Earlier this week, the upcoming Czinger 21C, an American hypercar capable of completing the 0-62 mph sprint in a ridiculous 1.9 seconds, easily making it one of the quickest cars on the planet. We knew that it made use of a hybrid powertrain, but Czinger hadn’t yet provided the particulars behind the system that provides such neck-snapping acceleration.
The hybrid hypercar can do it in just 29 seconds, according to the official spec sheet, which would shatter Koenigsegg Regera’s record of 31.49 seconds, set last fall. Until the U.S. startup decides to walk the walk with further proof, let’s focus on other bonkers aspects of its impressive machine.
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 1.9 seconds and 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0 mph) is dispatched in 15 seconds. Apparently, it can hit a top speed of 432 km/h (268 mph) and produces 250+ kg (551 lbs) of downforce at 250 km/h (155 mph).
There’s a 2.88-liter twin-turbo V8 with a flat-plane crank stowed amidships driving the rear wheels, good for 950 horsepower. (To get a sense of the march of progress, the 2.855-liter twin-turbo V8 in the 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO produced 350 hp.) Each front wheel gets a high-powered electric motor, serving up all-wheel drive and a combined output of 1,232 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque at 10,500 rpm, 500 rpm short of redline.
The 21C in standard road guise without the big rear wing has a curb weight of 1,250 kilograms (2,756 pounds), and with a metric horsepower rating of 1,250 hp, we’re talking about a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. The 21C Lightweight track-focused car with the big rear wing weighs just 1,218 kg (2,685 pounds). Shifting through a seven-speed automated manual transmission, the road car maxes out at 268 mph, the track car produces more than three times the road car’s downforce so its top speed comes in at 236 mph.
The 21C’s other performance figures are just as phenomenal. A quarter-mile time of 8.1 seconds, 0-186 mph in 15 seconds, and 0-248 mph (400 km/h) in 29 seconds put it into the conversation with the likes of Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. Unlike that car, the 21C will be assembled right here in Los Angeles.
Czinger has priced the 21C from $1.7 million and only 80 examples will be built. Czinger will present both the standard 21C and track-focused version at the upcoming Geneva debut.