TURIN, Italy — Italian automative company Bertone is developing a hypercar — that will run on garbage. The GB110 is the first high-performance car that will be supplied with fuel made out of plastic waste.
The limited edition run of 33 vehicles has been launched to mark Bertone’s 110th anniversary. They are known for iconic designs such as the sharply angled “Italian Wedge” shape of the Lamborghini Countach.
Bertone hasn’t released a price tag for the car, but say it will be “akin to a piece of art,” and allows potential owners to choose a series of modifications to suit “unique tastes and identity.”
Jean-Franck Ricci, CEO of Bertone, says in a statement that they “have partnered with the company Select Fuel which has developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into renewable fuel. We believe that de-pollution will require different solutions with combinations of technologies. Plastic waste needs to be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel we take what was once waste and convert it back into its original form.”
Boasting 1100hp, the GB110 is claimed to do 0-100 kph in 2.79s, with a maximum speed “over 380 kph” (or 236 mph).
A company statement reveals the marque has been lying dormant in recent years, but is being revived and reinvented by new owners Mauro and Jean-Franck Ricci.
Project and design manager Giovanni Sapio explains: “The GB110 is continuing Bertone’s automotive legacy and is a contemporary interpretation of the Bertone DNA. It’s paying homage to pioneering Bertone designs from the 50’s and 70’s, merging the soft, rounded lines of the 50s with 70’s style sharp edges.”
Adds Select Fuel: “We recognize that plastic waste is a major environmental problem. We have committed to developing technologies that convert polycarbonate materials into renewable and sustainable fuels. With our cutting-edge Advanced Plastics to Fuel Technology, Select Fuel products can be used in many different applications. Our fuels are used in everything from the transportation industry and renewable aviation fuel to motorsport and high-end sports cars including the Bertone GB110.”
Report by South West News Service writer Dean Murray