2021 Czinger 21C – Track & Road Version / Exterior and Interior. The ultra-light, superbly finished, hybrid-powered Czinger 21C, developed under the direction of former Koenigsegg technical director Jon Gunner, looks the real deal, a car with the explosive performance potential of a Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. But what’s really intriguing is the way it’s made: Czinger founder Kevin Czinger (pronounced “zinger”) has created a manufacturing system that could change the way all cars are built.
The 21C was to have been unveiled at the Geneva show. Instead, two cars—one in road-going specification, the other in a lightweight track configuration—were revealed in London’s trendy Shoreditch area.
Designed under the direction of former Mitsubishi designer Dave O’Connell, the 21C is a compact, muscular-looking thing, with jet-fighter-style seating that positions the passenger behind the driver under a long, narrow, central canopy. Inspirations for that, Kevin Czinger says, included the iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, Top Gun’s F-14 Tomcat, and Star Wars movie spaceships.
Even by today’s hypercar standards, the numbers quoted by Czinger are impressive: 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds; the quarter mile done and dusted in 8.1 seconds; 0-186 mph in 15 seconds; 0-248 mph and back to a standstill in a stunning 29 seconds. In road spec, the 21C has a top speed of 268 mph and generates 551 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. The track version tops out at a mere 236 mph thanks to the drag from a massive rear wing that contributes to a staggering 1,742 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. “This car is designed to hunt for track records,” Kevin Czinger says. No kidding.
Two things make the 21C’s performance possible: high power density and low weight.
The internal combustion part of the 21C’s hybrid powertrain is an ultra-compact 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 designed and built in-house at Czinger, driving the real wheels through a unique seven-speed automated manual transmission that’s also been designed in-house and is available in full-race dogbox spec for even faster shift times. The little V-8, which features an 80-degree vee, four valves per cylinder, a 9.5:1 compression ratio, and flex-fuel capability, makes 950 hp at a dizzying 10,500 rpm, says chief technical officer Gunner, which means it pumps out 330hp per liter. Redline is 11,000 rpm.
Up front are two 201-hp electric motors, one for each front wheel, allowing for infinitely variable torque vectoring to improve handling, which can be fine-tuned by adjusting compression and rebound damping for each wheel on a chassis that also has adjustable ride height and an active pitch control system. The e-motors are powered by a compact fast-charge, quick-discharge lithium-titanate battery pack that’s kept topped up by an engine-driven starter-generator system.
Total system output is 1,233 hp. In road specification, the 21C weighs just 2,756 pounds; the track version comes in at a feathery 2,685 pounds. That calculates to weight-to-power ratios of 2.23 pounds per horsepower and 2.17 pounds per horsepower, respectively. For context, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport lugs 2.9 pounds per horsepower; the McLaren Senna, 3.8 pounds per horsepower.
Just 80 Czinger 21Cs will be made, priced from $1.7 million, plus taxes. Although the Divergent 3D process enables dramatic reductions in development and manufacturing times, each 21C will be meticulously hand-finished and hand-assembled at the company’s Los Angeles-area plant, taking more than 3,000 hours to complete. The car is also 50-state legal in terms of both emissions and crash ratings and will also be able to be legally sold in Europe.
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