Many times when a company releases concept sketches and a few details about a new supercar, we have to take our excitement with a grain of salt. The unfortunate part is that a lot of the time the cars don’t get much further than a few drawings and dreams. That’s why we can truly get excited when pictures of the Bizzarrini P538’s chassis in production.
Back in May we posted the information and sketches, but now we can see that there is a real car in production. Actually the legendary car builder is working on four racers for testing this year. The P538 will be based on the Arbitrage GT and utilize a GM sourced LS7 V8 that will be tuned by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The mid-mounted engine will produce a minimum 500 hp, but Bizzarrini says that the P538 will have the option of going as high as 1000 hp. This is all wrapped in carbon fiber for a total weight of around 1760 lbs. With that kind of power and weight, this is definitely a car we can now fully be excited about.
The Livorno p538 Barchetta is a design from Stefan Schulze. Bizzarrini is manufacturing a small series production of both the Barchetta and the GT (hardtop) version based on their Arbitrage GT chassis.
Livorno is the the Italian city in which Bizzarrini currently resides. While the p538 part is tribute to a 1960’s race car which Bizzarini built in very limited numbers.
The complete underbody and outer shell of the Scuderia Bizzarrini Livorno p538 are formed from lightweight carbon fiber, as is the passenger cell.
Power for the Bizzarrini Livorno p538 is a mid-mounted 7.0 litre Chevrolet LS7 whichproduces 505 hp @ 6200 rpm and 475 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm. The engine sits in a framework directly behind the driver. Highlighting the location of the powerful engine are 8 race-like intake trumpets which stick out through the engine cover just behind the cockpit.
In co-operation with First Signal, Giotto Bizzarrini, Alan Mertens of Galmer engineering, as well as Mr. Gallahan of Arbitrage.com unveiled the new Bizzarrini p538 Prototype.According to the manufacturer the new car will be produced in Speedster and GT versions featuring a carbon fiber structure in order to deliver a total weight between 1000 and 1200 kg.
The new car will be powered by the 7.0 liter Chevrolet LS7 engine which delivers 505 hp and is capable to push the car from 0-100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. For those who don’t know who is Giotto Bizzarrini we have to inform them that as an engineer and designer, the Italian took part in the creation of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO but also the Lamborghini Miura. Bizzarrini p538 represents a new interpretation of the ’67 Bizzarrini p358 and if we consider the new looks of the car it is clear that the new vehicle will be a massive hit.
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It all started in 1997 when founder, Clas MÃ¼ller was on honeymoon in Tuscany. There he met the famous Ing. Bizzarrini to find out more about his own classic car, a red Bizzarrini Europa Corsa. It turnes out that Bizzarrini was more interested in creating new prototypes than discussing his famous old creations and that was how the seed was planted. A year later Clas MÃ¼ller was back with an idea to develop a super lightweight sportscar - a baby Bizzarrini. This was the starting point of the P1, the first BEBI Prototype.