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Czinger 21C gets a V Max variant with new bodywork for top speeds

Czinger 21C gets a V Max variant with new bodywork for top speeds

Even vendors offering delicious cuts of meat know that you’re selling the sizzle, not the steak. That’s what Czinger went to Monterey Car Week with a third version of his tandem two-seater 21C and his planned Hyper GT. We’ll start with the 21C, which, remember, launched with two body styles. There was a road version and a track version whose aero equipment provided three times the downforce of the road car. The 21C V Max takes the road car in the opposite direction to the track car, streamlining and lengthening the body to trade air resistance for speed.

The package should get more speed from the 2.88-litre twin-turbo V8 that sits behind the cab in all 21Cs, aided by the two electric motors on the front axle. Founder Kevin Czinger said in Monterey that the 1,233 horsepower powerplant enables the same 0-60 time of less than two seconds as the other variants. After everything from the front splitter to the rear diffuser has been reworked, the Vmax should be even faster than the claimed 27-second sprint from zero to 250 mph and back to zero for the regular 21C. Claimed quarter-mile time is 8.1 seconds, claimed top speed is 253 miles per hour.

The V Max will be part of the 21C’s 80 unit, allowing buyers to choose three flavors at a cost of $1.7 million each. The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of next year.

At some point after the 21C begins deliveries, Czinger plans to put his second vehicle into production, now known as the Hyper GT. It’s powered by the same hybrid setup as the 21C, but with the ICE up front and – we assume – the e-motors in the back. Czinger says this will be “the most powerful Grand Tourer ever” and “by far the best performing GT ever built and ever put on the street”, which also happens to have room for four adults and their luggage; those occupants enter through gullwing doors, because the wow factor of 1,233 hp you do not see at the valet stand.

Since we are so far from production, we are not sure what the interior will contain. But the company plans to manufacture 1,000 of the Hyper GT at its Los Angeles headquarters, each costing between $750,000 and $1 million, and then follow up with a battery-electric model sometime before 2030. Czinger told car“Czinger’s original concept was to produce that ultimate road car [the 21C] that could set all the records.” After the reception of the 21C and breaking the Laguna Seca lap record, he said: “Then the idea was ‘This could be a really, really cool brand’, with the father-son combination [referring to his son and co-founder Lukas]That makes for a whole host of the most off-the-hook vehicles in each of the categories.”