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Bizzarrini returns with the Giotto supercar

Bizzarrini Giotto

BIZZARRINI GIOTTO – Named Bizzarrini Giotto, the new supercar designed by Giugiaro’s GFG Style that will open a new chapter for the brand founded in 1964 by the famous engineer from Livorno, born in ’26, and returned to the limelight a couple of years ago thanks to the automotive division of Pegasus Brands, a well-known luxury car dealer with offices in London, Geneva, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Back to the past

The rebirth path of this small Livorno based company, whose parabola ended in the short span of six years but left the motoring world such masterpieces as the 5300 GT berlinetta and the P538 and P57 racing barchettas, had begun in the summer of 2021 with the announcement of the imminent start of production of a small series of 5300 GT Revival Corsa 24/65s. Twenty-four units only, built to the original specifications of the legendary 0222 chassis example with which French drivers Regis Fraissinet and Jean de Mortemart in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans won the class reserved for cars above five liters of displacement.

Bizzarrini Giotto

In the elite ranks of the greatest designers of all time, Giotto Bizzarrini occupies a place apart. At the court of some of Italy’s most prestigious automakers, from Alfa Romeo to Ferrari to Iso Rivolta, the Tuscan designer, now 96, with his brilliant insights played a key role in the development of the Ferrari 250 GTO and in the design of Lamborghini’s first engine, that legendary V12 that emitted its first wail in the early 1960s and from which whole generations of powertrains that the Sant’Agata Bolognese-based company mounted under the hoods of its bolides until 2010 were developed.

A new supercar

Leveraging the myth, the activity of rebuilding the cars of the past is a very important part of the journey that led to the rebirth of the Bizzarrini brand. But it is not the only one. The fledgling British-Italian automaker has decided to measure itself on the terrain of modern supercars as well, throwing down a gauntlet to an industry holy monster like the Pagani Huayra. To do so, it has packaged a car that promises “fireworks”: the Bizzarrini Giotto was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro (GFG Style), who sixty years ago traced the forms of the Bizzarrini 5300 GT. The new Bizzarrini Giotto evokes the timeless elegance of that model, projecting it into an ultramodern dimension.

Bizzarrini Giotto

Of the new Bizzarrini Giotto, the company has released in recent hours an initial roundup of renderings that foreshadow the appearance of the real car, which will set its wheels on the road for initial testing in 2024. Made of composite materials, the low, wide and muscular body is made up of soft, curvaceous surfaces, with a drop tail to more effectively dispose of the air flows that will lap it at high speeds. In this regard, the performance provided by the engine, a large and powerful Lamborghini-derived naturally aspirated V12, has not yet been declared, but it will certainly not deviate much from that of an Aventador, a “beast” capable, in the powerful Ultimae version that accompanied it into retirement last year, of “burning” the “0-100” in less than three seconds and exceeding 350 km/h. Bizzarrini’s technical director, Chris Porritt, made it clear in an official note that with the Giotto the ultimate goal is “not to chase acceleration times or lap records, but to develop a car for experienced drivers” who in a dream car seek first and foremost “purity, authenticity and rarity.”

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Bertone has once again outdone itself with the new eco-friendly hypercar, the GB110. What’s special about it? The fuel is obtained by transforming plastic waste.

Every year, Top Marques Monaco manages to attract luxurious brands and models. The renowned event also showcased a new Italian hypercar, the Bertone GB110. Besides its stunning beauty, the hypercar has another remarkable feature that makes it highly intriguing: its ecological spirit. Yes, nowadays, hybrid and electric vehicles are a reality in the industry, but the approach to environmental respect takes a different form here.

From “bi” to Three-Dimensional

For almost two years, the project was the talk of the town following some detailed renderings. But transitioning from “bi” to three-dimensional is a vast leap. This is why enthusiasts were keen to see if the initially proclaimed qualities would hold up in reality. The company’s reputation, earned over years of distinguished service, suggested they would. After sadly going bankrupt in 2014, before rising from its ashes, the designers aimed to astonish visitors. Judging by the initial reactions, they succeeded.

On the occasion of the company’s 110th anniversary, the “stylists on four wheels” unveiled the GB110, and it must be said: it knows how to make an impression. The bodywork of the beast deviates from typical market clichés, and given the many expensive hypercars on sale, this already speaks volumes about its distinctive personality. The front exudes natural charisma with its narrow headlights and the thin extended section between the slightly raised lights above the hood, while the rear displays imposing strength.

Is the Engine from the Lamborghini Huracan? Clues Point to Yes

Previously, company spokespersons admitted to drawing inspiration from a pre-existing car, without specifying which one. We may have to live with this mystery, although the prevailing theory suggests it derives from the Lamborghini Huracan. This is implied by the “beating heart,” a ten-cylinder 5.2-liter engine augmented by a pair of turbochargers, capable of unleashing 1,100 HP and 1,100 Nm of peak torque.

The design team claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.79 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.79 seconds, and reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 14 seconds. The top speed exceeds 380 km/h. The exuberance is delivered through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels.

Impressive numbers, but almost overshadowed by the unique fuel system. Instead of relying on traditional gasoline and diesel, the engineers opted for something truly original: plastic waste. In collaboration with Select Fuel, the company developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into fossil fuel. Speaking about what motivated Bertone to take on this challenge, CEO Jean-Frank stated, “We believe that tackling pollution requires diverse solutions employing various technologies. Plastic waste must be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel, we transform waste into its original form.”