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US firm's 1233bhp hybrid V8-powered debut model beats McLaren Senna's lap time by more than two seconds
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5 August 2021

New US company Czinger's debut model, the radical 21C hypercar, has beaten the production car lap record at California's Laguna Seca raceway by a considerable margin.

The 1233bhp hyper-hybrid was sent around the 2.24-mile course, with professional racer Joel Millar at the wheel, in just 1min 25.44secs, far outpacing the previous record of 1min 27.62secs set by the McLaren Senna in 2019. Conditions were described as "ideal" and the car used road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2R tyres. 

The Laguna Seca record is the first, Czinger said, in a planned string of future performance record attempts. The 21C will now be prepared for a public appearance at Monterey Car Week from 12-16 August. 

Footage of the Czinger team preparing the car for its record-breaking run, as well as the 21C lapping the track at speed, can be seen below.

Limited to just 80 models, the Aston Martin Valkyrie rival is powered by an in-house-developed twin-turbo 2.88-litre flat-crank V8 that revs to 11,000rpm and sends its power to the rear wheels.

If that wasn't enough, it's also supplemented by two electric motors that power the front wheels, resulting in a total output of 1233bhp. With the road-going version's kerb weight of 1250kg (the lightweight track configuration is just 1218kg), Czinger claims  a true 1:1 power-to-weight ratio (measured in PS and kg). 

Unsurprisingly, the quoted acceleration figures are mind-boggling: 0-62mph in 1.9sec, 0-186mph in 15sec and 0-248mph-0 in a scarcely believable 29.0secs. A 268mph top speed is claimed.

Power is put though a seven-speed sequential gearbox with a hydraulic multi-plate clutch. 

Designed and manufacturered from scratch using innovative 3D printing and automation techniques, the 21C features an alloy and carbonfibre chassis. The design is highly aero focused and Czinger claims at 155mph the road-going version produces 250kg of downforce and the track version makes 790kg.

The car also features an in-line seating arrangement in a fighter jet-style driver-passenger compartment, with a single seat behind the driver. 

Promising to showcase a “paradigm shift in the way vehicles are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured”, the year-old company is named after founder and CEO Kevin Czinger, the man behind the Divergent Blade supercar of 2015.

The Blade was claimed to be the first car of its type to use 3D-printing to form body and chassis components.

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The 21C and its propulsion system are designed, developed, engineered and manufactured from scratch at the company’s base in Los Angeles, California.

A full-width LED light strip stretches across the rear, which is dominated by a honeycomb grille design. Czinger claims boldly that the 21C will be “one of the 21st century’s most advanced performance vehicles”.

Autocar understands that, given the amount of bespoke engineering and innovation included, a seven-figure price is likely.

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Peter Cavellini 6 August 2021

Have just watched a Video on YouTube, it's a single seater, how about a race series?, sign up some has beens , mature drivers shall we say, and race them, could be a support race for Global media's F1 Circus.

Peter Cavellini 5 August 2021

So it's beat a track record driven by a Professional driver, not a collector, who'll most likely be driven in it occasionally, when he feel like an adrenaline rush, the price for it is irrelevant because, there are plenty well off with money to burn, which is fine, you'd be crazy not to, if you were in the same Shoes,and, it's ridiculously fast, very few people have the reactions to drive our daily driver at the speed limits let alone something like this, yes, nice to see one given the beans down a long runway, if you ever see one on the road, put it on here or YouTube.

275not599 5 August 2021
Wow, it has a full width LED light strip!