In fact, collaborating with the Swiss company New Concept Aktiengesellshaft, the new brand Emme was created for the construction of luxury cars and the first model built was the 422T.
Assembled in the city of Pindamonhangaba, the car had a steel frame covered with a body made of VeXtrim, a very light high-strength plastic.
The engine was a four-cylinder Lotus 910S, managed by a five-speed Tramec T5 manual transmission and combined with rear-wheel drive.
Derived from the Lotus Esprit S4, the engine delivered 265 hp with 354 Nm torque and allowed the 422T to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 5 seconds with a maximum speed of 270 km / h.
The development of the car required $ 200,000,000 but it proved to be a failure, as only 15 units were produced until 1999, the year in which Emme closed due to bankruptcy.
The main reason for the failure was the strong devaluation of the Brazilian Real which made the purchase of important spare parts from Great Britain too expensive.
In addition, there were problems regarding the poor assembly of the body in VeXtrim performed by unqualified personnel.
The company faced even legal problems, having shamelessly copied the design of the Volvo ECC, concept car of 1992 from which the S80 of 1998 derived.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE 422T
In summary we are faced with the worst $ 200,000,000 spent in the history of motoring, although the car, in principle, I do not mind. And what do you think of it?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation