Bertone’s Comeback Supercar Produces 1,100 HP With Trash-Based Fuel
The Bertone BG110 is the world’s first hypercar “supplied with fuel made from plastic waste.”
The Bertone name is legendary in the realm of performance automobiles—the Alfa Romeo Montreal, the Lamborghini Countach and the Miura were all shaped by the Italian coachbuilder before it folded in 2014 after over a century of business. Now under new ownership, Bertone is staging a comeback with a bold hi-po hypercar featuring ambitious fuel tech to match.
Owners Mauro and Jean Franck Ricci, founders of a globally successful engineering consultancy, are revitalizing the Bertone name with a mid-engined supe called the GB110. Predicted performance specs include 1,100 horsepower, zero to 62 mph in 2.79 seconds, and a top end in excess of 236 mph—all on fuel made from plastic waste in partnership with “Advanced Plastic to Fuel Technology” specialists Select Fuel.
“We believe that de-pollution will require different solutions with combinations of technologies. Plastic waste needs to be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel we take
what was once waste and convert it back into its original form” CEO Jean-Franck Ricci said in a statement.
Details are currently vague, but based on a stated “development of chassis based on components from a German manufacturer” and the inclusion of door handles and mirrors from the Lamborghini Huracan, Road and Track posits that the GB110 will utilize the same basic chassis used on the Huracan and Audi R8.
The automotive outlet also picked up on the exhaust note of a V10 in this reveal video. To get the promised output from the Huracan’s V10, a hybrid system and/or forced induction would be required.
There are nods to classic Bertone-designed automobiles.
The top-down view reveals soft curves on the sides that merge into a round rear end, channeling the lines of Franco Scaglione’s Alfa Romeo Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica (B.A.T.) series of one-offs presented in 1953, 1954 and 1955.
The side view shows an inverted C-shape inherited from the Lancia Stratos Zero, a rare and aggressively wedge-shaped concept that’s sought after today.
R&T makes makes a slight but entirely plausible stretch in speculating about the name’s significance. The GB110 is a nod to Gruppo Bertone’s 110th anniversary, but it’s almost identical to that of the 90s-era Bugatti EB110—named in celebration of Ettore Bugatti’s 110th anniversary. Coincidence?
More details will be revealed between now and 2024, when the first deliveries are planned to begin.