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Old Concept Turns One-Off Supercar

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On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 3:16PM | By: Chris Weiss

Old Concept Turns One-Off Supercar

On any given year, there are a number of awesome concept car debuts. Many of these cars are the most interesting, exciting stars of major auto shows. Sometimes, they go on to limited-run or full-blown production. Many times they never make it past the concept stage and are retired to the annals of automotive history.

The past few years, we've had a pretty good run of concept cars being green-lighted. Intriguing, cutting edge concepts like the Jaguar C-X75, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento have all been approved for limited production, and other exciting concepts like the Lotus Esprit were designed to preview upcoming production models.

But we aren't always so lucky. Some sexy, high-performing concepts are left to be forgotten and mentioned only in passing every year or two in auto news stories.

One artist decided that one concept deserved to be more than just a forgotten relic of once edgy design and technology. Since Ford wouldn't build it, he's doing it himself.

The Ford GT90 concept launched at the Detroit Motor Show all the way back in 1995. The car was designed as a look at a potential GT40 replacement and a world-class supercar that could have laid down some serious ass-whoopin' on its contemporaries had it ever gotten produced. At a time when the world speed record was held by the McLaren F1 at 231 mph, the GT90 promised 235 mph. To deliver that promise, it used a 720-hp quad-turbocharged V-12 engine.

The GT90 had the ability to define the upper echelons of supercar-dom of its time, along with cars like the McLaren F1. But since Ford never built it, it never got that chance.

Well, Adam Pintek, an artist for software company Nvidia, has decided to give the GT90 the life it never had. Pintek possesses a rare mix of artistic flair, automotive experience, and (apparently) plenty of on-hand funding to give life to the GT90 in his garage. He intends to build a powerful car that's as true to the original design as possible.

While Pintek won't be using the original Ford V-12, he will push the car toward the pinnacle of performance using a twin-turbo 6.2-liter V-8 worth around 1,000 hp. And the car will reportedly weigh around 2,800 lbs. Pintek believes his creation will be able to compete with the likes of Bugatti and Koenigsegg, though I suppose it's as far from a 'production car' as you get, so no world speed record potential there.

Pintek is currently working on designing the body, and will move on to stages two and three: structuring the layout and tuning the engine. You can follow his progress at Nvidia's blog.

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