Is the 1,800hp Corbellati Missile Going to be the Fastest Car in the World?
With the 2018 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, it’s that time of year where small start-up companies begin unveiling their ‘revolutionary’ inventions. This year, the biggest claim of all looks to be coming from Italian manufacturer Corbellati, who say their Missile hypercar is packing 1,800 horsepower and reach 500kph (311mph) – a claim which would make the Missile the new fastest car in the world…
As it currently stands, the world’s fastest production car (in theory) is the Hennessey Venom F5, which has an alleged top speed of 301mph (484kph). But is it at all possible Corbellati – a company of ‘jewellers, artists and art enthusiasts’ of which very little is known – about to break that record with the Missile hypercar?
Well, Corbellati couldn’t be more adamant about their claim and intentions, acknowledging many may think it’s just a ploy ‘to gain notoriety’ but arguing that it’s taken “months of calculations on the aerodynamics to get very little drag force and the necessary downforce to reach and exceed 500 km/h.”
So how are they achieving this speed? Unsurprisingly, the heart of the car is in its engine – a V8 9-litre biturbo, no less, which releases packs 2350Nm of torque as well as 1,800hp. Corbellati say aerodynamics play a big role too with the handmade bodywork constructed from sleek and undulating carbon fibre for some lightness.
The only other features the Italian manufacturers are giving away before Geneva are the braking system with carboceramic disks, the 20-inch 265/35 tyres at the front and 345/30 at the rear, and the self-levelling double quadrilateral air suspension.
As always, we’d suggest you take hypercar claims like this with a pinch of salt. There’s a reason companies like Bugatti and Koenigsegg haven’t broken the 500kph mark yet and there’s only a few places on earth that offer enough space to do it. Head over to the Corbellati Website for more info and roll on Geneva!
Also ahead of Geneva, Ferrari have announced the Pista 488, set to go head-to-head with the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.