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Artega

Artega Automobil GmbH & Co. KG was a German sports car manufacturer based in Delbrück, Germany. Founded by Klaus Dieter Frers in 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy in July 2012.
 

Former type

GmbH & Co. KG
Industry Automotive
Fate Bankruptcy
Founded 2006
Founder Klaus Dieter Frers
Defunct 2012
Headquarters Delbrück, Germany

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

Peter Müller
CEO
Products sports cars

Number of employees

50 (2010)
Website Artega.de

Company

The Artega GT is a German sports car first released at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. It was previously thought that another sports car producer was the last thing that the auto industry needed given the economic downturn of late 2008 and early 2009 in which new car sales decreased cataclysmically, but Klaus Dieter Frers, producer of Artega, announced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that Artega was investing in a possible concept vehicle that included solar powered drivetrain-engine.

Frers, with help from Henrik Fisker who also designed the Aston Martin DB9, wants to compete with Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma, both electric luxury vehicles. The price tag of the Artega GT is at €74,948 or $104,000 in Germany with taxes. The car is powered by a VW 300 Hp 3.6 liter VR6 direct-injection engine located right behind the driver and produces maximum torque of 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 2400/min. The Artega GT is weighted at 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) without passenger.

Artega claimed that the GT could sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds and with a top speed of more than 270 km/h (168 mph). The Artega GT Coupe borrows styling from both Porsche and Ferrari. Artega Automobil has a close relationship with Volkswagen (March 2008). In 2010, Artega had one model set for production, the Artega GT. 

On January 25, 2010, Artega was purchased in whole by Mexican investment firm Tresalia Capital. With change of control Dr.-Ing- Wolfgang Ziebart (Former Head of Continental AG and Infineon AG) is now CEO of the Artega. Klaus Frers left the company at the same time.

In March 2011, Artega unveiled an electric version, called the Artega SE (for Sports Electric). It has a motor of 280 kW (380 hp), and a 310 kg (683 lb) water-cooled battery of 37 kWh at 350 Volt. It weighs in at 1,400 kg (3,086 lb), more than the engine version, but accelerates slightly faster. Range is between 200 and 300 km, depending on driving style. Artega says that the price will be 150,000 euro (approx. US$212,500).

As of September 30, 2012, Artega ceased production of the GT.

At the IAA in Frankfurt 2015 Artega showed two new cars. The fully electric sports car Artega Scalo and the ATV-like Karo, also a fully electric vehicle.

The Artega GT

The Artega GT is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive 2-seat sports car produced by German manufacturer Artega between 2009 and 2012. The GT was Artega's first model. other models are: the Scalo and the Karo.

Manufacturer Artega
Production 2009–2012
Assembly Delbrück, Germany
Designer Henrik Fisker
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door Coupé
Layout Transverse RMR layout
Powertrain
Engine 3.6 L VR6
Transmission six-speed DSG
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,460 mm (96.9 in)
Length 4,010 mm (157.9 in)
Width 1,880 mm (74.0 in)
Height 1,180 mm (46.5 in)
Kerb weight 1,116 kg (2,460 lb)

Overview

The two seater has an aluminum space frame and carbon fiber reinforced body for a light curb weight of 1,116 kg (2,460 lb). The engine is a Volkswagen-sourced direct injection 3.6 L VR6 producing 296 bhp (221 kW; 300 PS) and 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission. Acceleration from 0–100 km/h is tested to be at 4.8 seconds, with top speed estimated to be over 270 km/h (168 mph).

In early 2011 GTspirit tested the Artega GT in Belgium and finished by saying that, Overall a superb handling sports car with not a single failure and that it had excellent performance not easily found elsewhere''. The Artega GT was priced at approximately €75,000.

The GT was built at a new factory in Delbrück, Germany with production starting in October 2008 and sales commencing in spring 2009. Production was claimed to be limited to roughly 500 units per year.

History

First shown as a mock up at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show; the Artega GT debuted a year later at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show. Klaus Dieter Frers announced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that Artega was investing in a possible solar-powered concept vehicle to compete with the Tesla Roadster andFisker Karma. Henrik Fisker, who also designed the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, contributed to the design of the Artega GT. The first produced Artega GT was reportedly sold to Steven Gregory Balboa, an Italian now residing in Rochester, New York.

Bankruptcy

After the Artega company filed for bankruptcy in July 2012, production has ceased and the company has been bought by German automotive supplier firm Paragon AG, which has offered all employees new jobs. Paragon AG will continue to supply owners with service, according to the Artega-website.

Discontinuation

On September 30, 2012 the production of the Artega GT was halted. There are currently no plans to resume production.

Technical specification

  • Frame: Aluminum spaceframe. Rear module tubular space frame of high-tensile stainless steel
  • Bodywork: Carbon fiber reinforced polyurethane compound material
  • Dimensions (L X B X H): 3950 x 1880 x 1,180 mm (46.5 in)
  • Kg/PS: About 3.6 kg/PS
  • Engine: VR6 direct-injection engine in the rear mid
  • Displacement: 3597 cc
  • Performance: 221 kW (300 PS; 296 hp) at 6600/min
  • Torque: 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 2400/min
  • Drive: Rear-wheel-drive
  • Transmission: Six-speed direct-shift with Artega inverting stage (pat.appl.)
  • Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph): 4.8 sec
  • Speed: more than 270 km/h (168 mph)