Brazil’s newest supercar and superstar, the Rossin-Bertin Vorax will make its debut at the Sao Paulo Auto Show later this month. The new supercar is powered by BMW’s own superstar engine, the 5.0-liter V10 from the E60 M5, both in standard configuration and supercharged.
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The 570 horsepower Vorax model runs from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and has top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). Meanwhile, the 750 horsepower supercharged model records 3.6 seconds and 372 km/h (231 mph).
While Wiesmann decided to phase out the V10 engine in favor for BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4 liter V8, the Brazilian startup went for the bang with one of BMW’s best engines. It is unclear how they will manage to secure the V10 powerplants, especially after BMW’s announcement on ceasing production of these engines.
The two men behind the Vorax are CEO and designer Fharys Rossin and Natalino Bertin Jr. The former is a 37-year-old ex-GM designer and the latter is the 29-year-old, car-mad heir to the Bertin Group of slaughterhouses. Their goal is to build a supercar that could compete with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche.
The Vorax coupe is targeted to hit the market late 2011 or early 2012 at a price of around $400,000.