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The Czinger 21C Is The Perfect Blend Between 3D Printing and In-House Engineering

At $2 million, the Czinger 21C better be as close to perfect as it can get, and it doesn’t disappoint

Back in February of 2020 Czinger debuted the 21C, a car we billed as the model that would bring the hypercar crown to America. Featuring a unique V-8 engine, tandem seating, and AWD, the C21 will only be produced in 80 examples, and now we finally get to see what the actual production version looks like. At first glance, it hasn’t changed much, but there are a handful of upgrades that make it even better than expected.

The Czinger 21C Somehow Got Better

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First and foremost, the production version of the 21C is now wider than the concept that we saw back in early 2000. We don’t have specifics by how much, but it’s now 80.7-inches wide. The big news, however, is what’s happening underneath that aggressive body. The 2.88-liter flat-plane crank V-8 and the two motors in the front are good for a combined power output of 1,250 horsepower – an improvement of 17 ponies over the original concept. When the original concept was released, we were shocked by its top speed capability of 268 mph, but somehow Czinger has managed to increase that to 281 mph if you activate the car’s optional “vmax configuration.”

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Top speed has also increased
From 268 mph to 281 mph with the optional “vmax configuration”

The Czinger 21C’s straight-line performance is downright crazy, with the 62-mph sprint taking 1.9 seconds, which is on par with the recently revealed Rimac Nevera EV, and the sprint to 186 mph takes just 13.8 seconds. Put it to the floor and race to 248 mph, and you’ll get there in just 21.3 seconds! Part of the performance can be attributed to the super-fast and ultra-light automated manual gearbox, but what’s probably the most interesting fact outside of performance is that the 21C is actually eco friendly and is capable of running on several different fuels, including carbon-recycled methanol and other various e-fuels that will allow it to operate as a zero-emissions vehicle.

2022 Czinger 21C specifications
Powertrain 2.88-liter flat-plane crank V-8 + two electric motors
Power 1,250 HP
Top Speed 281 mph
0 to 62 mph 1.9 seconds
0 to 186 mph 13.8 seconds
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The 21C is now wider, measuring 80.7-inches wide
But what is more important is the performance gains

In the end, the Czinger 21C isn’t just unique because it’s an American hybrid hypercar or because of its extreme performance or zero-emissions capability. It’s also unique because it’s 3D printed and robotically assembled – something that hints toward what the manufacturing of vehicles will look like in the future as more and more automation and 3D printing becomes common place.

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Czinger unveils groundbreaking 21C production specification vehicle

Czinger, the trailblazing company that uses an in-house invented Human-AI production system to build state-of-the-art high-performance vehicles, unveiled today its final production spec 21C hypercar. The 21C expresses the apex of Human-AI creativity.

The Czinger 21C, the first model in a series of exclusive performance vehicles – production will be limited to 80 cars – was created in part using additive manufacturing technologies. Each component manufactured using this technology is computationally engineered using AI, optimized for weight and performance, and is beautifully finished by hand. Czinger’s proprietary manufacturing technologies, in-house developed powertrain, and iconic design will guide its future family of vehicles.

This new hypercar showcases significant updates since its first public introduction in March 2020 ahead of the cancelled Geneva International Motor Show, including an updated width of 2050 mm. With 1250 hp and a dry weight under 1240 kg, the 21C achieves a true 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. It also features all-wheel drive with a strong hybrid powertrain that includes:

An in-house developed 2.88-liter, flat crank V8 with twin turbos located mid-vehicle
Two high output electric motors, each powering a front wheel with torque vectoring
An ultra-light, sequential seven-speed automated manual transmission gearbox
Total output of 1250hp redlining at 11,000 rpm (A 100hp upgrade is offered providing 1350 hp)
The 21C V8 is designed to use a range of fuels, including carbon recycled methanol and other e-fuels, so it can be run as a zero emission vehicle
The 21C’s hybrid powertrain uses the world’s most power dense production IC engine as its foundation. It is a 2.88 liter, flat-plane crank V8 with twin turbos located mid-vehicle. The V8 is coupled with an 800V electric drive and regen system. An e-motor drives each front wheel and the batteries are charged during operation both through regenerative braking and a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) using a gear drive that is attached to the IC engine. The total strong hybrid system delivers a peak output of 1250hp (1233bhp).

The hypercar has a top speed up to 281 mph in optional low drag vmax configuration. Putting the driver and passenger in the center position for ultimate weight distribution, aero and driver engagement, its quarter mile time is 8.1 seconds, and it goes 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 kph) in 1.9 seconds; 0 to 186 mph (300 kph) to 0 in 13.8 seconds and 0 to 248 mph (400 kph) to 0 in 27.1 seconds; 0 to 186 mph (300 kph) in 8.5 seconds; and 0 to 248 mph (400 kph) in 21.3 seconds. It has a >3:1 Lift / Drag Ratio with 615 kg downforce @ 100mph and 2,500 kg @ 200mph (high downforce configuration).

The hypercar is designed, built, and manufactured in Los Angeles using cutting-edge technology tools that are integrated into a patented production system. This system includes automated AI based design and optimization software, patented additive manufacturing driven processes, high accuracy automated assembly and novel performance materials. This revolutionary technology enables Czinger’s design and engineering team to unlock performance and styling not before seen in the automotive industry.

Computationally engineered, printed and assembled, each component is at the frontier of theoretical performance. For example, the front upper control arm is hollow with internal structures allowing it to achieve significant mass savings compared to a traditional tooled variant, thereby greatly reducing un-sprung mass and further driving the 21C’s dominating performance.

The 21C is highly customizable both from a specification and individual personalization perspective. Presented in two fully homologated specifications, a lightweight high downforce configuration and a low drag configuration, both cars are powered by Czinger’s in-house powertrain and display its iconic design language and in-line seating architecture.

Czinger first unveiled its groundbreaking 21C in 2020 and confirmed that its halo hypercar is just the start of a family of exclusive performance vehicles created for the 21st century – all using the company’s in-house developed design and manufacturing technology and proprietary drivetrain.

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