P550 show stopper
August 24th, 2012
After carefully air freighting the one off prototype of the Vintech P550 across the Atlantic to its debut at the Quail Motorsport Gathering, the car received as much attention as many of the beautifully restored automobiles that graced the Pebble Beach event the same weekend. The PR media machine was in full swing in the lead up to its release, with great anticipation of this carbon fiber concept car design. Built by the Paris based Vintech team, an offshoot of a French design and prototyping company called d3groupe, this was their big unveiling, only completed less than a week before.
There was no disappointment when seen in the flesh. Up to this point there were a lot of computer generated renders which looked great from every angle, but up close, the attention to detail was evident in all aspects of the build. The carbon body is built over a custom space frame chassis – much like the later Porsche 550A. As the gullwing style doors opened, it was evident this tribute car belonged at Quail as a concourse prepared car.
The P550 retains classic 550 Spyder styling and accessories like the drilled handbrake and the rear grills, which continued under the engine bay where it housed the 3.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine styled like the renowned type 547 quad cam, in front of a Porsche five speed gearbox. The block was milled from a solid block of aluminum and fed by twin Weber carbs. Overall the car weighed similar to the original Spyder, approx 550kg which gave it great power to weight ratio, clocking 0-62mph in around four seconds with 268hp.?? As a one off concept car, there was no price tag seen, despite having multiple offers for purchase with open checkbooks. Unfortunately, at this point in time, it is unlikely that this car will ever go into production – it is just a teaser of what is possible.