Meet Corbellati, The Latest Startup Trying to Build a 310-MPH Street Car

With an 1800-horsepower twin-turbo V8, a six-speed manual, and a body reminiscent of 1960s Le Mans racers, the Corbellati Missile makes big performance promises.

Bob Sorokanich

The Geneva Motor Show 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.

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But as I strolled the show floor at Geneva this week, one unfamiliar name caught my eye: Corbellati.

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Don't worry if you've never heard the name before. As it pertains to the automotive world, nearly nobody has. But the out-of-nowhere startup has an outrageously ambitious goal: To build a road car capable of exceeding 500 km/h—in other words, 310 miles per hour.

"My grandfather was a jeweler, sculptor, painter, he did a lot of stuff with art," Demetrio Corbellati told me at the Geneva Motor Show. "But his job, what fed him, was a jeweler, in Sanremo, Italy."

Demetrio's father moved the family out of Italy and to the Canary Islands. Since then, the family business changed from art and jewelry to entrepreneurship. And, more recently, supercars. "This is a new thing we are doing, financed by ourselves," Demetrio told me. "We don't have external support, because we want to keep it a family project."

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So far, that's exactly what it is. Demetrio's brother, Achille Corbellati, designed the car you see here. Achille studied mechanical engineering at Oxford, with a focus on motorsports engineering. His final project before graduating was a study of the aerodynamics of current LMP2 race cars.

To hear Demetrio tell it, the Corbellati Missile started out as a joke. "But then, we liked it so much, the bigger it grew, we decided to build it for real. We saw that it could be done."

The shape is striking. Demetrio, who took a year off from his graduate studies in architecture to help nurture the car project along, says the design takes inspiration from 1960s race cars. "I don't think there is anyone right now making a car with such a body," he told me. "Everyone is focusing on extreme aerodynamics, flaps and stuff. This is much nicer."

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But it's what's beneath the engine cover that really caught my attention. Corbellati plans to use a 9.0-liter Mercury Racing V8 engine. With twin Garrett turbochargers, the engine is said to put out 1800 horsepower and more than 1700 lb-ft of torque. The power goes through a traditional three-pedal six-speed manual transmission. Demetrio says the prototype runs and drives.

"Have you driven it?"

"Me? No," he replies.

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The Missile prototype you see here was built in Corbellati's home facility. "It's like a bigger garage, it's not a factory," Demetrio told me. Up close, the car's homebuilt origin was apparent. The windows appeared glued to the bodywork, tinted to prevent close examination of the interior. A spectator ran his hand along the matte silver flanks of the car and commented on the rough finish. Demetrio allowed that the handbuilt prototype, constructed in under a year, isn't completely finished.

"We plan to have a car ready for production in two years. But first we want to have the record certified."

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. I mention to Demetrio how frequently we've seen ambitious supercar startups fall apart before they ever build their first cars.

"It’s very expensive, really hard," he admits. "You have to have a lot of know-how. It’s really difficult to start. But a lot of other people started. Zenvo started a few years ago. Pagani, he worked for Lamborghini, but then he realized his dream of doing his own car. He had the know-how. Also Koenigsegg. They’re all dreams come true. They started small, maybe a little bit bigger than us, I know, but they realized the dream. We hope to realize our dream too."

I ask how much money the Corbellati brothers have wrapped up in this project. Demetrio doesn't want to say.

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What does he think will make Corbellati succeed where so many others have failed? "That’s hard to say," he answers. "A lot depends on luck, I think, and the ability one has to pursue the goal, the efforts we put in. We really want it. It’s my brother’s dream. I am a big supporter of this dream, so I became a part of this. The problem is, not to risk too much. I think you have to go step by step. If you invest too much, you lose everything if it doesn’t work."

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