Cizeta-Moroder V16T (1991): the Lamborghini Diablo of 16 cylinders that Marcello Gandini would like to have built

Dissociate Marcello Gandini of Lamborghini, it is simply impossible. After the founding of Bertone, was responsible for its final design to the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, without going any further. The DeTomaso Pantera or the Bugatti EB110 were also creations of the Italian. In the late 80’s, Marcello Gandini had been sent to Lamborghini, its design proposal for the Devil. Then owned by Chrysler, the design was in part rejected by the americans, who considered it too far, redesigning part of the car.

At the end of the 80’s, the economic bubble existing opened to all kinds of excesses of court automobile.

Frustrated by the situation, Marcello Gandini he contacted with his friend Claudio Zampolli. This brilliant engineer automotive Italian was developing a powerful supercar craft, and I needed someone to design a body sweeping. Gandini suggested to him the manufacture of the Lamborghini Diablo that Chrysler would not let him build, far more extreme and daring than the final product – that under no circumstances could be defined as bland or lacking personality, everything is said. The Cizeta Moroder began to take shape.

Lamborghini_Diablo_SV_1999_auction_DM_4The Devil had a more rational design.

to be able To produce this supercar handcrafted, Claudio Zampolli needed funding. Was associated with the legendary music producer and composer Giorgio Moroder – among other things, he composed the soundtrack of Scarface – and got the funding necessary to bring the project to fruition. Cizeta is the pronunciation in Italian of the initials of Claudio Zampolli and Moroder is the name of the music producer. V16 refers to its schema of the motor and T to the provision of its transmission, as we shall see a little later. Now, viajad with me to 1988.

The story of the Cizeta-Moroder V16T

Moroder is liberated of the company in 1990, and all of the cars were sold as “Cizeta V16T”.

Was the Lounge of Geneva 1988, and to a server still had a few months to be born. It was a time of economic boom, and brands like Ferrari couldn’t cope to sell their production – in fact, Ferrari decided not to limit the production of your F40 in view of its huge demand. In that euphoric atmosphere Cizeta-Moroder presented the V16T in the sample, switzerland. A super sports car look really sporty, aggressive and elegant at the same time. The side gills called so much attention as its width.

cizeta-moroder-v16t-historia7is Actually the Cizeta-Moroder V16T looked like a Lamborghini Diablo. At least its aggressive front was there, as well as the shape of the cabin and its wonderful lighthouses disappearing. The Devil had a pair of headlights disappearing, but Gandini put four headlights on the Cizeta, whose front with the lights on took away the hiccups. But it was especially her behind which made an impression: riding the Pirelli tyres more wide-in production – 335 mm section – and was 2.05 metres of side-to-side.

The car used an aluminum chassis manufactured by Cizeta in a facility close to Modena.

why was it so wide? Because only your engine was 150 centimetres long and was mounted in a transverse position. It was a V16 atmospheric, developed by a group of engineers led by Oliviero Pedrazzi with that Gandini had worked on his stage Countach. Instead of creating a single block, brought together two V8s of three litres with crankshaft and flat-plane – evil tongues speak of origins Ferrari. The motor resulting it had a single crankshaft, and a distribution that is common to both halves, but had eight camshafts.

cizeta-moroder-v16t-historia2With four valves per cylinder and 5,995 cc of cubicaje, this V16 64-valve developed nothing less than 540 HP at 8,000 rpm and a large motor torque: 542 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The red line was located at 9000 rpm, and all the power is sent to the rear-wheel drive through a manual change of five relations. The transmission of the car was located in T with respect to the propeller, placed in a transverse position. The car was no lightweight, in spite of the use of aluminium in its construction: he weighed in at a whopping 1,700 pounds.

Only 8 units would be produced until the company quebrase, in 1995.3 more units were built between 1999 and 2003.

With everything, announcing a performance mule: a 0 to 100 km/h in only 4 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h. Each unit was sold at a price of about 250,000 euros: today we are talking of three-quarters of a million euros if we take into account inflation. The problem was that in your time cost twice as much as a Lamborghini Diablo, with which it competed directly: both were launched to the market in 1991 due to delays in the production of the Cizeta, in part because of its complicated engine.

cizeta-moroder-v16t-historia3Their benefits were never tested officially, and the car suffered from certain problems of quality, as well as an interior little exotic in relation to its aggressive bodywork. The car also could not be approved in the united States, then a key market for the sale of this type of supercars – would have come out too expensive. The brand could only produce 8 units – a prototype included – before breaking up in 1995. The same global recession that was ahead at Bugatti also took to the Cizeta V16T.

Three more units would be produced years later: between 1999 and 2003 Zampolli manufactured under custom two V16T coupe and one Spyder TTJ. The company is settled in California in 2006, and provided the construction of the V16T under commission for prices above $ 600,000. There is No record that these cars have been produced, but interestingly, a unit that was illegally imported into the united States in 2009 – it is believed that by Zampolli. It was seized by customs, and its current location is unknown.

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Source: Cizeta USA | Supercars.net