Pambuffetti PJ-01 unveiled at MIMO
Meet the Italian hypercar developed with a Formula 1 single-seater in mind
After a series of teasing shots and short clips on the brand’s YouTube channel, the Pambuffetti (pronounced Pah-mbooff-et-tee) PJ-01, the hypercar designed to mimic the setup of a Formula 1 single-seater and bring to the road the same feelings of driving one on the track, was presented last week during the first edition of MIMO, the Milano Monza Motor Show.
The PJ-01 has been conceived as an expression of Juri Pambuffetti’s passion for single-seaters, hence the peculiar driver’s seat position, comparable to that of a current Formula 1 car, and the aerodynamics aimed to generate downforce ‘beyond all expectations', according to its designer. More precisely, Pambuffetti proudly declares an amount of downforce over 500 kg when the car runs at just 280 km/h - the PJ-01 itself weights 1100 kg.
The quest for that kind of performance resulted in the entire front half of the car being designed as a huge splitter, whilst the shape of the nose gives it the added benefit of an intriguing frown, particularly noticeable in the white livery of the Prototipo 01 on display and highlighted by the shape of the headlights.
The aerodynamic requirements positively affected the whole car’s final form since the PJ-01 is unquestionably as eye-catching as a hypercar should be, and it did not fail to catch the attention of both enthusiasts and passers-by while on display in the Piazza Duomo. The design of the body features several well-known tropes, including gullwing doors, a clear engine cover, and a rear shark fin, and doesn’t lack drop-shaped details - most notably the tailpipe - recalling the brand logo.
The PJ-01 is powered by a naturally aspired 5.2 V10 engine paired with a sequential electro-actuated gearbox. The top speed and the 0-100 km/h time are reported as beyond 320 km/h and less than 3 seconds, but Pambuffetti’s efforts are more focused on keeping the car stuck to the road than making it unbelievably fast.
According to the plans, the PJ-01 will be produced in a limited series of 25 units and its specifications, down to the gearbox ratios, will be entirely customizable. The passion for tailor-made vehicles runs deep in Pambuffetti’s veins, since the family company has decades-long experience in building customized bodyworks for buses and coaches. Maybe they'll become more famous for their hypercars soon – who knows.
A new and revolutionary HyperCar, entirely made in Italy, has been conceived beyond conventional perimeters and performance limits, offering a unique driving experience.