The 2017 LT 850 Azure Prototype By Celerimus Automotive
A bold statement in hypercar design
What makes the Azure a hypercar?
Development of the Azure has been extensive, but as you can see, it has paid off. The Azure is faster, cheaper, and more luxurious than any previous model. With a top speed of 237.2 MPH (381.7 km/h), it will easily do laps around most performance cars in the industry. Not only that, but this piece of engineering has proven itself on the tracks of Nurburgring itself with a track time of 6:29.85. At the Automation Test track, this car also shines with a lap time of 1:46.86. This luxury vehicle is nothing to laugh at.
What powers the Azure?
Nothing other than a brand new 8.4 L V12 turbocharged engine designed specifically for the Azure in-house. This highly tuned engine produces 1555 HP at 7600 RPM, making it one of the fastest accelerating engines Celerimus Automotive has designed. Thanks to the 60 valves, AWD system, and optimized twin turbo design, the Azure can accomplish a very speedy 0-62 mph in just 2.1 seconds. You might not know looking at the amazing figures for this car, but we actually optimized the engine to use 91 RON fuel instead of higher grades, which allows us to effectively sell this car anywhere in the world because of the universal high availability of that fuel type. All in all, this car straddles the line between control and outright performance.
Tell us about the interior and comfort of the Azure
You won’t find any standard bucket seats here. The Azure has some of the most luxurious interior of any model from Celerimus Automotive. It features a full leather cabin, including imported wood from South Africa and leather from Sardinia, Italy. The cabin makes extensive use of glass and wood accents, as well as electronic assists to ease in driving. We understand the control and thrill that a manual transmission provides many enthusiasts, but as a luxury car based roughly on a Grand Touring style design, we also wanted to keep the shifting labor minimal and offer an automatic alternative, all while keeping in mind the sporty nature of the car itself. Thus, we decided to add a duel-clutch 7-speed sequential transmission with an automatic mode, for comfort. Don’t worry, however, your long journeys cruising in the Azure won’t be done in boredom. We have installed a top-of-the-line HUD entertainment system that is capable of being voice commanded, and is controlled through motions of the driver’s hands. The driver can easily stream music, video, and calls right onto the windscreen of the car, and also includes active driving assists and built-in navigation that can show you where to go live on the road right in front of you through the HUD system. For optimal sound quality, the Azure contains 28 speakers around the cabin with surround-sound for total immersion. If that weren’t enough, the cabin includes a quick-action AC system, heated seats that are electronically adjustable, pedals and steering wheel that are electronically adjustable, and an automatic engine starter linked to your key fob. Through a mode selector on the dash board of the car, the seats can be switched into “sport mode” which will raise the edges of the seats, effectively turning them into luxury bucket seats. Mounting points appear for race harnesses in “sport mode” so that drivers of the Azure can take full control of its mighty power. Of course, we also had to go with scissor doors for the design of the Azure.
Are there any unique features that the Azure has that you would like to share?
Of course! The Azure has truly been a unique and intense undertaking by Celerimus Automotive. For this design, we really focused on the essence of control and power that makes a hypercar a hypercar. We focused mostly on weight-saving features, and eliminated as much excess weight as we could. The only area we didn’t compromise was the interior, because we figured: what is the point in driving such a car when you have to be miserable in a bare-bones interior? In addition to weight-saving measures, we optimized the engine for quick and steady performance, and installed a unique 4-fin wing design that can be hydraulically lowered or raised depending on computer and driver input throughout the drive. In addition, we aerodynamically crafted this car to perfection, and our unique design provides great grip and handling throughout the drive, so that the driver can truly be in control of the power that this car offers. That is what the Azure is all about. Power. Control. Luxury.
Type: 8418 cc turbocharged V12
Power: 1555 HP at 7600 RPM
Torque: 1523 Nm at 6800 RPM
Redline: 8100 RPM
Fuel: 91 RON (Regular grade)
0-62 MPH (0-100 km/h): 2.1 seconds
Braking: 62-0 MPH (100-0 km/h): 24.51 meters
Top speed: 237.2 MPH (381.7 km/h)
Automation test track time: 1:46.86
Nurbergring track time: 6:29.85
Handling: 1.60g at 140.1 MPH
Efficiency: 12.0 mpg (19.6 L/100km)
Body: Carbon fibre panels and monocoque
Suspension: Pushrod (front). Pushrod (rear).
Weight: 3512.6 lbs (1593.3 kg)
"Perfection doesn’t have to be a compromise."