When a bunch of former F1 engineers get together, wild machines that you and me know as cars are born. The story of AD Tramontana is something similar. In case you’re wondering, AD stands for Advanced Design. F1 engineers inspired by fighter Jets and supercars got together on the coast of Catalunya, Spain. Lo and behold, hypercars with the Tramontana badge were born.
While the boutique hypercar making firm has been building and selling cars since 2010, the latest and maddest of them all, the XTR, is all set to hit Indian shores shortly. Tramontana produces a limited number of hypercars each year with volumes being confined to double digits. Exclusivity is a given, and so are painstaking hand crafting and bespoke design to suit.
While most super and hyper cars are built with concept of the the driver having to adapt herself or himself to the car, AD Tramontana ditches the traditional approach towards building hypercars. Essentially, the firm builds the hypercar around the driver. In a nutshell, AD Tramontana is that point where bespoke car building intersects with the hypercar world.
Virendra Mittal of the Yolasland Group is incharge of setting up AD Tramontana’s operations in India, where the demand for hypercars is growing by the day, what with the numbers of the well heeled seeking out bespoke automobiles bulging at its seams. Why, India already has the Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Porsches, Ferraris and even the Koenigseggs of this world.
Coming to the mad machine that AD Tramontana intends to serve up in India, the XTR is the latest in the small list of road legal hypercars that the Spanish firm has produced. Designed like an F1 car, the Tramontana XTR features a fighter jet like cockpit that encloses twin seats in a unique tandem layout, again inspired by steel birds of the sky.
Copious use of carbon fiber and advanced aerodynamics dictate the shape and form of the XTR hypercar, which clearly is a case of function dictating form and rightfully so. Two longitudinally mid mounted engine options are on offer. The base motor is 5.2 liter V10 borrowed from the Audis and Lamborghinis of this world.
The naturally aspirated V10 motor makes 600 Bhp of peak power at 8500 rpm and 580 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. For forks who like their rides with forced induction, there is the 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 motor from Mercedes Benz AMG. This unit churns out 888 Bhp of peak power at 5850 rpm and 920 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm.
This much shove and twist on a rear wheel driven hypercar that tips scales at around 1.2 tons is good for some really racy performance. AD Tramontana, as a philosophy builds road going hypercars that are designed for use even on city streets. Even so, cars such as the Tramontata XTR are best confined to the race track, especially coming off an Indian context.
A 3 crore rupee price tag is what the Tramontana XTR is likely to be sold at. A CBU import that arrives straight from Spain, the hypercar is currently awaiting regulatory clearance from the Indian government, before it can be unleashed on Indian streets. A dealership at Mumbai with dedicated service support is on the cards for the bespoke hypercar brand from Spain.