In a surprising move, the Philippines is now venturing into the world of super sports cars with the Aurelio, a product of Factor Aurelio Automobile. This marks a significant shift in the country’s automotive landscape, with investors and car enthusiasts showing enthusiasm for this project, positioning the Philippines as a contender among the world’s leading car manufacturers.
What sets the Aurelio apart is the combination of European-inspired design and local production. An impressive 80% of its components are sourced locally, resulting in a vehicle that’s distinctly Filipino. Under the hood, the Aurelio boasts two engine options—the B16A V-TEC engine from the old Honda Civic Si and the 2.0-liter Mitsubishi 4G63T turbocharged engine, offering substantial performance.
The Mitsubishi engine, for instance, propels the Aurelio to a top speed of 290 kilometers per hour (kph) and enables it to cover a quarter-mile distance in under 10 seconds. The Aurelio’s appeal goes beyond speed; it’s about the thrilling driving experience it delivers.
Constructed primarily from carbon fiber and fiberglass, the Aurelio is exceptionally lightweight, providing drivers with a heightened sense of control and exhilaration. It comes equipped with 18-inch Rota wheels and a VR4 front and rear suspension, enhancing its capabilities on the road.
As you enter the Aurelio’s interior through scissor doors, you’ll find a sidepod cabin made from fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and carbon fiber firewall components. In the past, the company offered customization options for features and upholstery, allowing buyers to personalize the car’s interior.
The Aurelio’s exterior design draws inspiration from leading names in the supercar segment. Combined with vibrant paint options, low-slung ground clearance, and sharp edges, it’s easy to mistake this car as European-made. However, what distinguishes the Aurelio is its origin. Around 80 percent of the car’s parts and components are locally produced, highlighting Filipino craftsmanship.
Now, let’s talk about pricing. The company priced the Aurelio at P1.6 million, considering its production capacity of six to ten units a year. In conclusion, the Aurelio symbolizes Filipino ingenuity and ambition in the global stage of high-performance automotive manufacturing. The Philippines is poised to make its mark in the world of super sports cars, with the Aurelio leadingt he charge.
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Jelaine Jairah Castor, born in the City of Meycauayan Bulacan, is the Writer, Columnist and Social Media Manager at VIBEANT magazine. With expertise as a Digital Artist specializing in Vexel-style portraits, she is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.