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IVM Automotive: C12 Coupe

C12 Coupé – the basis for the Callaway C12-R sports racing car

The C12-R sports racing car is a further development of the C12 Coupé presented to the general public in 1998. Two companies have cooperated in the development of the series-production vehicle: IVM AUTOMOTIVE (Munich) was responsible for the overall vehicle development, and Callaway Cars Inc. (Connecticut) supplied the engine. The C12 is produced as a small series in three versions: as a coupe, a convertible and as a carbon vehicle with a body of colored optical carbon.

Under the hood the 8-cylinder engine provides 440 bhp with a maximum torque of 520 NM. Together that delivers a top speed of more than 300 km/h and acceleration of 0 - 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. The wheels are guided on long, double steel A-arms (a feature borrowed from racing), which enables the handling of the C12 to be as agile as that of a considerably smaller vehicle. In addition to the rear transverse leaf spring, coil springs hold the C12 firmly on the road and in curves while at the same time providing enormous safety re-serves.

This is in part due to the innovative tire concept employed on the sports car. Pirelli developed the P Zero, a tire with outstanding driving characteristics. The brake system also does a brilliant job. 355 millimeter brake disks decelerate the car from 200 km/h to zero in less than 5 seconds or, to put it another way, the C12 comes to a complete stop in 133 meters. The acceleration and braking parameters are in some cases matchless, and the ABS coolly counteracts the danger of flat spots.

An advanced technology is employed in the C12; the drive slip control can be activated and provided comforting safety when driving close to the edge. Despite the terrific output of 440 bhp, the C12 boasts below average fuel consumption for this class: 14.5 liters per 100 kilometers.

March 08, 2001

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