manufacturer Gillet has introduced the
Vertigo .5 at the Brussels Auto Salon, a
sportscar that representing the fifth
edition of the Alfa Romeo Arese
V6-powered two-seater exotic.
Belgian sports car manufacturer
Gillet has introduced the Vertigo .5 at the Brussels
Auto salon this week, the latest incarnation of the
theme representing the fifth edition of the Alfa
Romeo Arese V6-powered two-seater exotic.
The new Vertigo celebrates the 15th
anniversary of the Belgian marque. The design of the rear
has only been slightly changed, however the front has been
completely redeveloped. The design updates were created by
70-year-old Charles Van Den Bosch, designer of the original
Vertigo. The changes were initially employed in 2007 on the
Vertigo FIA GT car, before being introduced on this latest
The Vertigo is constructed from exotic
materials, with the chassis made from carbon fibre and
honeycomb structure. The construction technologies are
borrowed directly from Formula One, ensuring great strength
and resistance, whilst at the same time offering an
extremely light weight. The total weight of the bare chassis
is a mere 58kg.
Gillet is Belgiumís most renowned
domestic car manufacturer and was founded in 1994 by Tony
Gillet, a famous Belgian racing driver holding national
hillclimb championship titles for several consecutive years.
Gillet also built and campaigned vehicles during two
editions of the gruelling Paris-Dakar rally and in 1982
became the Belgian importer for Dutch sports car
It was with a specially-modified Donkervoort that Gillet broke the 0-100 km/h acceleration
record in January 1990, taking just 3.85 seconds. More
recently, the Vertigo held the 0-100 km/h acceleration
record time for production cars, taking just 3.1 seconds.
The first Vertigo prototype was completed
in 1991 and was unveiled at the 1992 Brussels Auto Salon.
Two years followed before the prototype was finalised for
production, before also being displayed at the 1993 Geneva
Motor Show and 1993 Paris Salon de líAutomobile. Only around
25 Gillet Vertigos have been sold worldwide, however the
Gillet name has recently been promoted through featuring in
video games such as GranTurismo.
Gillet is also currently rumoured to be
developing a new racing car for the FIA GT 2008
championship, using a Maserati GranSport Light V8 as the