Gillet Automobiles is the only Belgian automobile manufacturor, and is founded by succesful Belgian racing driver Tony Gillet. Intended for road use, the first Vertigo prototype was finished in 1991 and made it’s debut on the 71st Brussels Auto Show in january 1992. Specialists in carbon composites and moulding, the car’s chassis is entirely made from carbon fibre and honeycomb materials ensuring greater strenght and stiffness, while saving a lot of wheight. The complete chassis came in at a wheight of only 58 kg! This combined with a 2,0 L Ford Cosworth engine made a nice package. The car evolved significantly over the years, from open sports coupe on introduction to closed roof and wing doors, more aerodynamic shape, etc. Also on the engine department things changed, as a Alfa Romeo 3.0 L V6 engine was first used to later be replaced by a 4.2 L V8 from Maserati.
In 1994 the car set a new Guinness-book record for road cars, with a 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 3.266 seconds.
Listening to his racing heart, Tony Gillet could not resist making a race version of the Vertigo. This made it’s debut in 1999 in the national series, amongst them the BelCar. This evolved into the creation of the Belgian Racing Team, together with Renaud Kuppens. The 3.0L V6 Alfa engine got prepared by the Italian tuner Ellegi Motori, bringing the power output to a staggering 385 HP. Also a change of gearbox was amongst the updates. A homologation by the FIA made it possible to compete on international level.
2005 marked the beginning of this next chapter, with a limited but exotic FIA GT programme. Drivers selected where the very experienced and talented Bas Leinders, Vanina Ickx, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Renaud Kuppens, Sylvie Delcour, Sarah Bovy and Maxime Martin. All Belgian superstars, with a very impressive palmares on their names.
The first big international victory came already in 2005, finishing this first year as vice champion in their class. 2006, 2007 and 2008 saw continuation of the international racing efforts in FIA GT, bringing home the class championship these 3 consecutive years! In 2009 the GT race program got side-tracked by introduction of the newest evolution of the streetcar, and unfortunally has not been restarted.
Only 3 of these race cars where build. One was sold to famous Italien coachbuilding and designer company Zagato, who transformed it into a special prototype. The second car was transformed by Gillet itself into a Pikes Peak special, with a very different body design and VW 4 cyll. Turbo engine.
The car you see here is the third car, chassisno YA9VA2S00Y0169021, and is the only remaining Vertigo FIA GT car. It has been rebuild by Gillet to his favourite configuration. It has the 3.0L V6 Alfa engine mounted, tuned by Ellegi Motori. It has a dry-sump oil system, is controled by a EFI Techno. ECU, and uses Magnetti Marelli dash and datalog system. Gearbox is a 6-speed sequential from Tractive, Ohlins adjustable shocks, front and rear double wishbone suspension, push rod front, front and rear adjustable anti-roll bar, AP Racing 4 pot brake callipers, ventilated discs, etc.
The car is painted in the colours that it won it’s first big race, the 2005 FIA GT race at Zhuhai as tribute to a amazing aclompishment. It is now for sale, and comes with a additional set of wheels, and the complete body moulds. Feel free to contact us for more information and pricing.Back