Although the primary attraction at Sbarro’s booth in Geneva was the Citroen-based Cruise Crosser, the vehicle that caught our attention was this student-developed Turbo S20 Barchetta concept car. A group of 20 Espera Sbarro design school students pooled their resources, and in cooperation with the French TV show “Turbo,” built this one-off concept in close to three months.
Powered by a 300 HP, 5-liter V8 pulled from a Porsche 928, this mid-engine track car tips the scales at just over 2,500 pounds – not quite a lightweight, but considering the lump behind the driver, a noble feat indeed. The ponies are harnessed by a five-speed manual and power is sent to a set of 11×20 inch OZ Botticelli wheels, wrapped in 335/30/20 Michelin PS2s.
Whether or not the Turbo S20 will make it off the show floor and onto the track remains to be seen, but regardless, it’s a testament to what focused minds can create, with limited funding.
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