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Country of origin:Belgium
Introduced in:2010
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 10, 2010
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Click here to download printer friendly versionContinuing the gradual evolution of the Vertigo model, Belgian sports car manufacturer Tony Gillet launched a revision of the fifth incarnation of the car in the fall of 2010. Dubbed the Vertigo .5 Spirit, it is still immediately recognisable as a Gillet. It is under the curvaceous bodywork that the biggest changes have been made in the form of a brand new engine.

Replacing the Alfa Romeo sourced V6, this new engine is a development of the 4.2 litre V8 engine used in the Maserati GT and Spyder models. It was first used in the Vertigo Streiff racing that competed in the FIA GT Championship throughout the 2008 season. In road going specification the dry-sump engine produces 420 bhp, which is up 20 bhp from the most powerful version offered by Maserati. Upon request, Gillet can tweak the engine even further.

What remained largely unchanged is the sophisticated carbon fibre monocoque chassis. According to Gillet it weighs only 58 kg (128 pounds). Suspension is by double wishbones on all corners. The front end features push-rod actuated springs and dampers. The engine's power is transferred to the rear wheels through a racing derived six-speed, sequential gearbox. New for the Vertigo .5 are 19 inch wheels, which are need to clear the massive, 300 mm (12 inch) AP Racing disc brakes.

While the overall design of the Vertigo is very similar to the original introduced back in 1998, many details have changed over the years. The most recent major styling revision came in 2008 with the introduction of the V6 engined Vertigo .5. Among the new tweaks introduced were the open headlights and the 'porthole' vents on the wings.

Despite packing a bigger engine, the Gillet engineers have managed to keep the weighed below 1000 kg (2200 pounds). At this point no prices have been released for the latest Vertigo but we believe that it will well into the six figure range.

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