The Aurelio sports supercars, created by Kevin Factor, an engineering student, and Brendan Aurelio of Aurelio Concepts, Inc., is the Philippines’ representative and its pride in the automobile industry. It also has earned positive remarks during the recently conducted Trans Sport Show held last May 15-17, 2015 at the World Trade Center. Yes we all now we have arrived very late in this scene, but, of course, it is always never too late for us to start creating and supporting something of our own. All I can say is, kudos to Aurelio Concepts for making it this far!
The supercar is 100% Filipino made. Well, not really. Everything is Filipino made except for the engine, magwheels, and tires, which are from out of the country – as with any other product in its initial stage, importing parts from another country is quite normal. The rest is 100% Filipino made and its production is spread out in different areas: Laguna, Caloocan, Quezon City, and Marikina.
The supercar looks and feels like the real thing, though some areas for improvement seriously needs to be addressed – especially the visible hinges on the panel gaps of the scissor doors in below video (this is just a prototype so expect a better product come release date):
First making headlines mid-2014, the Aurelio sports supercars have already caught Europe’s attention, specifically by European car magazines and news outlets:
The Philippines supercars to start with the arrival of Aurelio, developed by Factor-Aurelio Customs. De fake Ferrari 458 Italia tunes in front, McLaren F1 and Lamborghini Reventon profile at the back, here Factor-Aurelio. If his name means nothing to you, is that Aurelio comes from far away on the other side of the world, not really in a country known for its automotive achievements: the Philippines.
- France’s SportAuto.fr (translated from French using Google Translate)
Something reminiscent of a super car has just been born in the Philippines. And it doesn’t look bad, actually.
It almost looks like a Ferrari and the design is only a hair’s breadth away from packing a punch. If we disregard the obvious Italian inspiration behind it, the only things to shut our eyes to are the over the top front and side vents, that joke of a back wing, and the discrepancy between the wheel and the curve of the body. Judging by the photographs there’s a bit of a kit-car vibe going on, but for a first job it certainly is impressive.
An unknown brand from the Philippines could have a hard time cracking the prestigious sports car market, especially with a model that has something of a cheaply executed, home-made Ferrari. Of course, not knowing the performance figures, who are we to judge, but our guess is poor Aurelio won’t make the cut.
- Hungary’s Total Car Magazine
Though the initial reviews may not be that favorable, attention IS attention. If Aurelio does take note and improve on all the criticisms it faces, the brand can only go up from hereon.
The question is, what’s next for Aurelio supercars and how can buy one of our own? According to reports, all we’re seeing are prototypes, and the production stage hasn’t taken place. Yet. That means we still have time to save up for when the selling stage is up (Cost is around PHP1.5 Million).
Meanwhile, GMA news network confirmed that the Pinoy supercar already has a list of prospective buyers ranging from local politicians to foreign film directors and Hollywood actors. And since we’re talking Hollywood, I’m just hoping to see this supercar in the next James Bond film!
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