It's the start of a new era for legendary design house Italdesign.
Legendary design house Italdesign recently made a comeback to the supercar scene with the formation of its new Italdesign Automobili Speciali division, a company that specializes in producing limited-run supercars. Its first new supercar is the striking Zerouno, which debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show and sold out before the second car was shown at Pebble Beach. Its similarities to Lamborghini supercars are no coincidence: it was designed by Filippo Perini, the same man who penned the Huracan, Aventador and Veneno.
Only five Zerounos are planned for production costing $1.6 million each, the first of which has been delivered to its lucky new owner. The first Italdesign Zerouno was handed over to Steven Lismont, an "important automotive sector entrepreneur and car collector" who travelled all the way from Belgium to the company's Turin factory to pick up his new car. Lismont specced his Zeronuno in the same livery and configuration as the white model that was revealed at this year's Geneva Motor Show. To experience the Zeronuno's extraordinary performance, Lismont was treated to a test drive around Italdesign's headquarters that lasted around 60 miles.
"Based on same experience I wasn't expecting such a high-performance vehicle to be so easy and pleasant to drive," he said. "It's a car that provides amazing sensations during sporty driving, but it's also suitable for everyday use. This combination of craftsmanship, sportiness and every day usability makes the Zerouno unique." Lismont's car was delivered by Italdesign's CEO Jorg Astalosch, along with members of the company's Management Committee and the team that worked on the project. "We are proud to have Steven as our first customer and to start a legacy with him. His feedback during the development and production was extremely important."
"Based on his experience we improved the ZeroUno further. We are especially proud of the quality of its design, engineering and production, starting from the visuals, over the HMI design and functionality, to the interior material use and the vehicle performance." The Zerouno rides on a carbon-aluminium modular frame and has a body made entirely out of carbon fiber. Powering the limited edition supercar is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter engine provided by Audi Sport with 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque sent through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox. Its performance mirrors the Audi R8 V10 Plus, with a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a 205-mph top speed.
The second Zerouno has already been built with a racier exterior, and recently went up for sale at a dealership for $3 million, making it as expensive as a Bugatti Chiron. As for Italdesign's next limited edition supercar, the company is already considering a convertible Zerouno if there is enough customer demand.