Bertone building GB110 hypercar that runs on plastic fuel

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Italian design house Bertone has announced its comeback with its new GB110 hypercar - a vehicle that is able to run entirely on fuel made from recycled plastic.

Limited to just 33 units, the new model is the first car to be launched under the leadership of Mauro and Jean-Franck Ricci.

It has 1100bhp with 811lb ft of torque yet still complies with Euro 6 emissions standards. It is capable of reaching 62mph in 2.79sec, 124mph in 6.79sec, and an alleged top speed of 236mph.

"The GB110 is an immensely powerful car," said Jean-Franck, CEO of Bertone. "What we are looking for is a strong acceleration and low weight for maximum pleasure. But at the same time it's designed for everyday use and built with ergonomics and comfort in mind."

To develop the car's unique fuel, Bertone is partnering with the company Select Fuel, which has developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into renewable fuel.

"We believe that de-pollution will require different solutions with combinations of technologies," he added. "Plastic waste needs to be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel we take what was once waste and convert it back into its original form."

The GB110 also celebrates the firm's 110th anniversary.