Bertone Mantide Concept.

Written by Thomas Baekdal | Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stile Bertone have made a new concept car, the Bertone Mantide, and I like it.

So what so special about this car - I mean besides how it looks? It is made by Stile Bertone, which is the same design firm that created the Lamborghini Miura and Countach. Its chief designer is Jason Castriota, who has also worked on the Ferrari 599, the Maserati GranTurismo and the absolutely stunning Maserati Birdcage concept.

The car itself is built upon a Corvette ZR1, although with a completely different body and interior. It is much 220lbs lighter, and its extreme form is 25% more aerodynamic and produces 30% more down force.

From Bertone: Mantide's futuristic design draws equal inspiration from modern aerospace and the world of Formula One. The iconic theme is clear to see: a teardrop-like fuselage, which tightly encases the mechanicals and the passenger cell, which is embraced by two prominent wrapping aerodynamic appendages. While shockingly bold and technical, Mantide's unique design maintains sensuality unique to Italian sports cars thanks to a futuristic interpretation of the classic Kamm Back two volume silhouette.

The aerospace inspired design aesthetic is further characterized by innovative yet beautiful forms which are fully driven by performance: the low-slung nose, jet fighter style teardrop canopy and butterfly opening doors, as well as the numerous air inlets and exhausts for maximum air efficiency.

This makes for a potentially wild ride.

Behind the scenes look

Stile Bertone also documented much of how it was made, with a number of interviews, behind the scenes looks, and a lots of other interesting stuff. You can see all 15 videos over at their YouTube channel.

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