This American-made supercar can beat the McLaren Senna around the track
Meet the Czinger 21C
The 21C is an American-designed, and American-made supercar that Czinger Vehicles, a car company based out of California, was going to unveil at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The show was cancelled and so Czinger was forced to launch it online.
The problem is the world was (understandably) not really paying attention back then, so Czinger decided the best course of action was to start setting lap records around America’s most popular racetracks.
Back in August, they lapped Laguna Seca Raceway in California in 1:25.44, beating the McLaren Senna, which held the previous record with a time of 1:27.62. After that, Czinger did what many Americans are doing: they went from California to Texas.
With driver Joel Miller at the wheel, the 21C set a GPS-tracked lap time around the Circuit of the Americas of 2:11:33 minutes, beating the previous record (for a production car) of 2:17:12 minutes by more than five seconds.
One of the craziest things about the Czinger is that it is 3D-printed, which is unheard of for a car of this sort. It is powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 and two electric motors at the front, for a combined power output of 1,250 hp. That’s impressive, but even more impressive is the power-to-weight ratio because the 21C only weighs 1,240 kg (2,734 lbs).
"As a blue-collar kid growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I used to lie awake at night thinking about my racing hero, Jim Hall, his latest innovations and the technology-packed Chaparral cars his team built," said Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of Czinger Vehicles and Divergent 3D.
The record was set with an unmodified production model on Michelin Pilot Cup 2R street tires. That’s essentially the same car that customers are going to take delivery of in 2023. Only 80 units will be built.