Czinger 21C’s Path a Return to Elite Ownership

Czinger’s latest hypercar, the 21C is a vision of how the clock could be turned back to when personal transport was a niche product for an exclusive set.

For, just as the leading sportscars of the early part of the last century were the preserve of the fortunate, discerning few, urbanization of the 21st Century, the inspiration for the car’s name, will see the end of mass market vehicle production started by Henry Ford. In fact, a return to a modern version of the bespoke, coach-built racing sportscars from the stables of iconic producers like Bentley, Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. That’s the view of the Los Angeles automaker’s chief commercial officer, Jens Sverdrup.

The former head of sales for hypercar rival Koenigsegg, was talking to TU-Automotive at the 21C’s world debut in London this week following the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show owing to coronavirus restrictions by the Swiss government. He said the car paves the way to a new bespoke motoring future with the demise of mass vehicle ownership.

Sverdrup said: “I believe the future of vehicle production will depend on the carmaker’s agility and here our extensive use of 3D printing both for tooling and vehicle components will give us an edge.

“It’s clear the urbanization of populations will see the end of mass market manufacturing and a future of very individualistic vehicles to meet specific needs and demands.” The new 21C is certainly out to meet a one very specific need – that of the race track refugee like the brand’s creator and CEO, Kevin Czinger.

At the launch Czinger made great play about his passion for modifying and car’s and motorcycles for race and track day use when he started helping his older brothers in their LA garage when only eight-years-old. His passion is clearly undiminished as he told the media at the launch under the railway arches in London’s Eastend how much he was looking forward to track testing the new car with engineers in the coming few weeks.

Just 80 models of the 21C are being planned and for around $1.7M the lucky owners will get an in-house manufactured 1,230bhp hybrid powertrain using a 2.9-liter gasoline V8 engine. This unit claims a 11,000rpm rev limit and to deliver a 0-62mph sprint in 1.9 seconds, a standing quarter time of just over 8 seconds and a top speed nudging 270mph.

It’s two front axle mounted electric motors make it all wheel drive for added grip and yet, despite the added complexity, the car claims a dry weight of just 1,200kg (2,640lbs) allowing the automaker to claim the world’s most “power dense” vehicle on the road. The interior, while luxurious as you’d expect for the price tag, is also track focused using a jet-fighter in-line two seat arrangement offering the driver maximum vision and concentration. Despite the obvious niche focus of this particular product, Sverdrup added that the automaker’s production processes can handle volume of up to 5,000 vehicles a year from its current facility, albeit even with that volume prices are unlikely to dip under $300,00.

He said: “We have several other models in the pipeline including a four-seater and an SUV all benefiting from our agile manufacturing capability.” It has to be said that, for the fortunate few with the passion, and wallets, to enjoy the ‘new reality’ of car ownership, the future could be a very attractive one indeed!

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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