Today you are going to get a detailed look at the Czinger 21C. But before we get into that, we want to get something off our chests. In the world of supercars, words like “bespoke” and “exclusive” get tossed around liberally. All too often, a manufacturer will re-body an existing car from their line up produce less than 100 and call it “exclusive.” It was a novel trick 10 years ago, but these days, it is starting to become a bit played out. Just look to the polarizing response to Lamborghini’s “new” Countach for an example of people growing restless of the trend.
The growing sense of boredom with somewhat artificial exclusivity is why hypercar fans (and customers) are drawn to cars from the likes of Koenigsegg and Rimac Automobili. The hypercars from those brands are truly built from the ground up without relying on any existing chassis or platform. That is why cars like the Jesko and Nevera curry so much favor.
The Czinger 21C is the latest in this new crop of “ground up” hypercars, and we think that it has the potential to shake things up among enthusiasts who may be growing tired of the “limited edition car of the month.”
What is the Czinger 21C?
Pronounced “zinger,” Czinger is a new manufacturer named after its founder, Kevin Czinger. Kevin has a history in electric vehicle design and engineering. He also happens to be obsessed with the SR-71 “Blackbird” spy plane developed by Lockheed’s “Skunk Works” division. The Blackbird was one of the fastest high-altitude planes of its era, with a top speed of over 2,000 miles per hour.
The Blackbird came to be thanks to a very small team employing cutting-edge technology. That aspect of the Blackbird’s DNA is what inspired Czinger to create the 21C hypercar.
The Czinger 21C is a hybrid car with an electric motor behind each of the front wheels and a mid-mounted 2.8-liter, twin-turbo, flat-plane crank V8 engine that was developed in-house. The combination of all three motors adds up to 1,250 horsepower.
It has a unique chassis and support structure that was created by utilizing 3D printing with materials like aluminum and titanium. The Czinger 21C can go from 0 to 62 mph in 1.9 seconds and has a top speed of 281 mph. The 21C recently broke the lap record at Laguna Seca and was about 2 seconds faster around the iconic track than the McLaren Senna.
That amazing performance and its high-tech construction methods are likely reasons why the Czinger 21C is expected to retail for 2 million dollars once it goes into production.
Top Gear gets the first drive
It shouldn’t be surprising that Top Gear is the first media outlet to get a proper drive with the Czinger 21C. The publication has been following the development of the car for the last two years at least. So, when Czinger was ready to toss someone else the keys, Top Gear was first in line.
During their drive, they took the Czinger 21C on a few public roads and then finally to Willow Springs raceway to really stretch it out. However, there were some technical issues with the prototype as you’ll see in the video above. That limited their time driving the car but they did enough to get the point across.
If you have any interest in hypercars, technology, or people who just like to disrupt established conventions, we think you will be very interested in the 21C.