Enter the Aurelio – the first Filipino-made supercar. When the super car vehicle segment is already dominated by the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and the like, there are other car manufacturers that do produce some memorable super-powered vehicles with the design to match. This particular supercar is made from the South East Asian country and it is their first entry into this vehicle category.
Aurelio Presents Filipino Ingenuity
Before we look at the Aurelio as for the vehicle that it is, let’s take a look at a bit of its story as to how it came to be. Behind the creation of the car are siblings Kevin and Bryan Factor, and Brendan Aurelio. The younger of the two brothers (Kevin) did the research on the internal mechanics for the vehicle. The older brother, Bryan, was in charge of the interior and exterior designs. He is also the brains behind the business for the company as he has previous experience with regards to marketing and investment projects. What sparked the creation of the supercar is their passion for the same type of vehicle. Hence, they have decided to create their own to further boost local manufacturing within the country.
Getting the Aurelio Supercar, you will be presented with two engine choices. While the options are still not on par to compete with traditional supercars from other countries, it can still pack quite a punch. For the two engines, the selections are the Honda B16A V-TEC and the 2.0-liter Mitsubishi 4G63T turbocharged engines. The latter engine is able to deliver 457-horsepower and it can propel the car to nearly 290-kilometers per hour. Said engine enables the car to run a quarter of a mile in a mere 10-seconds.
Both the driver and the passenger can enter the car’s cabin by way of the scissor doors. The sidepod cabin is made out of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and carbon fiber firewall components.
As for its exterior, it undeniably looks like a supercar. Its design is taken from bits and pieces of inspiration from leading names in the supercar segment. For instance, its doors are reminiscent to that of the McLaren P1, while the front fascia and its contours are taken from the Ferrari 458 Italia. It has a brightly colored paintjob that is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
If you want to get a hold of the Aurelio, you may have to wait a bit as the company, Factor Aurelio Automobile, says that they can only produce 6 to 10 units per year because of the lack of manpower.