On the initiative of Picasso Automotive a new (albeit very small) Motor Valley is being born in the nearby Swiss Confederation. More precisely in Val Mesolcina, in San Vittore which is a Swiss municipality of 864 inhabitants in the Canton of Graubünden, about ten km from Bellinzona. It is from there that the new sartorial supercar Picasso 660 LMS arrives, which has 'descended' to Milan for an official presentation on the initiative of the manufacturer Stefano Picasso. The program plans to put on the market (exclusive and very profitable) of the high-performance sports cars only 21 examples of the Berlinetta plus 11 roadsters and 11 GT1 only track.
Photostory Picasso will replicate the 660 LMS road only 32 times - Photos - Ansa.it
The car that the young Ticino entrepreneur defines as 'GT Miracle' takes its name from the 660 hp of power, from the acronym LM that refers to the world of racing cars that run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and - finally - from the S that underlines instead that the car was born to be driven on the road. Beyond the success that this initiative will have globally, Picasso Automotive (which operates in a modern 2,000 m warehouse in the small industrial area of San Vittore will enter the restricted list - you can count on the fingers of one hand - of the Swiss car manufacturers.
In fact, not considering the disappeared historical brands (such as Saurer founded in 1853, Egg & Egli in 1896, Piccard et Pictet in 1904, Ajax in 1906 and the more recent Enzmann and Monteverdi left the scene respectively in 1968 and 1984) in the shadow of the red cross flag operate today only the two specialists of luxury and super-performance Mansory and Rinspeed, with the creative designer and designer Sbarro who practically closed the business. The engine of the 660 LMS is built specifically for Picasso by Autotecnica Motori, of Casalmaggiore (CR), a leading company in the design of engines in the FIA GT, Formula 2, Formula 3. It is a 3.0 V6 twin turbo developed to make the most of the performance of synthetic fuels, to obtain immediate benefits in reducing CO2 emissions.
Equipped with a totally carbon frame, the Picasso 660 LMS is born a bespoke design, which transfers the principles of tailoring and production verticalization in the automotive sector, making use of high-level collaborations, in addition to the one mentioned with Autotecnica, such as Pirelli and Sabelt. "Every single piece is created by us - explained Picasso - This radical approach has also allowed us to work on synthetic fuels that bring innovation also in the context of sustainability. We are a small company, a construction and engineering laboratory that offers not only marketing, performance and numbers but a participatory dimension". This is to explain - it is a rarity - that the customer can go to San Vittore in the Mesolcina Motor Valley to assemble the machine, and stay in the workshop with Picasso and the dozen collaborators following all the phases of birth of his 660 LMS bespoke.
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