Both as a pilot and as an engineer, Tony Gillet is continuously in search of performance and perfection. After being Belgian champion of hill racing for some years, he prepared cars for 2 Paris-Dakar rallies, and eventually stepped into the motorcar industry in 1982 as the Belgian importer of Donkervoort cars. He breaks his first record in 1990, at the wheel of a Donkervoort, of course.
Everyone is filled with admiration when Tony Gillet produces the Vertigo: first as a prototype in 1991, then with a participation in the Brussels Motorshow of 1992, and afterwards a year for the homologation process, with the Crash-Test that went very smoothly for the Vertigo. And finally in 1994, when the first production Vertigo is marketed.
The frame results from the design of Charles Vandenbosh and high-quality motorcar technology: a full carbon manufactured framework, borrowed from the Formula 1. 1994 is also the year of a new Guinness-book record with 0-100 km/h in 3.266 seconds and the move to new premises in order to prepare future activities.
2001 sees the creation of the " Belgium Racing Team ". The Vertigo is presented to king Albert II and a specially equipped Vertigo is adapted for the former F1-pilot, Philippp Streiff, who got seriously injured in an accident during the Grand Prix of Brazil in 1989. He drives the Vertigo, using a joystick. At this time, everything becomes possible for the Belgian manufacturer: Prince Albert of Monaco and the singer Johnny Hallyday both drive a Vertigo.
The Vertigo models follow each other; the car gets a roof, butterfly doors and is equipped with a more powerful engine: a 3.0-liter V6 from Alfa Romeo.
The R & M. department (Research & Moldering) manufactured the transparent roof on the Mercedes used for the marriage of Prince Philippe and Mathilde…
The Vertigo makes itself a name in motorsports with a participation in a first international race in Bahrain in November 2004. In 2005, the car is approved for the FIA championships. Some prestigious pilots then succeed each other at the wheel of the Vertigo, with results which are in line with Tony Gillet's creativity: triple FIA GT world champion in the G2 category in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2008, the Vertigo .5 is launched. In 2009, the competition is left aside for a while in order to prepare the commercialisation of the next Vertigo .5 generation. March 2011 : the Vertigo .5 Spirit: lighter, more powerful and a return to the original spirit of Tony Gillet.