fornasari racing buggy june 2009 002
With 610hp on tap, routed through an AWD system with 60% rear bias and built around a version of the RR600 chassis, the vehicle is sure to overpower most of the competition as well.
Before you dismiss the hulking computer rendering before you as an dirt-only racer, know that it seats five, is intended to be not only road legal but luxurious - and series produced. It will start out at about €80,000 ($112,000) in Europe, according to the company. Exactly how many are to be built and when they'll be available hasn't been revealed.
It's a big vehicle, however, measuring 17ft (5.20m) long, 7ft (2.15m) wide and 6ft (1.85m) tall. Weighing in at a fairly sturdy 3,500lb (1,600kg), it's also surprisingly quick, accelerating to 62mph (100km/h) in just 3.8 seconds - as fast as a Corvette ZR1.
That's not the only General Motors link in the Fornasari Racing Buggy chain, either. The engine powering the off-roading beast is a GM-sourced V8 unit displacing 7.0L at rated at 610hp (455kW) and 552lb-ft (748Nm) of torque.
The AWD system also sports a viscous center differential and a Dana 44 rear end for power and durability. Either automatic or manual six-speeds can be ordered, a rarity in large performance SUVs of late.