The Czinger 21C is a hybrid hypercar with a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, and a whole lot more
Los Angeles-based Czinger Vehicles already made headlines with its organically shaped and 3D-printed suspension components, but the startup’s 21C hypercar promises a lot more than just fancy control arms. Starting with the company’s performance claims, we’re looking at a 0-62 mph run in 1.9 seconds, a quarter mile in 8.1 seconds, and a 0-248-0 mph rush in 29 seconds. To compare, the current 0-248-0 mph record is held by the Koenigsegg Regera at 31.49 seconds, with Christian von Koenigsegg expecting to achieve a sub-30 figure on a grippier surface later this year.
Tucked low into its 265-pound carbon-fiber chassis, the 21C packs an in-house developed 2.88-liter 80-degree flat-plane crank V-8, with a pair of 73-mm turbos and a redline at 11,000 rpm. This small V-8 also comes with flex-fuel capability, which means it can run on sustainable ethanol like the Freevalve-engined Koenigsegg Gemera. To reach a total output of 1250 horsepower and hybrid all-wheel drive, the 21C features two additional axial flux motors, with each producing up to 273 ft-lb or torque and 201 horsepower to power a front wheel with torque vectoring.
Czinger opted for a seven-speed automated sequential transmission gearbox to handle all this power, which is available in two configurations: full race dog gears for fastest possible shift times, and a more street optimised synchromesh configuration for a smoother experience.
Czinger says that its chassis integrates functions like cooling, fluid routing and exhaust sound management, while its “Thermal Syphons” surrounding the turbos and headers pull cool air from below the engine, “symphoning the hot air out of the decklid”.
Other party pieces in the name of lower unsprung mass include hollow front upper control arms, which are made of special alloys allowing for a unique three-dimensional internal structure design.
With a dry weight target of under 1200 kg (2645 pounds), and a hybrid drivetrain pushing out a peak 1250 horsepower, this new hypercar named after the 21st century promises a better than 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, along with in-line seating for a central driver position SCG 004-style.
The 21C is limited to 80 units, with all cars being “hand fit and finished” at Czinger’s Los Angeles workshop. Founded by Kevin Czinger, America’s latest automotive startup is planning to launch a whole series of performance vehicles in this coming decade.
Following the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show, the 21C’s public reveal took place in London: