And it's planning a new bespoke supercar every year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
At the Goodwood Festival of Speed this past weekend, British engineering outfit Lanzante Limited took the covers off the world's first drop-top version of the McLaren P1. It looks so good that we can't help but think that McLaren missed a trick by not offering such a thing to its customers itself. Similarly, in 2021, the firm created a road-legal version of the Pagani Zonda Revolucion. Clearly, there is a lot of interest in making versions of supercars that the manufacturers decided against, and the company has now announced that it will continue to do this glorious work. In fact, as part of a deal with the event, Lanzante will reveal a new car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed every year.
Speaking with British publication Autocar, company boss Dean Lanzante said that his company plans to launch "a project of some kind" each year. "Because of the type of work we're doing, all will be low-to-medium-volume," said Lanzante. We can think of a few hypercars that haven't yet received the drop-top treatment and could be made more exciting for it. For example, a roofless version of the Bugatti Chiron could be immensely popular but could prove mechanically difficult to pull off.
However, Lanzante says that each forthcoming project will have to be noteworthy in its own way: "A lot of our work is performance-led, and I want to keep it pure to that. It can't just be visual or cop-out aesthetics to get easy sales. Everything has to have its place and be special in itself."
Lanzante goes on to say that its future creations are "not all based on McLaren," and that gives us the opportunity to speculate about what could come next. Perhaps the mad monster that is the Pagani Huayra R could get a road-legal version. Perhaps a drop-top Lamborghini Huracan STO could be built. Heck, perhaps a two-door supercar could be made from the bones of a Tesla Model S Plaid. Whatever future projects turn out to be like, Lanzante is adamant that it wants to keep its business niche so that it can give its customers "one-on-one attention." So if you have an otherworldly vision for a supercar and the bank balance to facilitate such a build, give Lanzante a call and see what's possible. Bring on 2023.