You may have seen “the ultimate GT,” as Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann described the La Voiture Noire, at the Geneva Motor Show this week.
The one-off Bugatti that produces 1479 horsepower sold for a record amount of money for a new car – some $16.9 million!
Hidden in the hoopla at the show, however, was a lesser known but still impressive car based on a C7 Corvette chassis.
It’s the Italian Fornasari 311 GT that reminds some folks of a 1953-55 Corvette and a Mini Cooper from the front, a 1950s Mercedes and 2000s Chrysler Crossfire from the side, and a 2000s Ford Thunderbird from the back.
We prefer the look of the real C7 over this Fornasari that is said to have been inspired by the classic Italian front-engine GTs of the 1950s, but anything related to a Corvette catches our attention.
With its Corvette engine that produces 600 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque, the Fornasari can go from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 211 mph. A six-speed manual is standard, but a six-speed automatic is optional.
The interior, also from a C7, has been upgraded with Fornasari’s own trim and leather materials. The company claims to offer the “most exclusive and even the most eccentric materials” to customize each 311 GT to its owner’s liking.
Of course, the only drawback to the 311 GT for most people is the cost. Of course, if you have to ask how much it is, you probably can’t afford the $300,000-plus price tag of the Fornasari.
Just give me three ZR1s in red, white, and blue, or perhaps a rainbow assortment of five Grand Sports.
This blog post was based off an article that originally appeared at CarScoops.com. We received an email from Fornasari who wanted to clarify some of the information about the Fornasari 311 GT:
Dear Sir, I’m writing regarding the article on Fornasari 311 gt by Mr. Mitch Talley Mar 8, 2019. Thank you very much for the space you dedicated to it. Only a couple of details: the chassis is not Corvette C7 but our own spaceframe. The wheelbase is shorter and the track wider than C7. The car weighs 300 kg less than a C7. The interior is our own design (even if similar to C/ to use the same instruments. The price, most important, starts from $150.000 and rise up to about $ 300.000 for the 750 hp version. I’m a Corvette enthusiast, and I was producing the famous and rare Callaway LM back in 1994-1997 (I was Callaway dealer in Italy at the time), reason why you can see the second Callaway LM street version ever built (on Corvette ZR1 1990 base) Hope we will have other occasions to share ideas about Vette Best regards Giuseppe Fornasari
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