Sam Philip08 April 2010

Amoritz GT DR7: Brazil nut

Start-up South American manufacturer shows teaser sketch of 600bhp V10 supercar. TopGear books plane ticket to Rio

Amoritz GT DR7: Brazil nut

Brazil: a potent international force in many fields. Football. Large nuts. Waxing of the downstairs region. But not, as yet, supercars.

The snappily named Amoritz GT DR7 aims to change all that. Due to be formally unveiled in October and expected to look at least slightly like this swoopy teaser sketch, it's the brainchild of Brazilian designer Fernando Morita.

If it reaches production - and that's a significant ‘if', we realise - it could be the biggest thing to emerge from South America since, er, Maradona discovered the KFC Chicken Bucket. The Amoritz will pack a twin-turbo 8.4-litre V10, borrowed from the Dodge Viper and hoofing out at least 600bhp.

Beyond that, details are predictably scarce. We believe the Amoritz will get a similar three-seat configuration to the McLaren F1, with driver front-and-centre, and should be capable of running on pure ethanol. Brazilians like their ethanol.

Should Amoritz succeed in bringing the GT DR7 to the road, TopGear nobly volunteers to undertake the arduous journey to Rio for a thorough test drive. We fear it may take weeks, even months. But we shall selflessly persist until we have reached a verdict.

Sam Philip

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