The Mexican car industry has never grabbed our attention. But, leaving existing – and relatively tame – native manufacturers such as Vuhl and Mastretta in the dust, a new vehicular venture from the central American state has shifted things up a gear, and looks set to bring the noise to the supercar market.
Or should that be ‘megacar’? For that is the term with which a pioneering Mexican carmaker have ambitiously labelled the – wait for it – ‘Inferno Exotic Car’. In a stunning example of pidgin English – albeit one that takes its inspiration from Dante’s fiery fiction ‘The Divine Comedy’ – the brand have truly thrown everything at this car and, two years after the initial announcement, it is finally slated to go into production later this year.
But has it been worth the wait? You tell us. The power alone is enough to make your brain hurt. With a nice, round 1,400bhp at your disposal, the twin-turbo V8 lives up to its explosive namesake, and the result of this power is said to tear your car from a standstill to 62mph in just 2.7 seconds. And it doesn’t stop there – we’re told to expect a top speed of 245mph.
The power alone is enough to make your brain hurt. With a nice, round 1,400bhp at your disposal, the twin-turbo V8 lives up to its explosive namesake
Weight-wise, the Inferno Exotic comes in just shy of 2,646 pounds, meaning it weighs little more than a Mini Cooper. But, with a super-light, super-alternative bodywork crafted from a revolutionary new zinc/aluminium/silver alloy known as ‘metal foam’, it has the strength of an armoured car.
With the ability to stretch up to 100 times its original size – reportedly – the bodywork is said to be able to withstand impacts without changing shape or denting. But does this mean it is indestructible? That’s certainly what the ‘megacar’ manufacturer want you to believe.
Speaking of styling, we’re unsure what we think of the Inferno Exotic. On the face of things, it looks like designer Antonio Ferrarioli, formerly of Lamborghini, approached the design with the same process as those who named the car – that being, ‘what would appeal to a teenage boy?’
With the ability to stretch up to 100 times its original size - reportedly - the bodywork is said to be able to withstand impacts without changing shape or denting
But statement sells, and with owners already lined up for the 11 cars being built during the car’s first production run, it looks like the Mexican manufacturer have hit a rich vein of demand.
“It was really important to us,” Inferno CEO Alvaro Gutierrez Ochoa tells Gentleman’s Journal, “to show solid proof that such an ambitious project was possible. It was also so gratifying to see the level of support within the industry – be this people or institutions – who were willing to help with our vision with the same level of passion we did.
“We are confident,” he adds, “that with these newfound alliances between the best companies and specialists in the automotive industry, the Inferno will be a success.”