Work on the first Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa has begun.
Best known for building the stunning Corvette-powered 5300 GT Strada in the 1960s, the Italian sports car manufacturer Bizzarrini is making a surprise comeback. Bizzarrini was originally founded in 1964 by Giotto Bizzarrini who engineered the legendary Ferrari 250 GT but was shut down in 1969.
With the help of former Aston Martin executives, Bizzarrini was received last year and is preparing to launch its first car in decades: the 5300 GT Revival Corsa. After making its first public appearance at the London Concours and the Hampton Court Concours d'Elegance, production of the 5300 GT Revival Corsa will take place at a new dedicated factory in the UK.
With work on its new1,500 suqare meter manufacturing facility now complete, Bizarrini has begun building chassis 000, the first true Bizzarrini in 16 years. To make the continuation car as authentic as possible, the team is referencing Giotto Bizzarrini's hand-annotated blueprints and detailed engineering drawings as well as an original 5300 GT Corsa. The team is also studying chassis 0222, which won its class in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each continuation car will feature styling cues inspired by chassis 0222.
"Bringing our team together under one roof has given Bizzarrini an enormous impetus," said CEO Christopher Sheppard, "And to see chassis 000 come together alongside our 1965 car has been both emotional and inspiring. The extremely high quality of workmanship is evident in every single bespoke component we are creating."
Referencing over 1,000 documents and drawings, the design team wants to replicate the original race car's curvaceous design as closely as possible while adhering to modern racing regulations to make it eligible for historic racing. Power will be sourced from a period-correct 5300 cubic inch V8 producing around 400-480 hp. Production will be limited to just 24 examples, with customer deliveries starting in February 2022.
"Opening our new manufacturing facility is a milestone in Bizzarrini's journey. We believe that the team we have assembled are world-class, with many years' experience of working on iconic road and racing machines between them," said Bizzarrini's owner, Rezam Al-Roumi. "We are naturally extremely excited to bring the Bizzarrini marque back to life, as well as work closely with our customers to deliver a machine that honors the legacy of this brand and celebrates the rare art of hand-crafted manufacturing techniques and bespoke engineering."