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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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With the new Tender2, Carrozzeria Castagna inaugurates a series of one-offs derived from the electric Fiat 500, after several creations based on the combustion-engined model, also under the Abarth brand. The atelier, which has acquired no fewer than 32 3D printers for the carbon customisation of its new models, has created this example for the Hotel Mandarin Oriental in Blevio, whose guests can now rent this little beach car with a canopy to enjoy the view of Lake Como.

Built in eight months on the basis of the “La Prima” launch edition, the Tender 2 sports a tone-on-tone mustard yellow bodywork, combined with a Sapelli mahogany wood kit with eight-layer workmanship inspired by the most classic Riva motorboats, to give this material a characteristic shiny, almost glassy effect. Even the chrome-plated ‘comet’, which is placed on the lower part of the side, is inspired by nautical elements, such as the side air exhausts of the Riva boats themselves.

Inside are two BMW-derived power seats, customised with brown eco-leather upholstery in different tones, which also characterises the lower part of the dashboard, the armrest and other elements of the passenger compartment. The backrests of these seats are made of yellow-grey-brown nautical fabric with a houndstooth motif, which is also echoed in the large, horizontally developed element of the dashboard. There is also a soft carpet covering at the occupants’ feet.

The rear of the car is where the nautical inspiration is most evident, thanks to an extensive use of mahogany and the presence of the side lockers, with relative hatches. On the entrance threshold the presence of a steel door sill is evident, whose chrome finish is recalled by the cap at the bottom of the floor: by lifting it, it is possible to take advantage of the supplied shower. Here again there is no absence of wicker, a classic in Castagna customisation.