A new Mexican-backed supercar project has been revealed, promising 1,400 hp! The Inferno supercar is led by Mexican engineers but built by Italian specialists. Production is apparently scheduled to begin in 2016, although it isn’t clear whether there is a running concept yet.
The design work has been carried out by Italian Chief Designer Antonio Ferraioli who has apparently worked on a number of Lamborghini concept cars in recent years.
The bodywork is apparently a mixture of Zinc, Aluminium and Silver, referred to as “metal foam”. Apparently the company behind the project owns a patent to the material. It benefits from huge strength and a low density. It has been billed as stretchable metal, allegedly able to stretch to 100 times its original size in order to absorb impacts. By way of comparison, the density of steel is 7,600 kg/m3 whereas, the density of metal foam is just 4,300 kg/m3.
The Inferno supercar uses a V8 engine with 1,400 hp and a top speed of 395km/h. 0 to 100 km/h should be possible in less than 3 seconds. The design is also pretty extreme with plenty of cut out aerodynamic parts, a large rear spoiler and five rear exhausts. The matt grey and blood red colouring matches the car’s name.
In all reality, it appears as though the Inferno supercar is nothing more than a vehicle to gain attention for the company’s patents. Although the headline figures are pretty stunning, it appears as though production is a long way off. Still, it is an interesting vehicle to look at and the patents sound pretty interesting too. Perhaps this might be an insight into the next great thing?