BH Correspondent: It seems that hyper-cars and hybridisation will co-exist as complementary partners and it will be difficult for one to untwine them when it comes to jaw-dropping performance numbers.
Kevin Czinger and David O’Connell conceived the idea of creating a hypercar with a jet fighter-inspired cockpit where the driver’s seat is located in the central position of the cabin with an in-line passenger seat behind that of driver.
The car uses handcrafted carbon fibre composites in its monocoque construction and 3D printed parts. Off-the-shelf parts have also been used. Given the performance parameters it has been aerodynamically optimised and the manufacturer claims at 248km/h the road-going version produces 250kg of downforce while the track version enhances it to 790kg.
With smooth surface treatment and flush fit components, the signature design element at the rear is a full-width LED light strip that stretches full-length, which itself is dominated by a honeycomb grille design.
21C is powered by a hybrid powertrain and the configuration is like this: A Ferrari-sourced twin turbo 2.88-litre, flat crank V8 is placed in the middle and two electric motors (one each on front wheels). A lithium titanate battery pack powers the electric motors. Combined output from the internal combustion engine and electric motors is 1,250hp at 10,500 rpm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a seven-speed sequential transaxle with hydraulic actuated multi-plate clutch.
The car with all its hardware weighs 1,250kg, which in theory gives it a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. As a result, the C21 is capable of the 0-100km/h sprint in 1.9 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in 8.1 seconds, hit 300km/h in 15 seconds, and reach 400km/h in 29 seconds flat. Czinger claims the car has a top speed of 429km/h.
Czinger says only 80 C21s will be built and they won’t be cheap. Each will carry a price tag of $1.7 million.
Kevin Czinger was the guy the man behind the Divergent Blade supercar of 2015. The Blade was claimed to be the first car of its type to use 3D-printing to make body and chassis components.