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Slovenia's supercar: The Tushek Renovatio T500

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August 20, 2012

The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with scissor doors

The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with scissor doors

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In the future, every nation on the globe may just have its own home-brewed supercar. We're getting closer every year, one country at a time. We've seen a 1,100-hp electric supercar from Croatia. Brazil and Poland have chimed in with their thoughts on supercar design. The Netherlands and Denmark have represented. Now, Slovenia has a little something to say.

Truth be told, establishing a unique country of origin may be the most difficult part about building a "supercar" these days. While some supercar start-ups really wow us, the concept of supercar has been watered down to a predictable formula of dropping a derivatively styled composite body atop a lightweight chassis, throwing in a (possibly tweaked) V-8 engine from a more established automaker, and jotting down a ~3.5 second acceleration time and ~200 mph (322 km/h) top speed to round things out. Whammo! Your country just made it to the great world atlas of supercar manufacturing.

The Tushek Renovatio T500 follows the script pretty closely. It derives a 2,500-lb (1133-kg ) curb weight from a combination of tubular chassis and carbon fiber/composite body. The low weight means that Tushek didn't have to get too fancy when shopping around for engines. The 4.2-liter Audi V-8's 450-hp output is downright measly when compared to some of the Renovatio's supercar contemporaries, but it still empowers 3.7-second 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) and 193 mph (311 km/h) claims. Eventually, we'll have a proper designation for exotic-but-not-that-exotic cars like this one, but for now, Tushek is obliged to call it a supercar.

When it comes to styling, the Renovatio T500's main claim to intrigue is that it's a removable hard-top convertible in a world where supercars tend debut as hard-headed coupes, with convertibles following sometime thereafter. It also has a pair of scissor doors, a feature that always manages to catch the eye. Other than that, it has a typical mid-engine stance, and its front reminds us of a Camaro – nothing all that unique or memorable.

The Slovenian supercar

The car should impress its drivers a little more. The Renovatio T500 is the brainchild of Tushek founder and race car driver Aljosa Tushek. Tushek's first effort is designed to be driver-focused and race-inspired, a car that is both effortless and fun to push to the limits. Far from the barren, utilitarian race car cockpits of some supercars, the interior is trimmed in suede and includes comforts like air conditioning and an audio system with Bluetooth.

“As a race driver I have long dreamed that I would be able to drive a road car that provided the response, the turn in, traction and tactility that we expect from a race car but that could be usable every day," Tushek explains on his website. "Our car is full of emotions and emotion enhancing technology, much of it focused around lightness creating one of the best handling, lightest and fastest supercars on the circuit with uniquely good looks for the road."

Tushek debuted the Renovatio T500 at the Top Marques Monaco in April. It will show the car for the first time in the U.K. next month at London's Salon Privé. The car is hand-built upon order and carries a base price of €300,000 (US$370,000 as of publishing). Only 30 models are planned. Potential customers may want to wait a year or so, however, as Tushek says that it will debut the lighter, higher performance Forego T700 next year.

Source: Tushek

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C.C. Weiss Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.   All articles by C.C. Weiss
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9 Comments

yet no mention of the kitcar it's based on?

It's a modified K1 Attack kitcar.....

nothing extra-ordinary about that really.

tgintz
20th August, 2012 @ 03:18 pm PDT

I like the way they took some of the photos in the hangar of the Slovenian Air Force. Adds some real credibility, don't you think?!

OzJester
20th August, 2012 @ 05:59 pm PDT

Croatia seems to be well represented with the Rimac "Concept One" Fully designed and engineered exclusively by Croats! As a Croat from the United States, i am proud of Mate Rimac and Rimac Automobili!

They have promoted the engineering capabilities of our little country to the whole world!

I don't want to forget Doking and the Doking XD fully electric city car also from Croatia. They also have an electric super car planned !!!

GO CROATIA!!!

Mladen Lučić
20th August, 2012 @ 09:37 pm PDT

@Mladen Lučić

what does this car have to do with Croatia? It's Slovenian.

mommus
21st August, 2012 @ 05:21 am PDT

Based on SLOVAKIA made car.







PeteSVK
21st August, 2012 @ 07:35 am PDT

Interesting thought; this car costs $370,000, but it's powered by an Audi RS-4 engine. For the same price of this car, you could buy a Lamborghini Aventador, or you could have a Ferrari 458 with $144,675 left over, or you could have a McLaren MP4-12C spider with $104,250 left over, or you could go ahead and just buy a used RS-4 for $35,000 and have $335,000 left in your pocket.

For that amount of money, to buy a kit-car with a relatively unknown badge and an audi crate engine, I think it represents poor value in comparison to more established competitors in the supercar business, although it is supposed to be lighter than an Aventador, and the Gumpert Apollo uses the same engine.

PeetEngineer
21st August, 2012 @ 01:49 pm PDT

Well, for my nation of 2+ million people, every success is very important. There are plenty of things we achieve and even produce. I don't say that this car is something really special, but the fact that it came to Gizmag is enough for me. Also, the planes in the hangar are ultralight, which are (some) also all electric, so, please think a little before criticising.

Srečko Lavrič
21st August, 2012 @ 03:09 pm PDT

How much of the curb weight is engine? I expect the body+frame to be under 1K lbs. Keep the sexy design and use a power train that gets 100+ mpg and you have the world's first eco-super car. Why? Because it would sell if priced under $50K. And it would still bring prestige to the maker.

Don Duncan
21st August, 2012 @ 04:24 pm PDT

You know...to be a car "maker" you have to make more than *ONE* car...in fact, unless you make at least 500, you are just assembling kit cars in your mother's garage!

Ed
21st August, 2012 @ 10:45 pm PDT
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