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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The forgotten first Japanese super car

In the 1980s can be regarded as an era where the Japanese-made sports cars began to squirm and show its potential to the whole world. One of them who tried to give birth to a Japanese super car is Jiotto Caspita, where the original design of the car was done by Kunihisa Ito, who was the vice-president and chief designer of Jiotto Design Inc. and manufactured by Dome Co., Ltd.
1989 Jiotto Caspita. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sP9znX)
And the name of Dome Co., Ltd. itself is popular as a racecar constructor, which in the 1980s was responsible for Toyota's Le Mans racing activities. While on this day Dome more busy handling racing car from Honda. And Jiotto Caspita itself was introduced at the Tokyo Auto Show 1989, with the road-legal concept of Group-C class racing cars.
1993 Jiotto Caspita. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2uMCnif)
When first present in the world, Jiotto Caspita should be able to generate power of about 450 hp which is sourced from a Motori Moderni flat-12 engine. But unfortunately, this machine is apparently known to have a fatal weakness, so the team decided to leave the Jiotto Caspita project, along with sluggish demand for a super car at the time. However, it seems that the company is not yet ready to completely abandon the super car project, so the name of Jiotto Caspita rose again in 1993.
In 1993, Jiotto Caspita has had a different look, as well as a more convincing factor could be seen on its engine, this car using a 3.5-liter V10 engine from Judd, an F1 machine supplier from the UK. Both engines were longitudinally mounted, and powered through a 6-speed gearbox built by Wiesmann. 

And thanks to the Judd's engine, the new Jiotto Caspita with an overall curb weight of 1,260 kg (2,734 lbs), be able to generate power of 585 hp and 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).

Very unfortunate, for no apparent reason this Japanese-made super car never see the sun again and then forgotten to this day. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | GTPLANET | DOME]
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