CIZETA MORODER V16T WAS AN ITALIAN DREAM THAT NEVER CAME TRUE
The Italians are a passionate people. Be it food, fashion or cars, they just seem to care that little bit more about everything, and that is what brings all the difference. Given the purview of ColumnM, the car you see here clearly illustrates this statement. Had the Cizeta Moroder V16T been conceived in any other country, it probably would have never come to life. But that very innate nature of Italians and their passion for cars (and life in whole) is the reason why it exists, enabling us to talk about it.
The Cizeta Moroder V16T was the brainchild of Claudio Zampolli, a former test and development engineer at Automobili Lamborghini who then moved to the US to start his own business of importing and servicing high-performance cars, and Giorgio Moroder, a three-time Oscar-winning music composer who is also credited as being the grandfather of electronic music (and an inspiration for many modern EDM artists and DJs). Moroder was a regular at Zampolli’s outlet and decided to fund his project of building a bespoke supercar with the thought that Moroder’s name would give the car more credibility amongst its rich and influential clientele. Around this time (1987 to be exact) Marcello Gandini, the creator of Lamborghinis such as the Miura, Countach, Espada and Urraco, was tasked with creating a replacement for the COUNTACH. However, the new bosses at Lamborghini, Chrysler, were not happy with the design and decided to further modify it. Gandini was not pleased by this and decided to take his original design to Cizeta-Moroder.So effectively the V16T was a truer spiritual successor to the Countach and not the Diablo, which is the car that the Chrysler modified design eventually became. The cars were built out of a facility in Modena by a team of ex – Lamborghini engineers and mechanics. Nevertheless, between the time the first prototype was shown at the 1989 LA Motor Show and the first production cars left the factory in 1990, Moroder had left the company and the production cars just bore the Cizeta name.