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by George Skentzos

To celebrate two decades of building some of the most exclusive and exotic supercars on the planet, Ferrari tuner Novitec has unveiled the TuLesto – a 572kW monster based on the F430.

The TuLesto represents Novitec’s first proprietary car and has been designed in cooperation with Italian design studio Luca Serafini Stile in Modena who have transformed the familiar silhouette of the F430 into a completely bespoke creation.

The mid-engined racer boasts a twin-supercharged 4.4-litre V8 powerplant which pumps out 212kW more than the standard F430 with peak torque rising to 727Nm, mated to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission.

2009 Novitec TuLesto celebrates 20th Anniversary

The sprint from zero to 100km/h takes less than 3.4 seconds when using the adjustable traction control system with launch control and will break the 300km/h barrier after just 22.6 seconds on to its top speed of over 350km/h.

Its performance is largely thanks to its lightweight construction with most panels substituted for carbon fibre or aluminium, making the TuLesto extremely light while at the same time giving it extraordinary rigidity.

2009 Novitec TuLesto celebrates 20th Anniversary

Its appearance is completely unique with only the head lights giving away its origins, comprising the spectacular curves of the fenders, the front apron, the shape of the rear and the smooth underbody with integrated venturi tunnel and diffuser which were calibrated in a wind tunnel to create an optimal aerodynamic balance.

The Novitec engineers have also employed GT-racing technologies in the suspension which features double-wishbone suspension front and rear, height-adjustable struts with various selectable damping rates, and adjustable sway bars.

2009 Novitec TuLesto celebrates 20th Anniversary

To ensure the TuLesti does not suffer the nose-grinding fate of most supercars – especially with its virtually irreplaceable bodywork – it also features a nose-lift system which raises the front end by four centimetres.

The ultra-light light-alloy wheels were developed specially for the TuLesto and are fitted with semi slicks up to 355 millimetres wide on the rear axle, framing the carbon ceramic brake package with six-piston callipers front and back for ultimate stopping power.




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