Het Italiaanse designhuis Spadaconcept heeft meegedeeld te zijn begonnen met de productie van hun Shooting Break, de Spada TS (Turismo Sportivo) Codatronca.
De auto, die, samen met de Vandenbrink GTO, voorkwam in de coachbuilding-top 10 van autoblog.com levert volwassen prestaties. De eerste berichten spraken van 700 pk en een top van 355 km/u. Dit is een beetje teruggeschroefd naar ‘meer dan 600 pk’ en een top van ‘meer dan 340 km/u’.
De auto voldoet aan de FIA GT1-reglementen en is ook nog eens lief voor het milieu, met een optionele ombouw naar E85-biobrandstof. Als uitgangspunt voor het design zijn de creaties van mede-oprichter Ercole Spada uit de jaren ’60 genomen. Spada werkte vroeger als designer bij onder andere Zagato, waar hij werkte aan de Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ, TZ1 en TZ2.
De naam Codatronca is overigens afgeleid van de vorm van de auto: ‘Coda Tronca’ is Italiaans voor ‘afgeknotte staart’. De nadruk van de bolide ligt op aerodynamica, lichtvoetigheid en handling. Op 24 maart zal de Spada officieel gepresenteerd worden tijdens het ‘Top Marques’-evenement in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Turin, 17th March 2008
After three months of tests and trials Spadaconcept – the
Italian design studio founded by Paolo Spada (former designer at
Smart and Honda) together with his father Ercole, (former chief
designer at Zagato and BMW), Domiziano Boschi (former Mc Kinsey) and
Wojtek Sokolowski – has launched the production of its supercar, the
Spada TS Codatronca. With this car Spadaconcept cherishes and revives
the important heritage of Ercole Spada and the philosophy which
characterized each of his creations. The company’s vision is centered
on “functional design”, which, according to Ercole Spada, means to
express the functionality of an object through its shape. Following
this vision Spadaconcept came up with a genuinely breaking product,
something bold an daring. Far from creating a show car where anything
is allowed, Spadaconcept has worked creatively but within strict
feasibility constraints, in order to reach the quality standards of a
niche, handcrafted production. The performance of this car is
maximized by introducing aerodynamic lines such to mould a light and
essential body. The result is an extremely stable and manageable car,
able to achieve good racing performances by exploiting at the best
the power of its engine, with an original and nimble shape and
essential but elegant interiors.
The first version, named TS (Turismo Sportivo), is a car with a
naturally aspirated engine with more than 600 HP with race
performances. Despite the focus at Spadaconcept wasn’t on “pure”
power but rather on aerodynamics, lightness and handling, this car
can still reach more than 340 km/h due to a short ratio gearbox and
complies with the FIA GT1 regulations. Care for environmental issues
has resulted in SpadaVettureSport’s decision to add to the menu an
ad-hoc “converter kit” which allows fueling the car with E85 green
fuel, with a slight increase in torque and power.
With this new sport car Spadaconcept aims at reviving the
philosophy that inspired Ercole Spada’s past models, in an attempt to
combine aesthetics with functionality and racing performances. This
new model is the latest evolutionary step of the truncated tail –
“coda tronca” in Italian. The typical and aerodynamic shape which
Spada had introduced with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ, TZ1 and TZ2 in
the 60’s – gives this new car unique and nimble lines which bring in
lightness and aerodynamics improving performances.
TS Codatronca, will be produced and commercialized by
SpadaVettureSport – a company created and controlled by Spadaconcept
– in collaboration with a team of selected technical, industrial and
commercial partners. SpadaVettureSport has aggregated highest level
knowledge and expertise around this project by establishing strategic
alliances mainly with small firms located in the district of Turin
with great past histories and amazing skills. These partners have
great tradition and specialization and allow SpadaVettureSport to
combine the “best of breed” in technology with the tradition and
“saper fare” – i.e. the Italian for know how – of Italian small
firms. The industrial partner FS Group (a firm based near Turin, who
has already realized prototypes for Mercedes, Smart, Range Rover)
will realize the body, using material supplied by Elantas Camattini,
and PPG. The partner Italtecnica (a small firm located in Cambiano,
near Turin, already involved in the tuning of Paris-Dakar and Le mans
cars for Peugeot) will work on braking system, suspensions and engine
upgrade, Sparco – the manufacturer of tuning products based in Turin
– will supply seats and other interior items, Pirelli and OZ Racing
will provide respectively tyres and wheels, while Alcantara S.p.A.,
the italian company that produces the omonymous and unique material,
has selected a tailored Alcantara® for the interiors. AIM-sportline
will give the board-instrumentation, that thanks to the great
expierence in the racing world, will even permit the storage of more
than 80 hours of telemetry datas. Meccaniche Veloci will supply the
dedicated on-board watch named “QuattroValvole”.
For the launch of this supercar SpadaVettureSport has signed a
co-branding and co-marketing agreement with AZNOM, a small company
based in Monza operating in the production of accessories and luxury
items, who will realize and commercialize a line of amenities with
the Codatronca brand. The agreement signed by SpadaVettureSport and
AZNOM has a long term perspective and involves joint efforts to
approach the market.
The Codatronca TS version will be presented in world première
the next 24th april in Montecarlo. According to SpadaVettureSport the
TS version is a first step which will be shortly followed by others
upcoming. The more powerful TSS version – Turismo Super Sportivo –
which is already under test at SpadaVettureSport, will be launched at
the end of 2008. In order to realize this unique car Spadaconcept and
SpadaVettureSport have put in place a manufacturing system such as to
meet the quality standards typical of niche, handcrafted production.
In the present of Spadaconcept there is a strong focus on the
core business – consulting and design of niche cars, motorbikes and
accessories like helmets, seats, etc. – but looking to the future,
the company has started to explore new fields, especially bio-ethanol
powered cars and it is currently working in the development of an
Environmental Friendly Vehicle (EFV).