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1989 Jiotto Caspita

1989 Jiotto Caspita

1989 Jiotto Caspita

The Jiotto Caspita is a prototype mid-engine sports car designed and manufactured by Dome for a company named Jiotto in 1988. The car was billed as the F1 on the Road.

The original design of the car was done by Kunihisa Ito, who was the vice-president and chief designer of Jiotto Design Incorporated.

The first car was powered by a Motori Moderni flat-12, a detuned Formula One engine, and then in 1990 was stripped and then rebuilt with a Judd V10. Both engines were longitudinally mounted, and powered through a 6 speed gearbox built by Weismann.

The car first made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in the same year, but the project would die out in 1993 due to the global recession which meant lack of demands for supercars. With the Judd engine, the Caspita is capable of 577 horsepower (430 kW) at 10,750 rpm and 283 ft·lbf (284 N·m) of torque at 10,500 rpm. This, along with a curb weight of 2734 lb (1240 kg), gives the Caspita a 0-60 mph acceleration time of approximately 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 199 miles per hour (320 km/h).

In Detail

engine V12
valvetrain DOHC 5 Valves / Cyl
displacement 3497 cc / 213.4 in³
power 335.6 kw / 450.0 bhp @ 10000 rpm
specific output 128.68 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 362.0 nm / 267.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front brakes Vented Discs
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Vented Discs
r brake size mm / in
curb weight 1240 kg / 2734 lbs
front track 1669 mm / 65.7 in
rear track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
length 4535 mm / 178.5 in
width 1995 mm / 78.5 in
height 1135 mm / 44.7 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
final drive 3.48:1
top speed ~320.3 kph / 199.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.7 seconds