New model from resurrected sports car firm uses Megane Renaultsport power and a carbonfibre chassis
5 March 2014

The launch of the Ermini Seiottosei at the Geneva motor show marks the rebirth of the 1950s race car marque Ermini.

The Seiottosei is a two seat Barchetta based around a steel frame with a carbonfibre front end structure. Ermini says the entire frame weighs 40kg, while the entire car weighs just 686kgs.

It uses a mid-mounted Renault F4Rt RS engine from the Megane Renaultsport which develops 261bhp and 266lb ft. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox.

Destined to compete in the crowded track car market, the Seiottosei weighs just 685kg, with a quoted 0-62mph time of less than 3.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 167mph. Just 46 examples are understood to be planned.

The Seiottosei features 17in OZ Racing alloy wheels and Toyo 888 tyres. Brakes are supplied by Brembo but like the seats and Nardi steering wheel, the system has been specially developed for the car.

Ermini says it has spent three years developing the Seiottosei and the niche manufacturer is currently testing the car ahead of putting the car into production in the coming years.

Ermini made its last sports car, the 357 Sport 1500cc, in 1955. The firm has been bought back alongside fellow Italian brand Automobili Turismo e Sport.

Dan Stevens

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