Everything we know about the Swiss supercar
Swiss automaker Picasso Automotive has finally unveiled the production-ready avatar of its long-awaited PS-01 prototype, which it has extensively tested on the road as well as on the track for several years now. Dubbed the 660 LMS, the brand’s inaugural supercar finally saw the light of day at a private preview in Monaco and is now available to order.
From its design, to the materials used, to its final weight, everything about the Picasso 660 LMS is impressive and screams genius engineering. Developed entirely in-house in San Vittore, Switzerland, the 660 LMS is made almost entirely of aluminum and carbon fiber, which naturally results in a ridiculous power-to-weight ratio.
Now that the two-year-old Swiss supercar the manufacturer’s dream has finally been realized in all its glory, here’s everything we know about the exciting new 660 LMS.
8 V6 power works under the hood of the 660 LMS
The name of the 660 LMS is quite significant, where the numbers indicate engine power, “LM” stands for the iconic Le Mans prototypes that inspired this supercar, and the “S” means the production model should be ready for the race. street. use. The “660” represents the number of ponies this supercar hides under the hood.
Crafted from aluminum, the 660 LMS houses a 3.0-liter V6 engine under its beautifully crafted hood, producing 660 horsepower with 531 lb-ft of torque. Those are truly impressive numbers, made all the more remarkable by the car’s ridiculously low weight. Obviously, a V8 or V12 isn’t always necessary for badass performance.
seven In-house developed suspension
The Picasso 660 LMS’ suspension system, like much of the car itself, was designed in-house at Picasso Automotive. It features a machined-aluminum double-wishbone layout, along with a push-rod shock. You will notice that Picasso Automotive generously used aluminum wherever it could, in order to reduce the weight of the car.
The front and rear roll bars, spacers, carriers and wheel hubs of the 660 LMS were also all designed in-house. Indeed, this scheme allows for quick and efficient setup calibration, which also allows for a variety of suspension setups.
6 Unprecedented sensor-integrated braking system
On the braking side, Picasso fitted the 660 LMS with 6-piston aluminum monobloc Brembo calipers. That’s right, even the calipers are aluminum. Quite naturally, the braking system is able to skillfully increase braking performance and remains consistent in stopping power under the most extreme conditions.
More interestingly, the 660 LMS will be the first car to feature GALT Smart Pads, which are sensor-integrated brake pads, and transform friction during braking from a passive system to an active system. Thus, it provides the driver with rear temperature data for the brakes, which also helps to achieve higher levels of safety.
5 Easyrain DAI virtual sensor
The Picasso 660 LMS puts even more emphasis on real-time feedback using the Easyrain DAI virtual sensor. True to its milestones, it is the first supercar to feature Easyrain’s DAI sensor, a predictive system that recognizes dangerous situations on wet roads.
With its proprietary algorithms, the Easyrain DAI would provide warning level outputs to the driver, thereby detecting loss of grip caused by adverse road surfaces or extreme driving, ensuring the driver knows at all times which control he is in. has on his tires.
4 Sculpted in carbon fiber
The 660 LMS achieves a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio by using carbon fiber and other ultralight materials throughout, along with its powerful new V6 engine. Based on an ultralight platform that utilizes the properties of carbon fiber on a scale never seen before, the Picasso 660 LMS is carved from carbon fiber and has it inside as well.
Its monocoque is made entirely of structural carbon fiber and, in fact, the entire body is made without any supports or fasteners. Instead, it uses a puzzle piece system where the panels connect to each other via special joints. It’s impressive engineering and a great commitment to weight reduction.
3 It’s incredibly light
All carbon fiber panels and aluminum performance parts work their magic to bring the overall weight of the 660 LMS down to a remarkably low 2,160 pounds. Designed with extreme aerodynamics in mind, the Picasso Automotive engineer spent quite a bit of time on CFD simulations and actual wind tunnel analysis to achieve the best level of downforce possible, which they certainly achieved. .
At its top speed of 196 mph, the Swiss supercar has a ridiculously impressive 2116 pounds of downforce, all thanks to its low-slung design, gigantic front and rear splitters, as well as an adjustable wing. Indeed, this car is even lighter than the Mazda MX-5 Miata, while developing about four times its power!
2 Carbon fiber inside the cabin
Shown at a private preview, the interior of the Picasso 660 LMS has yet to see the light of day, but details outline a cabin featuring a matte carbon fiber finish. This would undoubtedly increase the class of the 660 LMS interior. In addition, the steering wheel is also made of carbon fiber, as are the gearshift paddles.
The center console houses a 7-inch multi-function color touchscreen which is said to contain all driving-related information, and the physical selectors and buttons (thank goodness for those) will allow for quick adjustments on the go. The photo above is an interior view of the PS-01 prototype, which eventually became the Picasso 660 LMS. GT Racing-style digital mirrors with high-resolution cameras will add to the technology that will enhance the driving experience.
1 Produced in extremely limited numbers
Priced at $860,000, the Picasso 660 LMS will only have 21 units manufactured, 20 of which will be available for sale. Booking is currently open for this Swiss supercar and looking at its hugely impressive brochure and presence, it’s almost certain to sell out before long…if it hasn’t already.
While not cheap, the optional extras that will surely follow, coupled with taxes, will almost surely put this car in the million dollar club, and it will definitely cement its name in car history with some of the cars the craziest. power to weight ratios. Deliveries of the 660 LMS will begin in the second half of 2023, according to Picasso Automotive.