a.d. Tramontana R-Edition Driven

What does Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, sangria, fiesta and bull-fighting have in common? Well, each has a more-than-close connection with Spain. A new fact connected with Spanish culture has emerged in the last couple of years, and that is the hand-manufacturing of exclusive automobiles. The a.d. Tramontana is the fruit of the work of just a few dedicated engineers and designers in the Costa Brava region of Spain.

An extremely exclusive V12-powered supercar, with just 12 units per year to be manufactured, the F1 car-lookalike Tramontana just got an R-edition, which was unveiled to the media on the 24th of February.

Just so it happens that Nick Hall had the chance to test drive one of the few 720 hp R-Edition models of the Tramontana and he even brought a camera to film it all. He was kind enough to tell us about it and now we can pass his experience on to our readers.

The whole car is technically a huge engine bolted to a 100% carbon fiber chassis. The 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine is of Mercedes-Benz origin and has two stages of power, which can be set by its driver. In normal mode it can smoke about 90% of cars on the road with the "regular" 550 hp and 890 Nm (656.4 lb ft) of torque.

If that doesn't satisfy the driver he can always flick a switch on the fighter-jet-like cockpit's dashboard and "tune" the engine to produce no less than 720 hp and 1.100 Nm (811.3 lb ft) of tire-torturing torque.

We cannot put it through our heads how it would be like to drive (or should we say manhandle?) a car weighing just a little over 1200 kilograms, with a heart-pounding V12 delivering over 700 horsepower to the rear wheels. Well, without further a due, here's the closest you can get to that experience:

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About the author: Alex Oagana
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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