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Some amazing cars were unveiled or shown at the Monaco Top Marques show - most are new this year with a few that are recent additions to the world.

Pics courtesy of Loic Kernen and SuperCars, most pics are from the show itself unless trying to fill a gap in views. I am providing commentary and details since a lot of these cars may be new to readers. Most commentary is courtesy of SC.
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Castagna Aznom

April 20th, 2007, Monaco - At the 2007 Top Marques Monaco Show, Castagna from Milan are displaying four lavishly appointed Mini Coopers and a sole Aznom supercar that's in stark contrast. It's a bespoke and rebodied Corvette Z06 that benefits from the Castagna's refinement and attention to detail.

From the outside, the exposed carbon fiber emphasizes a new theme for Castagna: performance. Using the Corvette chassis as a base frees them from any performance engineering which can largely be upgraded through after market venues.

Upon first glance the Castagna reminds us of the original 1953 Corvette with its modern interpretation of the floating grill. The lines of the car however are thoroughly modern and more aggressive than the current production model. At the front are two fully extended front lights and the rear's get the same treatment. The cabin has an Italian fastback profile but suffers from no rearward visibility. It appears that the roof is fully removable as well.

Castagna was founded 1849 by Carlo Castagna. It reached the peak of its glory days between 1920 and 1930 producing custom-built bodies assembled on some of the best chassis in the world. So exclusive were these bodies, that they won coveted awards at the Concours D'Elegance and the era's most prestigious shows. They made a comeback in 2004 with the Mini Wagon, and now the Aznom takes them into supercar territory.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to speak with Castagna at the show, although we are informed that an official launch will take place in May.









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Weber Sportscar

Weber Sportcars from Tobel, Switzerland are dreaming big with their latest mock-up revealed at the 2007 Top Marques Monaco show. What they have in mind is a 250 mph, carbon fiber supercar that is shaped largely by aerodynamics. After nine months of computer-aided design, they were able to make a full size model of what the final shape might look like. Included is an active rear wing that changes in angle for both acceleration and braking.

Power for the new Sportscar will come from a 7.0l supercharged V8 that will churn out 950 bhp to the rear wheels. Other equally impressive features include 12-piston carbon/ceramic disc brakes, a fully sequential gearbox and a speculated 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds.

Options will include a versatile on board computer with timing devices, a multimedia kit or a full race 'package' which might make it eligible for endurance sports car racing.

Over the next year it will be interesting to see if Weber can elevate this project to the next level. While we don't particularly like the styling, if the new car can achieve any of the aforementioned performance figures we will pay close attention.







 

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Leblanc Mirabeau

Mirabeau is the newest car from Wysstec GmbH and Leblanc cars. It's a new proposal for a racecar and prepared to FIA/Le Mans standards .The fact that it is street legal, is almost unbelievable.

To reach the maximum of lightweight building and race feeling the car interior is optimized for maximum of speed and acceleration. There are some special options, including leather interior and a sequential gearbox.

Power comes from Koenigsegg's V8, the same engine found in the CCR. It is equipped with a Lysholm Screw Compressor, which has several advantages to the common centrifugal compressor. It creates a higher boost-pressure at lower rpm, thus increasing both acceleration and control at low speed. Lag time during shifts and on-off throttling are reduced to a minimum.









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Gemballa Mirage Evolution

As it turns out, the photoshops of Gemballa's Carrera GT coupe didn't lie. Thier proposal to make one of the most outrageous supercars is now a reality on Supercars.net and we have pictures of their new model in the wind tunnel.

Gemballa USA is seriously representing that they are going to modify a Carrera GT in much the same way they push out the current 911 to make over 750 bhp. That is, attach twin turbochargers and make a 1000 bhp monster.

However, Gemballa's ambitions don't end there. This hypothetical makeover also includes a gullwing doors and a new carbon fiber roof, tested in the wind tunnel for 250 mph crusing.

Do we believe this? Oh yeah! Unfortunately, Gemballa told the Dupont Registry it would take 1.5 million euros to complete the upgrade so we are guessing that our feature example will be the only one.








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Koenigsegg CCX

We all know this guy...

To meet international regulations and take advantage of the market potential in America, Koenigsegg have revamped and retooled their CCR supercar into the CCX. Named to commemorate 10 years since the first prototype saw the light of day, the CCX now meets the strict California emissions limits as well as other tough US safety laws. Fortunately, this process let Koenigsegg improve the CC, and as a result the CCX is larger and more refined.

So much so, the Koenigsegg won Top Gear's coveted test track challenge, but not without infamy. First time the around, the Koenigsegg went off the track, swallowing a tire, and was ridiculed for not having enough downforce. Fortunately, Koenigsegg weren't turned off by the mishap when they repaired and returned the car with a new downforce lip to suit Top Gear's presenters. The effort became worthwhile when 1:17.6 was achived, beating the Zonda F, Maserati MC12 and Ferrari Enzo.

For certification, one of the major issues Koenigsegg faced was conforming to bumper tests and safety issues while retaining the same basic shape that claimed the title of world's fastest 2005 production car. To do so they drafted a new set of body panels that lengthened the CC and made many more performance revisions possible. Changes now include a new front end with scoop for cockpit cooling, wheel extractors behind the front arches and new side rocker panels that enhance the under tray aerodynamics. At the back, more room is made for the exhaust, and better ducting helps the engine bay stay cooler. And just for that added flair, the supercharged V8 engine can now be seen through a clear covering.

Koenigsegg also spent a lot of development time to cast their own V8 that could drink US-grade, 91 octane fuel, yet still run at a high compression ratio. In the past, these engines were controversial, as they used a Ford Racing block with Koenigsegg manufactured components. However, for the CCX, Koenigsegg have made their own block casting, leaving no connections to Ford or the Mustang.

Despite all the regulatory changes, the CCX is still one of the world's fastest supercars. Back in early 2005, a CCR supercar had won the fastest production car title when it achieved 241 mph (387.87 kph) on at Italy's Nardo Track. However, with the introduction of the long awaited Veyron, Bugatti became the king of the hill and made the CCR second.

With the CCX debut slated for an upcoming debut at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, we can only hope that Koenigsegg might get sweet revenge. Their supercar, engineered and constructed in Sweden, certainly has the hallmarks of modern design: a carbon fibre monocoque, a supercharged V8 located mid-ship and an inboard, double wishbone suspension.

Each CCX is will be specially ordered, and for 2006, Koenigsegg have added a tasty list of new ingredients. Now on menu are carbon fibre wheels and carbon fibre disc brakes which can shed 11 lbs (5 kgs) per corner. Each car comes with a storable hard top and long list of equipment. A 'standard' car is delivered for $540 000 USD, while a fully laden car, like the one in our spec table comes for $610 910 USD.



 

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A sincere personal favorite :love:

Bristol Fighter T

Responding to the needs of some exacting customers Bristol have created a very special Fighter variant which, as ever, remains a compact and enjoyable car to drive around town or as an exhilarating track car. Yet it takes two people and their luggage in great luxury and ease for trans continental travel. The Fighter T (which will be an addition to the range) answers these requirements without losing one iota of street level credentials.

The highlight of the car is a Twin turbocharged and intercooled 8 litre Viper V10 engine that produces 1012 bhp at 5600 rpm and 1036 lb.ft of torque at 4500 rpm. Bristol Cars have over a quarter of a century of turbocharging experience, for, in January 1980 they introduced UK's first turbocharged car - the Bristol Beaufighter. The all aluminium uses two ball bearing, water cooled turbochargers with intercooling, uprated engine internals, high flow cylinder heads with high lift camshaft, a high capacity cooling system and a free flow exhaust with side exits.

Functional exterior styling changes and mechanical alterations to suit the extra performance. Aditionally, a lightweight sports interior is fitted.

A potential maximum speed of more than 270 mph has been electronically limited to a more than sufficient 225 mph at 4500 rpm. 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.

Bristol Cars believe that there is no other car with such a remarkable range of abilities.










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Gemballa GTR 650 Avalanche

With the new Gemballa GTR 650 Avalanche, based on the Porsche 997 Carrera, the Leonberg, Germany Porsche conversion specialist Gemballa has created THE absolute dream car for the 2006 sports car year, optionally on 19 inch or 20 inch wheels. This ultimate German sports car will be available to a selected clientele starting next year. With this refined, ultra-sporty and equally reliable automobile, Gemballa is continuing in its very own great tradition of sports car construction. The Gemballa Avalanche, Mirage and Cyrrus models from the 80's didn’t earn their legendary reputation for no reason.

The performance of the 2006 dream car is already the first attention-getter. The Gemballa GTR 650 Avalanche's motor boasts a breathtaking 650 hp. Part of the motor's conversion by the Gemballa engineers included eliciting an impressive 820 Nm torque, guaranteed to bring a satisfied smile to the driver's lips already at 4800 RPM. In comparison, the standard Porsche 997 model features maximum 400 Nm torque at 4600 RPM. The difference puts the GTR 650 Avalanche's sprinting qualities in a class all their own. The GTR 650 Avalanche reaches the 200 km/h mark in only 11.2 seconds, and its top speed leaves doubters in the dust: The irrepressible GTR 650 Avalanche engine delivers a maximum tempo of up to 335 km/h.

But peak performance wasn't the only item at the top of the Gemballa engineers' spec sheet. The Porsche conversion specialists placed just as much emphasis on the safety and durability of the Avalanche. Titanium piston rods, an intake system specially developed by Gemballa, three intercoolers and a special turbo configuration ensure Gemballa pleasure for a long time to come. And its lucky owner only has to share this pleasure with one passenger, because for safety reasons, from 650 hp the GTR 650 Avalanche is only available as a two-seater.

Massive eight-piston brake calipers and accordingly sized 380 millimeter diameter perforated disk brakes make sure the Avalanche also slows to a safe stop. The GTR 650 Avalanche sits on 19 inch wheels with tires sizes of 235 (front) and 315 (rear). The new 20 inch racing wheels are also optionally available, with tire sizes of 245 (front) and 325 (rear). For the particularly ambitious driver who would like to push the GTR 650 Avalanche's envelope, for example on the Nordschleife, Gemballa also offers an optional roll bar.

The new Avalanche's body and interior are equally as exclusive and unique as its driving performance and safety components. All of its add-on components are made of carbon. Fenders and sidewalls are all metal. And the future owner of the GTR 650 Avalanche can also look forward to Gemballa sport seats, a Gemballa sport steering wheel and aluminum pedals. Starting at 240,000 Euros, the new Gemballa dream car becomes tangible sports car euphoria.








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Mosler MT900 GTR

To stay competitive and also support a pending LeMans entry, Warren Mosler has let his German importer and English subsidiary develop a road car based on the MT900s which have raced GT championships around the world. Called the GTR, its highlights include an LS7 Corvette engine with tuning up to 600 bhp, Movit ceramic brakes and a low weight nearing 2300 lbs (1000 kgs).

The GTR takes all the design hallmarks of the original MT900 concept and pushes them to the limit. Specifically, the reliable seven liter engine from the latest generation Corvette Z06 is included as well as all the racing components that help the track version endure at the top level of motor sports. This is probably why Mosler of Germany (also a huge TVR outfit) calls their GTR the ''fastest production car for the track.''

While the exterior mimics the racing MT900s, including their huge carbon fibre wings, front splitters and rear diffusers, the GTR is much more civil inside. Here we have electric windows, remote locking, air-con, Recaro seats and a specially fitted Alpine stereo with carbon fibre speakers. Additionally, Mosler UK crafted up a new dashboard, instruments, carbon-fibre bits a new steering wheel with the script 'MT900' across the top.

Since the MT900 GTR borrows heavily from the Z06 it qualifies for the strict emissions regulations in the USA, but probably only in a normal state of tune. While the only one GTR is being flaunted in Germany, it is only a matter of time before the other headquarters in England and Florida begin to follow suit and include the Corvette LS7 engine in their lineup.

Each GTR built in Germany will be unique as the engine can be ordered in three states of tune and the interior can be appointed based on the customers wishes. For this reason each car could potentially weigh from 950 to 1100 kgs.

Hopefully production will blossom beyond the first Lamborghini Ballon White example and help Moslers appear at Lemans. The next step is setting up the new car and testing around the Nurburgring.







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Gumpert Apollo Sport

It is one of only a handful of super sport cars and after its debut at Geneva's international Motor Show in 2006 it was clear: the apollo is a synthesis of dynamic and design with pure driving pleasure and unique performance. On the road it speeds like a god and on the race track it cries out to be challenged by an opponent that can match its breathtaking acceleration and incomparable handling. Now, it is due to get a worthy competitor out of its own stable. At the 77th Geneva Motor Show, the Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur will present the apollo sport to the wide public.

The apollo sport is the rebel amongst the super sport cars. Its bodywork combines sexy curves with potent edges and angles and aims for uncompromising aerodynamics. A clear demonstration of the principle �form follows function�. Its challenging sporting design derives from the requirement to built a street legal racing car, whose number one priority is to provide extraordinary performance on the circuit, but at the same time embodying a vehicle suitable for daily use.

The highest importance was attached to safety: the tubular space frame in chrome-molybdenum steel with integrated safety monocoque fabricated in carbon-fiber passes all crash-tests regulations, while a cashbox offers additional protection. The gaping air intake stub over the roof and on the rear signals power, dynamics and superiority. The eight cylinder, bi-turbo mid-engine with up to 800 horsepower is capable of catapulting this 1200 kg missile from 0-100 km/h in only 3 seconds.

The apollo sport is equipped with an extended aerodynamic package and, in contrast to the three part spoiler of the apollo, possesses a racing wing which gives even more down force and pushes the Apollos's maximum speed up to 360 km/h.

As you can guess, it is not for nothing that this cars is named after the fierce Greek God.

The two-seater also convinces from the inside, with its sporty and elegant alcantara interior, and offers air-condition, CD-player, navigation system and reverse view camera as standard equipment. A two-layer metallic finish available in any conceivable color, gives this bolide a particular luster. As a special accessory the apollo is equipped with an airjack, a pneumatic jacking pad.

The standard version of the apollo sport costs 299.500,- � plus VAT.





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Faralli & Mazzanti Antas V8 GT

Another favorite due to sheer passion and quality

Antas V8 GT is the first touring car created in the F & M workshop. It is completely inspired by the philosophy and materials used in the custom supecars of the past. The body, for example, is made of aluminium and completely built by hand.

Antas is driven by a powerful V8 Maserati engine fed by carburettors and endowed with a pleasing elasticity of power, which gives the driver a sensation of steering typical of the great touring cars of the past. Because of this, when the time came to name this jewel, a word was chosen that comes from the ancient Tuscan language of the ETRUSCANS: ANTAS, which means EAGLE, the noblest and most audacious dominator of open spaces.

On delivery, ANTAS comes equipped with a case covered in blue velvet bearing the silver plate with the identification numbers; inside are a photography book and a DVD documenting the construction of the vehicle.









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Pagani Zonda F

No explanation needed :)



 

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Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

No explanation needed here either, we certainly have covered it recently








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Caparo T1

As the world's first road car to exceed 1 000bhp per tonne, the Caparo T1 will surely grab attention. Currently being developed by engineers that helped deliver the iconic McLaren F1, the T1 concept is a road going, two seat sports car using formula racing technologies whilst delivering safety and accident protection.

''To demonstrate our understanding of these fundamental vehicle engineering issues we set out to design an optimum package for delivering 1,000bhp-per-tonne,'' says Caparo co-founder Ben Scott-Geddes. ''Interestingly, the sweet spot on the curve that satisfies many of these issues is 500 horsepower in a vehicle with a mass of 500kg.''

Halstead and Scott-Geddes share an impressive track record and formed part of the small engineering team that worked with McLaren. In terms of sheer vehicle performance, their vision for the T1 is an ultra-lightweight car capable of reaching 100mph in five seconds, with a top speed exceeding 200mph depending on the adjustable aerodynamic set-up which will offer enough downforce to corner at more than 3gs, the same as a Le Mans prototype!

However, in terms of addressing industry issues such as safety and CO2 emission, the car will showcase the consultancy's core credentials. ''Concept vehicles are ten-a-penny and this is more than a one-off prototype," says Scott-Geddes. "The only way to truly convince car makers that we have the experience and skills to design and engineer a safe, reliable, cost-efficient albeit high-performance car is to actually design and build one. We then have something to discuss.''

The T1 powertrain comprises a bespoke 2.4-litre supercharged V8 aluminium engine with a mass of approximately 85kg. Similarly, the 6-speed sequential transmission with magnesium casing is a bespoke design with a mass of approximately 30kg. The carbon/aluminium honeycomb monocoque features a separate composite crash structure at the front, while the rear sub-frame specifies aerospace grade steel.

The non carbon-fibre steel suspension, for example, illustrates the company's ability to specify structural materials that can deliver the maximum performance at the lowest possible cost. Overall, the 150 000 GBP price tag underlines the company's ability to design and build an exclusive car at a relatively low price despite its ultra high performance.








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YES! Roadster 3.2

 

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Castagna Mini CrossUP


The CrossUP is a car that is perfect for a wide range of uses. Its variable suspension system and new tyres make it suited to any kind of road surface and fully adjustable to respond perfectly to any way you want to use your CrossUP. Its full extension is an impressive 25 cm, letting it take on an off-road path or travel safely on the highway with equal aplomb.

A third volume is added on, defining the exterior and forming a convenient pickup body, fully clad in scratch-resistant material. Spacious, key-locked compartments can hold the accessories best suited to the vehicle’s use. The handy, roomy exterior space can be fitted with special equipment made to fit the car’s use.

As always with our custom-built vehicles, the interiors are made to customer specifications. The display model gives a sneak preview of our ‘Vodka-Cigar’ mini fridge, specially sized to fit on all Mini vehicles between the front seats. Activate the Vodka” function, and it can keep small bottles of champagne and vodka chilled. Push the Cigar button and it becomes a convenient humidifier for fine cigars.









More pics and info at SC.

http://www.supercars.net/gallery/119513/1281/2.html
http://www.supercars.net/gallery/119513/1281/1.html
 

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That's some incredible pictures and information Wob, thanks. I really dig that Castagna Aznom and the Weber Sportscar looks like something out of a 1996 Playstation game. The Leblanc Mirabeau is a cool little piece too.
 

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why are you trying to blow up my spot? I was trying to keep things low :(
 

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I am not a big fan of carbon fiber all over the car but the Castagna Aznom is fucking sweet.

Thanks for the pics Wob. No Tiger Woods sightings in Monaco? :D
 

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Truly amazing cars which I will probably never see in my life-time, but thanks for sharing!
 
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