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Slovenia's supercar: The Tushek Renovatio T500

•, By C.C. Weiss
 We've seen a 1,100-hp electric supercar from Croatia. Brazil and Poland have chimed in with their thoughts on supercar design. The Netherlands and Denmark have represented. Now, Slovenia has a little something to say.
Truth be told, establishing a unique country of origin may be the most difficult part about building a "supercar" these days. While some supercar start-ups really wow us, the concept of supercar has been watered down to a predictable formula of dropping a derivatively styled composite body atop a lightweight chassis, throwing in a (possibly tweaked) V-8 engine from a more established automaker, and jotting down a ~3.5 second acceleration time and ~200 mph (322 km/h) top speed to round things out. Whammo! Your country just made it to the great world atlas of supercar manufacturing.

The Tushek Renovatio T500 follows the script pretty closely. It derives a 2,500-lb (1133-kg ) curb weight from a combination of tubular chassis and carbon fiber/composite body. The low weight means that Tushek didn't have to get too fancy when shopping around for engines. The 4.2-liter Audi V-8's 450-hp output is downright measly when compared to some of the Renovatio's supercar contemporaries, but it still empowers 3.7-second 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) and 193 mph (311 km/h) claims. Eventually, we'll have a proper designation for exotic-but-not-that-exotic cars like this one, but for now, Tushek is obliged to call it a supercar.

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