2001 Steinmetz Funster Concept


2001 Steinmetz Funster Concept

2001 Steinmetz Funster Concept

With a weight to power ratio of less than 4 kg/HP, the Steinmetz Funster can certainly be classed as a Supersports car.

The heart of the Funster is the uprated 2.0 16 V Ecotec Turbo engine developing 220 HP (162 kW) and 280 Nm. This performance in conjunction with the extremely low vehicle weight propels the Funster into dimensions previously reserved exclusively for superlative sports cars. To match the performance, the drive train components such as clutch, gearbox and drive shafts have been strengthened and supplemented by a corresponding cooling system.

The special steel exhaust system with the two characteristic Steinmetz horizontal tailpipes in trapezoid shape has been tuned to the engine. The deep, sporting note was of particular importance here. The system also optimises gas flow further.

To ensure in principle that all wheels remain on the road, our engineers and technicians have developed a height adjustable racing suspension tested extensively on public roads and in the North Loop of the Nürburgring, with dampers with adjustable compression and rebound. In conjunction with the unusual Steinmetz wheel and tyre combination of 17 at the front with tyres 215/45 and 18 at the rear with 255/35, this conversion gives the Funster its superb driving dynamics. The Funster has also been fitted with the modified Steinmetz competition rims, which have now become classics and are already available in sizes 17 and 18 for the Speedster range.

The Steinmetz Funster gets its unmistakable face not only from the unusual paintwork in P 389, but also from a completely new front end which includes the characteristic Steinmetz front grille, plus flippers to improve downforce and brake cooling vents. The rear of the Funster has been fully overhauled and adapted to the thermal requirements of the engine. Here we find larger air inlets in the side boxes which conceal a water cooler and a charge cooler. For extra engine cooling an air scoop has been constructed above the roll-over bar, which further supports the Funster’s claim to be a thoroughbred sports car. Air outlets on the wheelarches and the vehicle rear ensure the necessary circulation of the air in the engine bay. The air outlets on the vehicle rear here disappear behind a grille in the typical Steinmetz honeycomb design. To improve driving stability, a rear wing has been integrated into the roll-over bar trim and a rear skirt with integral diffusor added.

For the interior, our designers have developed a high quality complete interior trim in black leather which even includes the centre console and door trims. Individual components in the interior, e.g. the dashboard and foot mats, pick up the car body colour. High quality aluminium interior components complete the range for the Steinmetz Funster. The Steinmetz Funster is a concept car and as such not for sale. No series production is planned.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Water Cooled, Cast Iron, Inline-4
position Mid Transverse
aspiration Turbocharged
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 2200 cc / 134.3 in³
power 164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 100.0 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 275.0 bhp per tonne
torque 280 nm / 206.5 ft lbs @ 1900 rpm
driven wheels Mid Engine
front tires 215/45-17
rear tires 255/35-18
f brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
r brake size x 282 mm / x 11.1 in
curb weight 800 kg / 1764 lbs
length 3790 mm / 149.2 in
width 1708 mm / 67.2 in
height 1112 mm / 43.8 in
gear ratios :1
0 – 60 mph ~4.8 seconds