A mad hypercar with pistol-shaped door handles : Frangivento Asfané Diecidieci

The name means (not making this up) "IT CAN'T BE DONE" - awesome.

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I feel like we have to start with the name. Frangivento, the name of the company that builds it, is Italian for "windbreaking"; Asfané* is the name of the car and it means "It can't be done" in Turinese dialect, and Diecidieci, the name of the specific model, is Italian for "ten ten (10 10)", a reference to the power output. So the car you see here is basically called the "Windbreaking Itcantbedone Tenten".

The Itcantbedone is a mid-engine hybrid hypercar and design studio built by Frangivento in Turin. It is powered by an 860-hp 5.4-litre V10 and two electric units, for a combined power output of 1,010 hp. It sounds like a lot and things get better, or worse depending who you ask, when you realize that the car is only 1,550 kg, about the same as the McLaren GT which "only" produces 612 hp.

In the car world, people often use the words "mental" and "insane" but in this instance, I think that's an understatement. The body is inspired by the hull of a trimaran and it comes with pistol-shaped door handles because why not. You pull the trigger, literally, and the doors open. Frangivento say this is because they wanted to pay homage to the starting pistol used to signal the beginning of a race in the golden days of motoring. And believe it or not, they say they've painted these pistols gold precisely because they were a tribute to the *golden* days of motoring.

Anyway, if you can get past the absurd door handles, the Itcantbedone does come with a couple of interesting technical features. The rear wheels, for example, are marginally bigger than the front wheels. Now, I know what you're about to say. You're about to say that it is common for supercar manufacturers to use slightly smaller wheels at the front, which is true, but normally, you'd be looking at 19-20 or 20-21 respectively. But no. Frangivento fitted 305/30 R21 carbo-aluminium wheels at the rear, and 245/30 R19 at the front. With carbo-ceramic brakes, of course.

The car costs about a million euros which, in this day and age, for a car this crazy, with this level of power, sounds almost reasonable.

*Asfané is a contraction of As Fa Nen, an expression used in Turinese dialect in the region of Piedmont, Northern Italy to say "it can't be done / it's not happening"

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Comments (92)

  • 1010 hp, a weird name and pistol-shaped door handles! @tribe

      4 months ago
  • This car is so completely absurd I can't help liking it. If they need a test driver for the "0 to 60s" I'm their man

      4 months ago
  • Kinda ugly imo

      4 months ago
  • At the end of the article it says "It's hot happening" and I'm pretty sure it should be "it's not happening"

      4 months ago
  • I'm not gonna talk about the car's looks but what the hell is their logo on the trunk lid? Looks like something a kid would make!

      4 months ago
    • I think that's superimposed on the picture, not on the actual car

        4 months ago
    • What I can tell you for sure is that I saw the original Asfané and the Charlotte (another mad hypercar they make) in person and the logo definitely wasn't on the car

        4 months ago

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