Tramontana (sports car)

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Tramontana
2009 Tramontana R.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerAtelier Tramontana
Production2007-present
AssemblyBarcelona, Spain
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-seater Formula One-inspired
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout
Powertrain
EngineV10 Version:
5.2 L (317 cu in) V10 naturally aspirated 660 PS (485 kW; 651 bhp)
V12 Version:
5.5 L (336 cu in) V12 twin-turbocharged 900 PS (662 kW; 888 bhp)
Transmission6-speed sequential
Dimensions
Wheelbase3,050 millimetres (120.1 in)
Length4,900 millimetres (192.9 in)
Width2,080 millimetres (81.9 in)
Height1,220–1,275 millimetres (48.0–50.2 in)
Curb weight1,268 kilograms (2,795 lb)

The Tramontana Car is a mid-engined Spanish sports car with styling inspired by combining Formula One racing cars and jet-fighters. Tramontana is a pure driver's supercar for authentic engine lovers. It is built by Atelier Tramontana, in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). It was launched as a concept at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and subsequently modified for production. It began as a project with the aim of breaking with conventionalisms and creating a new family of supercars. Only 6 a year are manufactured and they are all made under special request. In 2009, Tramontana introduced a closed top model named Tramontana R.,[1][2] and the XTR version in 2012.[3][4] The company is focused on the Tramontana Car, which is a bespoke supercar fully customizable by the driver.

Overview[edit]

Each unit requires over 4000 working hours. This is the equivalent of a racing engineer working full-time for three years to finish a single vehicle. It is understandable that Tramontana clients are meticulously chosen. There are no two identical units, once a Tramontana is produced, there will be no other like it. This vehicle took over ten years of development to get to its current state, an arduous undertaking from the engineering team and the active Formula 1 drivers who took part in the process.

Engine and Transmission[edit]

The most radical models are the Tramontana GT and the Tramontana XTR. The car is fitted with an aluminium mid-engined 5.500cc double overhead cam V12 Mercedes-Benz, twin-turbocharged engine producing up to 900 PS (662 kW; 888 hp) offering incomparable sensations from the 980Nm (678lbs of torque) of the engine on the track. To achieve this, each Mercedes-Benz engine is rebuilt, modified thoroughly and reassembled by racing engineers. Before fitting it into the car, Atelier Tramontana carries out a rigorous test of each engine at their production plant in Barcelona. Tramontana is simply one of a kind. Each unit produced in its facilities located in the Mediterranean coasts of Barcelona is absolutely pampered. In fact, Tramontana opted from its beginnings to drastically limit its annual production in order to maintain exhaustive control over each unit produced.

Other models are fitted with a V10 naturally aspirated engine that develops 660 PS (485 kW; 651 hp). This, in combination with a 6-speed sequential gearbox, launches the car from 0–100 km/h in under 2.8 seconds,[5] and gets a top speed of more than 325 km/h (202 mph).

Exterior and Interior[edit]

Atelier Tramontana established that each car has to be different from the other units produced by the company. They define their product as a bespoke supercar where every detail is designed by and for the driver. As with a Formula 1, there aren't but a few units, and each is a masterpiece. Tramontana is a superb vehicle created with passion, as was more common in days gone by "the good old days", but with the aid of the most advanced aerospace technology.

The Tramontana is made up of the carbon fibre monocoque chassis, with a honeycomb shaped structure that provides a minimal density and an extremely high resistance. As the Formula One safety cell that cocoons the driver protecting them from injuries. This allows weight reduction for the car. The Tramontana's carbon fiber monocoque was defined under FIA design and security standards. The chassis rigidity is always synonymous with high performance, chiefly in the world of high competition, since it is one of the key factors in the dynamics of the vehicle, in addition to the suspension system. The Tramontana chassis is in fact the most rigid in the world, including that of an authentic Formula 1. It supports a chilling 40G's of force before deforming. This is twelve times the G force that astronauts have to endure during launch. These perfectly balanced machines allow its owner, the highest performance driving experience of any production car.

Its Formula One inspired style as a perfect design: each curve in the bodywork was meticulously calculated and optimized to generate more than 250 kg of downforce, and lateral cornering forces of 1.3 G at high speeds. The Tramontana is fully customizable by the client, but as standard package comes with forged aluminum wheels, measuring 20". Other highlights include different aerodynamic options available to be chosen depending on the use of the car and a single canopy door that allows access to the tandem cockpit, this helps even more to get the perfect mass distribution of the vehicle. If the two seat option is chosen, the passenger sits directly behind and slightly higher than the driver remembering the fighter-jets tandem position. Its central driving position compliments its need for speed, it satisfies without question the needs of the most experienced drivers.  After all, Tramontana is a vehicle purposely designed for speed-loving mavericks in search of something more. For this reason it is obvious that Tramontana could be considered among the pinnacle of today's automotive industry. After all it is as close to Formula 1 as any road going car has ever approached.

The interior is a mix of aluminium, carbon fibre and leather. The driver also has the possibility to design the interior with gold and other finest materials. Only one unit of each car interior is produced and cannot be replicated. The bonnet badge is made of solid white gold. Engineering excellence blends with craftsmanship in perfect harmony

Vehicle dynamics[edit]

The car weights 1,268 kg (2,795 lb) with a suitable weight distribution and a really low center of gravity which allows it to turn curves at high speeds.

As expected, Tramontana equips elements of the highest possible performance. The suspension is an adjustable Öhlins double wishbone, a sequential six-speed paddle shift transmission, 380mm carbon-ceramic disc brakes with 6-piston AP Racing caliper. It is a real F-1 driving on the streets, even in performance.

It also has a suspension lifting system to adjust ride height depending on the road conditions. Electronics aids like traction control system and ABS are adjustable for different driving modes, from 0 (manual control) to 6.

History[edit]

It was launched as a concept at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and subsequently modified for production. In 2009, Tramontana introduced a closed top model named Tramontana R.,[1][2] and the XTR version in 2012.[3][4]

From the beginning, this automaker maintains a policy of super-confidentiality and extreme rigor in the sales process while choosing the end customer.

This inaccessibility of the automaker towards the average customer, even though it has sufficient resources to acquire the vehicle, has resulted the brand obtain great recognition among the most select collectors. At present it is known that there are units in Europe, America, the Arab Emirates and China, but there are not information about their final customers or their exact location.

The first vehicle built was the Concept Car fitted with an atmospheric V10 engine.

Tramontana built an exclusive series of eight cars in the most extreme Tramontana versions ever built, the GT and the XTR.

The No.1 was the test vehicle of the factory that was used to perform the dynamic improvements of the vehicle. Nowadays is almost certainly the most improved unit.

No.2 and No.3 were sold in Beijing. No.4 of 8 was acquired in Abu Dhabi and the fifth in Germany. The next two units were destined for the North American market. The last unit, No.8 out of 8, is currently in Spain, at the company's family headquarters. There is no exact record of the price, but the price is set between €800,000 ($911,000) and €1,100,000 ($1,253,000)

In 2019, the company continues developing its models and researching about the cutting-edge technology, chiefly regarding alternative propulsion technologies.

They has also worked on a 100% electric Tramontana intended for Drift competitions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Km77.com article" (in Spanish).
  2. ^ a b "EVO Magazine article".
  3. ^ a b "Tramontana XTR, más potencia para el deportivo español" (in Spanish).
  4. ^ a b "Tramontana XTR, el superdeportivo español sube a 888 CV".
  5. ^ "Tramontana R Edition - A Carbon Fiber V12 Monster". Automoblog.net.

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