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Czinger 21C hypercar debuts at Goodwood FoS

Emerging supercar builders aren’t unusual in our contemporary age of electric supercars, but there might be a reason or two why Los Angeles-based new company Czinger might just shine a little brighter than most. Its 21C has now debuted at Goodwood FoS for 2022 before the first cars are delivered later in 2023, with a first model making its way into the famed hill climb.

With the start of production not far away, the hypercar eclipsed the McLaren Senna’s record at Laguna Seca with a time of 1:25:44 to become the fastest production car on the world famous circuit. Czinger has tasked FoS veteran and Spa 24 Hours winner Chris Ward to tackle the famous hill climb.

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As McLaren discovered in the early 90s, if there’s anything that can make you stand out from the crowd, an unusual seating arrangement can be. Designed, engineered, developed and manufactured in the USA, the Czinger 21C is distinguished from almost all other supercars by its tandem seating position, placing the passenger behind the driver. Only seen elsewhere on various cab-leaning gear and the non-waterproof Renault Twizy, the tandem nature of the 21C is, in Czinger’s words, designed for “optimum performance and weight distribution”.

Not only does the 21C differ in its layout, but also in the fact that it is not an electric supercar. Instead, it’s powered by a super-tuned internal combustion engine connected to a hybrid system consisting of an electric motor and a battery, for an output of 1,233 hp and a redline of 11,000 rpm.

That figure is generated by the combination of a mid-mounted 2.88-liter flat-crank V8 boosted by a pair of turbochargers and driven by a seven-speed automated manual transmission, along with a pair of electric motors, each powering a forward motor. wheel.

As expected with such power and an advertised curb weight as low as 1151kg (for a 1:1 power ratio, like the eponymous Koenigsegg One:1), performance looks pretty impressive. Top speed is estimated at 281mph when fitted with the optional low-drag kit, a figure that would make it faster than the Koenigsegg Agera RS and just 1.9mph from the new top speed record holder. , the SSC Tuatara.

The 0-62 mph sprint is in 1.9s, 0-186 mph (or 300 km/h) and back to zero in 13.8 seconds, and 0-248 mph (400 km/h) back to zero in probably quite a thrilling 27.1 seconds – that’s quite a bit quicker than the 31.49 seconds achieved by the Koenigsegg Regera in 2019.

If downforce is a higher priority, the 21C is said to achieve an incredible 2500kg of downforce at 200mph in its most aggressive configuration, including 615kg at just 100mph.

What Czinger clarifies is his use of additive manufacturing and advanced composites, taking full advantage of new age techniques to make the 21C as stiff and light as possible. Peel back the layers and we can see carbon fiber torsion supports and 3D printed nodes knitting the structure together much like a traditional tubular steel space frame.

Besides being a lighter and less time-consuming way to produce these kinds of complex shapes, 3D printing also allows engineers and designers to reduce material in non-critical structural points, imparting an organic aesthetic quality to these components. internal. The contemporary structure will be complemented by attractive carbon exterior panels to match the book and a simple interior with a single information display in front of the driver.

Could Czinger be the next small manufacturer to break into the mainstream like Pagani and Koenigsegg have done before? We’ll have a better idea when the first examples hit the road in 2023.