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Slovenia's supercar: The Tushek Renovatio T500

Slovenia's supercar: The Tushe...
The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with scissor doors
The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with scissor doors
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The Slovenian supercar
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The Slovenian supercar
The Renovatio T500 will make its UK debut in September
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The Renovatio T500 will make its UK debut in September
The Salon Privé, where the T500 will debut, begins on September 5
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The Salon Privé, where the T500 will debut, begins on September 5
A composite body sits aboard a tubular chassis
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A composite body sits aboard a tubular chassis
The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with scissor doors
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The Renovatio T500 is outfitted with scissor doors
The T500 weighs around 2,497 lbs. (1,133 kg) at the curb
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The T500 weighs around 2,497 lbs. (1,133 kg) at the curb
Inside, the T500 has such comforts as AC and a Bluetooth-equipped audio system
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Inside, the T500 has such comforts as AC and a Bluetooth-equipped audio system
The T500 made its world debut at the Top Marques Monaco this past April
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The T500 made its world debut at the Top Marques Monaco this past April
The T500 uses an Audi V-8 engine
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The T500 uses an Audi V-8 engine
Tushek claims that the T500 hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds
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Tushek claims that the T500 hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds
Tushek lists the top speed at 311 km/h (193 mph)
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Tushek lists the top speed at 311 km/h (193 mph)
Company founder Aljosa Tushek wanted a car that could properly combine race car driving characteristics with everyday usability
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Company founder Aljosa Tushek wanted a car that could properly combine race car driving characteristics with everyday usability
The Renovatio T500 is one of the latest in a growing list of 'supercars from 'round the world'
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The Renovatio T500 is one of the latest in a growing list of 'supercars from 'round the world'
A big wing and rear diffuser add aerodynamics
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A big wing and rear diffuser add aerodynamics
Company founder Aljosa Tushek wanted a car that could properly combine race car driving characteristics with everyday usability
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Company founder Aljosa Tushek wanted a car that could properly combine race car driving characteristics with everyday usability
Tushek plans to build only 30 examples of the Renovatio T500
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Tushek plans to build only 30 examples of the Renovatio T500
Tushek is planning a second car, which will offer even higher performance
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Tushek is planning a second car, which will offer even higher performance
Tushek will debut the Forego T700, its second car, next year
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Tushek will debut the Forego T700, its second car, next year
The T500 uses ventilated carbon-ceramic disc brakes
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The T500 uses ventilated carbon-ceramic disc brakes
The T500 puts out up to 450 horses
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The T500 puts out up to 450 horses
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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 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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9 comments
tgintz
yet no mention of the kitcar it's based on?
It's a modified K1 Attack kitcar.....
nothing extra-ordinary about that really.
OzJester
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?!
Mladen Lučić
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!!!
mommus
@Mladen Lučić
what does this car have to do with Croatia? It's Slovenian.
PeteSVK
Based on SLOVAKIA made car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_QXGdYwI58 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsL2iE-cDEE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za5ei9OhWhE
PeetEngineer
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.
Srečko Lavrič
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.
Don Duncan
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.
Ed
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!