The car that deserved more love might be coming back to life.
We live in the golden era of horsepower and fast cars: modern hypercars such as the Rimac Nevera and Mercedes-AMG One embody human ingenuity and technological advancement, and produce power figures once unheard of. In our relentless quest to go faster, some cars are destined for failure, or at the very best, obscurity. One such car is the Cizeta V16T. This Italian oddity was a reject from birth: it was at one stage poised to become theLamborghini Diablo, but ended up being a cool, but expensive failure. Fast forward three decades, and it looks like the Cizeta name is making a comeback: Italian entrepreneur Antonio Mandelli wants to bring the Cizeta Automobili SRL brand back to life, and give the world a new supercar.
Mandelli, who is apparently awaiting the official blessing of Marcello Gandini, the original designer of the Cizeta V16T, plans to keep things old school. The new car will make use of an updated version of the quad-turbo V16 found in the original car, which, just like the Bugatti Chiron, goes against the current trend of electrification.
The ball is already rolling, and according to Mandelli, the project has already secured €40 million in funding from Deutsche Bank, and the first prototype is already in the early testing phase. What we know so far is that the new car will feature a lightweight carbon-fiber tub, and a modernized design of the original car, with many design elements staying more or less the same.
The Cizeta V16T is one of the most exclusive supercars around, with only 12 having seen the light of day. Its wild powertrain was made up of two flat-plane V8s joined together with a common crankcase for a total capacity of 6.0 liters, and a power output of 540 horsepower. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed ZF manual transmission. The 0-60 mph sprint was completed in around 4.5 seconds, and the top speed was a claimed 204 mph. The whole thing was housed in a chromoly tube frame, sitting on single-nut wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires and housing four-pot Brembo brakes. Cizeta founder Claudio Zampolli, who passed away last year, insisted that the car be brought back to life as originally designed, but it seems like the unstoppable wheel of modernization will crush those dreams. We can't wait.