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2021 Czinger 21C Review

BODY TYPE: Luxury
The world of hypercars is a very dynamic one, and over the past few years we’ve seen a great deal of new names rising to take the spotlight. Some have done so briefly, and their projects never came to fruition, while others have firmly embedded themselves into this exclusive segment.
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The latest arrival to the scene is Czinger Vehicles, a Los Angeles-based startup that is trying to break the mold in the realm of hypercars with a brand new, hybrid high-performer that should become the world’s first 3D printed hypercar.

The company, led by a man named Kevin Czinger, was planning to unveil the 21C, as it calls its product, at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but due to its cancellation on account of the coronavirus pandemic, was left with only the choice of an online unveiling.

Czinger is no stranger to the auto industry. The man has been trying to make a name for himself for years now, ever since he was involved in a project called Divergent Blade, one that didn’t actually materialize.

The 21C on the other hand did, and by the looks of it is a high-performance hybrid monster that has all the chances of being a hit, provided a handful of people find it interesting enough to get the project going into production.

1Exterior design & features

The 21C retains the classic look of what we presently consider hypercars, with a low stance, roundish lines all over, and a mean, road hungry look. A design that has been inspired, says Czinger, by the SR-71 Blackbird aircraft.

The body of the car has been crafted on top of a chassis that is made of alloys and carbon fiber. There’s a big, bubble-like cabin smack down in the middle of it, flowing into the sweeping front end.

There are openings and cuts all around the body of the car, and two massive air intakes right in front of the rear wheels. Each of these cuts and lines, says Czinger, is supposed to connect either two graphic functions, or two functional ones, as each part has been designed to serve a particular purpose.

The rear end of the car looks chopped off, but that doesn’t make the 21C look bad, but meaner still.

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2Interior design, features
and passenger space

There are two seats in the Czinger 21C, placed not one next to the other, but one behind the other. This gives the car an in-line seating configuration in the bubble cabin we mentioned earlier, but also helps with weight distribution.

Being a hypercar means the 21C is intended for people with high expectations, and that means great care had to be taken when sculpting the surfaces and choosing the materials.

Most of the interior – which, as in any hypercar, comes in a very small size – is wrapped in Alcantara. There are not many control surfaces, as aside for the sport steering wheel, located right in front of the proper displays, there is no other such hardware.

3Gadgets

When it comes to gadgetry, we’re still in the dark as to what the 21C is all about. The company behind this car did not specify any of the characteristics in this field, so there’s very little to go on.

The 21C has two screens on what may be considered the dashboard, but there’s no information as to their capabilities, other than the fact they relay back to the driver the information needed for each drive.

4Performance

As with any hypercar, what matters perhaps the most in its build is the powertrain. In this case, we’re talking about a hybrid system with insane performances.

The combustion engine at the core of the system is a flat crank 2.88-liter in size in a V8 configuration that has not been sourced from elsewhere, but developed in-house by Czinger. Aiding the ICE unit are two electric motors.

The combustion engine is mounted mid-vehicle and spins the rear wheels, being controlled by a seven-speed automated manual transmission, while the motors are fitted on the front axle and spin the two front wheels.

The combined output of the system is 1,250 hp, with the redline coming at 11,000 rpm. Given the fact the car weighs just 1,200 kg, that means a power-to-weight ratio that is even better than 1:1.

Given those figures, the car is capable of reaching 62 mph from a standstill in just 1.9 seconds, while a quarter-mile is achieved in 8.1 seconds. The top speed is rated at 432 kph (268 mph).

5Safety

Czinger did not release any information about what safety systems have gone into the 21C, apart from the mandatory restraints that are required to be fitted in cars.

We do know the chassis underpinning the car is made of high-performance alloy and carbon fibre multi-material structures which should give the 21C enough strength to withstand crashes if they occur.

6Conclusion

As with any hypercars, the 21C will not be produced in great numbers. Czinger plans to have 80 of them made, starting with a date that has not yet been announced.

Those 80 units include both road and track versions, with the latter coming as a tad lighter version of the road car. Prices have not been announced.