Bizzarrini has revealed the first details of its “purist” mid-engined supercar. Named after company founder Giotto Bizzarrini, the Giotto is the first all-new car from the reborn Bizzarrini brand.
Technical details are still scarce, but we’re told that Giotto’s Bizzarrini’s work on the long-serving Lamborghini V12 – first used on the 350 GT in 1964 and in production until the Murcielago SV in 2010 – inspired the naturally aspirated V12 engine.
Like the original Bizzarrini 5300 GT (pictured right in Revival guise), the Giotto was also designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose post-design catalog includes the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf, BMW M1, DeLorean DMC-12 and more.
sixty years of history
“Giugiaro still remembers standing with Steve McQueen at Le Mans in 1965,” explains Simon Busby, Bizzarrini’s head of marketing. “He said they were all listening to Bizzarrini going into the pits – it was too loud with its unquiet V8.”
As shown in the sketch above, the carbon fiber-bodied Giotto takes cues from Giugiaro’s classic 5300 GT, with two slim hood vents hiding LED headlights and surrounding a bold Bizzarrini badge.
The wraparound windshield of the 1964 original has been reinterpreted in the style of a sun visor, just like a Le Mans racer. At the rear, Giotto’s tapered tail showcases its mid-mounted engine, framed by powerful hips.
Giorgetto Giugiaro said: “The opportunity to design a new car for Bizzarrini is
a privilege.Our two names in nearly sixty years of history and a series of now iconic
design. With Giotto, we respect the past, but we focus entirely on the future.
“Designed for a specific purpose and combined with active aerodynamics, we have created something that is both recognizable Bizzarrini style and utterly relevant to this new era of the cherished Italian brand.”
“Voice and Emotion”
Busby explained that the requirement to “make a lot of noise” ruled out the new Bizzarrini’s power supply.Instead, the car will use Free-breathing V12 Sourcing from external suppliers.
Power output has yet to be confirmed but will be “around 1,000hp”. Expect 0-62 mph in less than 3.0 seconds and a top speed well in excess of 200 mph. Bizzarrini Chief Technology Officer Chris Porritt said: “We had a very clear vision for Giotto, ultimately defined as how it would make the driver feel…it’s sound and emotion, it’s mechanical, it’s haptic. ”
Going a step further, Simon Busby said the company would consider plug-in hybrid system To meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations – and perhaps also conventional engines fueled by hydrogen.
bizzarini is back
Bizzarrini’s modern incarnation made a comeback with the 5300 GT Corsa Revival, a limited-edition recreation of the car that won its class at Le Mans in 1965. The new Giotto is evidence of even grander plans: probably around 50 cars a year will be built, split between coupe and convertible spyder versions.
Ian Fenton, Bizzarrini CEO, said: “The 5300 GT Corsa Revival was an introduction to the world of Bizzarrini genius, but Giotto is at the heart of our future as an exclusive supercar manufacturer. It forms the heart of a 10-year strategy that will see Bizzarrini More variants and more Revival models, while also firmly placing this long-established and well-respected name among the best performing brands in the world.”
More details on Giotto will be announced later in 2023. As always, we’ll bring you all the latest updates on Motoring Research.
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