BH CORRESPONDENT, Geneva: When you look at the universe of boutique low-volume super or hyper car makers, its Europe which hogs the limelight with evocative names like Italy’s Pagani or Sweden’s Koenigsegg dominating the market.
Across the Atlantic, in US, Czinger Vehicles is a new name which plans to challenge the established players with its groundbreaking 21C hypercar, of which just 80 will be built using ground-breaking manufacturing technologies and applications.
The Czinger 21C hybrid supercar will officially debut next month at the Geneva International Motor Show. Founder and CEO Kevin Czinger will personally introduce the Czinger brand and the 21C to the public on 3 March.
As a performance vehicle designer and manufacturer, Czinger says it seeks to achieve iconic design, revolutionary technology applications and dominating performance.
The 21C is manufactured using cutting-edge technology tools that are integrated into a patented production system. The company has designed an unique production system, including automated design and optimisation software, patented additive manufacturing driven processes, high accuracy automated assembly.
Each 21C is hand assembled from the fit and finish of each and every part – from seat brackets to suspension components – to the hand-crafted carbon fibre and multi-layer, show quality paintwork. Aluminium and titanium alloys have been used in suspension wishbones, front crash structure, windscreen surround and dashboard.
The 21C chassis is lightweight, and uses proprietary high-performance alloy and carbon fibre multi-material structures. Computationally engineered, 3D printed and assembled, the chassis is home to an in-house designed strong hybrid powertrain that drives all four wheels.
On the performance level, engineers have achieved 1:1 power to weight ratio. The car is powered by a 2.88-litre, flat crank V8 with twin turbos located mid-vehicle, and an electric motor assigned to each front wheel. Zero to 100 km/h sprint time of the 1,250kg car is 1.9 seconds. At 329hp per litre, Czinger’s priorities are clear – maximize power to weight and power efficiency.
Two front traction motors and one combined crank-driven generator and starter (to ensure the power from the lithium battery pack is readily available when needed) completes the strong hybrid set-up, which in total is tuned for 1,250 hp. This is paired with a seven-speed sequential transaxle gearbox with a hydraulic actuated multi-plate clutch to complete the entire drivetrain, which is designed, developed and built by Czinger.
Czinger’s cabin is unusual, the driver sits in the middle of the car with the passenger directly behind.
The 21C is priced at $1.7 million a pop.