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Konstantin Sheiko
March 12, 2018

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is undoubtedly one of the world’s automobile epicenters, annually attracting the best that the industry has to offer plus thousands of investors, potential buyers, and car enthusiasts. It is basically the United Nations General Assembly of ultra-performance cars. The show hosts major players like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and McLaren, boutique producers like Koenigsegg and Pagani, upstarts like Zenvo and Rimac, and even tuners-turned-manufacturers like Texas's own Hennessey.

This year the show had a constellation of stellar performances with exhibits like BMW M8 Gran Coupe, Bugatti Chiron Sport, Jaguar I-Pace, Lamborghini Huracan Perfomante Spyder, and Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo just to name a few, all competing for the audience’s attention and adoration.

There is one good thing about prominent high profile motor shows – it is the ability of the carmakers to catch us by surprise. This year’s laurels in the ‘surprise’ category belong to Italian manufacturer Corbellati. There is a chance that you have never heard the name before - as it pertains to the automotive world, nearly nobody has. Corbellati is a family name. And the business they were in for the last 70 years? Jewelry. A big step in a different direction, you might say. They, however, believe that creating high-performance vehicles with unique designs is not unlike making delicate jewelry. 

And if you thought that Bugatti, Pagani, and Koenigsegg built the rarest and most exclusive supercars, probably you were right – until now. Meet the Corbellati Missile, a new hypercar that's designed to deliver the ultimate performance. The Italian manufacturer used the 2018 Geneva Motor Show to unveil this new model, which packs some seriously huge numbers to become what its manufacturer claims will be 'the fastest hypercar in the world'. To that end, the car is fitted with a 9.0-litre twin-turbo, quad-cam V8 with a claimed 1,800bhp and a staggering 2,350Nm of torque. The power goes through a traditional three-pedal six-speed manual transmission.

With such a monumental amount of power, you would expect some big performance boasts, but at the moment, the only clue to the car's performance is a claim by Corbellati that the car's aerodynamics are designed to cope with speeds 'over 500km/h' – that is 311mph!

Corbellati says that the Missile's rounded carbon fiber bodywork is optimized to ensure the car will be stable at high speed, and the long-low profile of the car with its truncated rear end certainly stands out.

Other technical details include a carbon fiber chassis and double wishbone suspension with in-board dampers and air springs. All that power is fed to the rear wheels via a six-speed gearbox (there's no confirmation on whether it's a manual or auto) and the limited-slip differential, while carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers make sure you can come down from those insane speeds, while the handmade carbon fiber body keeps the Missile light.

The car shape is striking, taking inspiration from 1960s race cars. In a statement, Corbellati is committed to producing a hypercar with 'unique performance and unique design, just like a jewel'. The Missile is 'the fastest road jewel of the world', and is a 'union of elegance and technology'.

The goal is to test a fully-fledged prototype in the United States sometime in 2019—and, if all goes to plan, to break the 300 mph and 500 km/h barriers in the process. Whether or not they achieve their goal remains to be seen. But it is safe to say that everyone is intrigued.