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Bertone Mantide news - Mantide after ’Ring record? - 2009
Reports have reached us that the owner of the first Mantide, British gentleman racer Dan Watkins, is planning to take his £1.3 million supercar to the ’Ring with the aim of smashing the Corvette ZR1’s production car record.
That record stands at 7 minutes 26.4 seconds, but on paper the Mantide should go quicker: it shares its underpinnings and 6.2-litre, 620bhp V8 with the ZR1, but is 100kg lighter, 25 per cent more slippery and generates 30 per cent more downforce. It’ll manage the 0-60mph sprint in just 3.2 seconds, while the ZR1 takes a pedestrian 3.5 seconds.
We’re told that Watkins is considering renting out the ’Ring for three days and hiring a Nordschliefe expert driver in order to secure the record.
If Baron Von Stiggington is busy, Mr Watkins, could we recommend the lovely Sabine Schmitz?