If you haven’t heard of Ermini , you aren’t alone. After all, it isn’t like people casually mention it in the same breath as Ferrari or Lamborghini when they talk about Italian supercars around the office water cooler. You might be surprised to learn, however, that they aren’t just a startup looking to make some pipe-dream millionaire’s toy. Ermini may not have been active for the last 50 years, but before it closed its doors in the early 1960s, it had quite a history of racing success.
Now, in 2014, they’re back with the Seiottosei, a two-seat roadster that weighs in at only 686 kg (1,512 pounds). Ermini claims that the Seiottosei’s inspiration comes from the Barchetta roadsters that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Instead of going for big engines and lots of power, it keeps the focus on low weight, small engines, and driving dynamics. Thanks to this approach, Ermini claims that the Seiottosei’s fuel economy will be more in line with a family sedan’s than a typical sports car’s.
Anyone who’s interested in buying one needs to hurry up though, as only 46 examples will be produced.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ermini Seiottosei.
As expected, the exterior design is a mix of modern cues and nods to the past. The front end is absolutely gorgeous. There’s definitely some Jaguar E-Type mixed in there, and considering that the E-Type was one of the most iconic cars ever made, that’s far from a bad thing. Out back, the center exhaust is a nice touch as well.
The view in profile and from the back is less gorgeous, however, as form is forced to give way to function. Though several angles look a bit awkward, it’s clear that those design decisions were made to make the Seiottosei drive better, not because the designer had poor taste. It’s unfortunate, but for a car that will see all of its time on the racetrack, aesthetics sometimes have to be sacrificed.
Ermini Seiottosei - Exterior Dimensions
|Wheelbase||2.600 MM (102.36 inches)|
|Front Track||1.625 MM (63.97 inches)|
|Rear Track||1.595 MM (62.79 inches)|
|Width||1.850 MM (72.83 inches)|
|Length||4.120 MM (162.20 inches)|
Gallery Ermini Seiottosei
The focus on performance and handling carries over to the interior as well. A single digital display sits behind the steering wheel, but other than that, rest is spartan at best. The dash is simple, flat, and body color, while the center console is little more than exposed carbon fiber and a shift lever. If it wasn’t obvious from the exterior, this is a car that is meant for the track, not road-tripping down the highway.
The Ermini Seiottosei is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 horsepower. While that may not sound like a lot, keep in mind that those 300 horses have just 1,500 pounds to pull around. That means that the Seiottosei will run from 0 to 60 mph in fewer than 3.5 seconds. That certainly isn’t world-record-setting acceleration, but it’s absolutely mind-blowing for an inline-four.
The suspension is also claimed to be tuned for the race track, and with such a low weight, handling should be outstanding. Power will be routed to the wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
Ermini Seiottosei - Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine||F4RT RS - 4 cylinders 16 valve 1.998cc|
|Transmission||Sadev six speed sequential + reverse, double-disc clutch|
|Top Speed||270 Km/h (167 MPH) (speed limit device)|
|Acceleration (0-62 MPH)||< 3.5 sec|
Prices have not been released yet, but expect them to spend quite a bit, as low volume track day cars don’t come cheaply.
For the gentleman racer who doesn’t need or want a co-driver, the BAC Mono offers the track day experience with only a single seat. Hypothetically, it doesn’t have to be used only on track days though, because unlike many cars in this segment, the Mono is technically road legal. You probably won’t want to use it for your daily commute, but if you wanted to drive to the race track, that would probably be doable. Once at the track, the Mono is blisteringly quick, capable of snapping off a 60-mph run in less than three seconds. That speed comes at a high price, however, as the BAC Mono starts at $130,000 in the U.S.
Gallery BAC Mono Track Car
Much more aggressively styled than the Seiottosei, the KTM X-Bow is another small, light track toy that places an emphasis on precision handling over brute force. It isn’t particularly pretty, but its bizarre styling is well proportioned and oddly attractive. It may look like a four-wheeled Pokemon, but it will still be very, very quick around any track. Compared to the Seiottosei, however, it’s down on power unless you step up to the $88,500 X-Bow R .
Gallery KTM X-Bow
Assuming that Ermini can actually bring the Seiottosei to full production, a huge challenge for any startup auto manufacturer, the attractive design and impressive lightness should make for quite a compelling package. It likely won’t be any good as a primary car or even a second car, but for the enthusiast with enough money to invest in a car just for the track, it’s hard to see them going wrong with the Ermini Seiottosei.
- Lots of added lightness
- Great acceleration
- Focus on handling
- Likely very expensive
- No roof when it rains
- Limited driver comforts
Gallery Ermini Seiottosei
Only from a brand like ERMINI that you will finally see reborn sports car road , with those features that have made
famous throughout the world , the legendary \" sport boats \" that in Italy in the 50s \’ , have given rise to street racing revenue in the legend of motor racing , such as the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio .
The brand new ERMINI , will present a sports car with exceptional
technical characteristics, due to its very low weight / power ratio 2.45 kg / hp and enviable dynamic characteristics .
The small craft Florentine brand , will set up (with the help of the Osella engineering) a lightweight tubular frame , derived strictly competitive , made of special steel welded with exceptional torsional qualities that will feature in the self-supporting capacity of the rear axle , its fine peculiarities of structural engineering .
Produced in only 46 copies , despite the ERMINI Seiottosei measure
4.10 meters long and 1.85 meters wide , weighs only 686 kg . ( Figure precisely that distinguishes the new model ) .
All this, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber for the body and the equally important components of a directly derived from competitions , such as the six-speed sequential gearbox .
Its refined technical solutions , combined with a body design from the Italian taste , make ERMINI Seiottosei car unique to reopen after decades , a niche market (the one of the cars \" Road Sport \" ) was born in the 50s \’ just in Italy.
The design philosophy and the history that have always distinguished the brand ERMINI , ( who prefers the dynamic of driving a car light and agile , the inertial mass of a car with a big engine and therefore bulky and heavy ) have imposed on us and will dictate that in the future, to use a particular meticulousness in the care of the construction details, (which is why we produce ) as the chassis, suspension and bodywork and an equally careful research and selection of the best mechanical components available on the market , such as changing , brakes or shocks that are all from racing .
For all these reasons you will not see on ERMINI Seiottosei , a carbon frame made to bath in a few hours of work, or an 8 or 12-cylinder engine of large displacement , but rather a 2000 cc turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from 280 hp that combines the fluidity and the progressive delivery , consumption and pollution due to low weight are close to those of an average family saloon.
And always thanks to the exceptional power to weight ratio that the new model ERMINI delivers performance on par with the most renowned supercars (acceleration 0- 100km / h in 3.6 seconds ) with the advantage of an easy and economical maintenance.
Obviously build a car with these specifications , takes a long time , a tubular frame as ours , finished with paneling in carbon riveted hand , in addition to having the torsional characteristics unique , has a level of finishing is not common in the market, but requires long processing times and preparation.
And for this reason , we chose to produce \" only \" 46 cars of this model as the year of birth of our brand.
\" This decision will allow us to take care of, at best, all the parts of the car keeping the spirit of craftsmanship not having to follow the logic of mass production ,\" said Eugenio Ercoli , president of the automotive brand in Florence.