the press. Built on the innovative Citroën GS platform, which was launched in 1970, the Bertone coupé, styled by Marcello Gandini with the assistance of Marc Deschamps, retains the compact sedan’s layout and dimensions. The car features distinctive front and rear overhangs – the front being much more pronounced to enhance the car’s dynamic look. Lower and wider than the GS, the Camargue boasts a wedge-shaped front typical of Gandini’s style, contrasting with a truncated rear end supporting a broad, panoramic canopy with amber-tinted glass, paired with a chic metallic champagne-colored body. Despite its striking and original design, the Bertone proposal did not reach commercial production due to Citroën’s economic crisis during those years, which led to its merger with Peugeot in 1974.

The format of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este includes a double location in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. On Saturday, May 25, the exclusive Hotel Villa d’Este’s park will host the display of all competing cars, the jury inspection, voting, parade, and the awarding of the Coppa d’Oro and special prizes. Simultaneously, Villa Erba will host the “Amici & Automobili” meeting with an exhibition of historical cars from clubs and enthusiasts.

On Sunday, May 26, the event will continue at Villa Erba with a festival celebrating automotive passion: all cars in the competition will be displayed in the park until the concluding parade, where the Design Award, class prizes, and honorable mentions will be awarded.