Concept, work of art, or self-indulgence gone wild?

Concept, work of art, or self-indulgence gone wild?

The Geneva Auto Show features a lot of smaller companies showing off innovative design work, using engines and other parts from bigger, more well-known carmakers, but a.d. Tramontana blew me away with the most outlandish design of the show. If the Tramontana were from one of the big carmakers, it would be a concept, but a.d. Tramontana is presenting this car as something that will be put into production. With front wheels mounted on struts and a large, rear-mounted engine, the Tramontana borrows its basic body shape from Formula One racers. But it also borrows its cockpit from jet fighters, with two seats fore and aft covered by a canopy. It adds wood paneling on the sides of the nose, which is either a nod to Country Squire station wagons or Chris Craft runabouts. But really, this car is no joke. Its V-12 makes 720 horsepower, getting it to 62mph in about 4 seconds and putting its top speed at about 186mph.

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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