The Czinger 21C is the latest hybrid hypercar promising tons of horsepower, but more interestingly, it’s a lightweight that revs to 11,000rpm and it’s brought to you by Kevin…
A thousand horsepower doesn’t even make a car enthusiasts flinch these days. Electricity put paid to that – I mean, even my vacuum cleaner says 1,200 somethings on the side. We’re onto better things now, measured in kilos and revolutions per minute.
This is why Kevin Czinger, a man from California you’ve never heard of before, can boast 1,250 horsepower for his 21C hypercar creation and nobody really cares. These hogwash supercars, like the W Motors Fenyr, Devel Sixteen and the rest, all had their minute of fame and then the world went back to, you know, engineering integrity.
Speaking of which, this Kevin fella, he seems to be onto something here – the Czinger 21C (it’s pronounced like the KFC Zinger sandwich with a silent c) is claimed to be going into production with a limited run of 80 examples of road and track-orientated versions, and the specs make for interesting reading.
The 21C boasts an in-house developed twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V8 with a flat-plane crank just like a real Ferrari. The internal-combustion engine is mounted in the middle, while two electric motors drive the front wheel, and a seven-speed automated manual transmission completes the drivetrain. Total output is 1,250 horsepower, which is your cue to roll your eyes, but hang on – the thing weighs under 1,200kg and revs to 11,000rpm. This is of course a 1:1 power ratio which ensures a claimed zero to 100km/h acceleration time of under two seconds, and a quarter mile dispatched in 8.1 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 400km/h.
We’ve already heard these kind of rev limits promised by Gordon Murray for his T.50 hypercar featuring a Cosworth developed V12, but that one’s naturally aspirated, as is the unrelated V12 in the middle of the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie. The Czinger 21C however is interesting since it’s force-fed and still capable of such high revolutions per minute.
To keep the kilos down the Czinger 21C features a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and throws in Murray’s old centre-seating trick for optimal balance and weight distribution. This also allows for a narrow tandem-seat cabin for less drag. The Czinger 21C will make its official public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show when we’ll find out more about just how serious these Californians really are.
Pricing for each of the 80 examples is said to be in the region of $2 million give or take a few hundred thousand, which makes this a bit of a bargain in this segment of excess, even if it means you’ll end up having to tell people your hypercar was designed by a guy called Kevin.