American-made 2,000 pound, 350bhp sports


23 July 2008 - Gwinnett County, Georgia - FortuneSport Vehicle Engineering Systems, LLC (FortuneSport) today confirmed the launch of their first production sports car, the Rt.S; a sub-2,000 pound, 350 horsepower sports coupe.  Inspired by Group C prototypes, the chassis of this road and track car will feature an aluminum semi-monocoque, integral steel roll cage, a mid-mounted V8, and a pushrod suspension system.  Key weight-saving features are full composite bodywork, seats integrated into the chassis, and rolling gear supplied by BBS.  The power to weight ratio of 5.1 lbs per bhp translates into a road car capable of sprinting from 0-60mph in 4 seconds and a top speed of 175mph.  The target price is $85,000.

Penned by Turkish newcomer Emre Husmen, the Rt.S is a vision of sports cars in the year 2035.  Characterized by short overhangs and a long wheelbase, the overall length of the car is 164 inches.  Clever packaging means the height of the vehicle is 42 inches, while retaining enough head room to comfortably fit a 6-foot 4-inch passenger.

Teritius Fortune, Owner of FortuneSport, said, "FortuneSport believes that the pleasure of driving is not in the electronics and sixteen speaker stereo systems, but in the driving itself.  Especially given the current green movement, the best way to engage the driver was to substantially reduce vehicle mass.  With the large number of grand-tourers on the market, we used this philosophy to build a true sports car."

The Rt.S is scheduled for a launch in Late 2010 as a 2011 model.  A track-only version will be launched late this fall in conjunction with FortuneSport's Rt.R Development Program.  Visually similar to the Rt.S, the Rt.R will feature a 510bhp engine and a curb weight of 1,650 pounds.

To be assembled by the Panoz Group, the Rt.R will be capable of running in a number of amateur track events, as well as FortuneSport-branded events held in conjunction with the Skip Barber Racing Schools.  The Rt.R requires a security deposit of $200,000.

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