Mazzanti's 1,000-hp Evantra Millecavalli – an Italian record-breaker?
Mazzanti isn't Italy's most famous supercar marque, but it's trying hard to get its name in households, producing different versions of its Evantra supercar each year. In 2014, we saw a 701-hp camouflaged Evantra prototype at Top Marques Monaco. Last year, it was an upgraded 751-hp Evantra in White Dolomite paint. This year, it's the most dramatically upgraded Evantra yet: the 1,000-hp Evantra Millecavalli.
Mazzanti bills the new Evantra Millecavalli as the "most powerful street-legal hypercar ever made in Italy," a lofty claim when you consider the beautiful (and insanely expensive) sports cars that have originated there. The heart of that "most powerful" claim is a 7.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that's been cranked up to 1,000 hp and 885+ lb-ft (1,200+ Nm). That V8 pushes output directly to the rear wheels through a specially developed six-speed sequential transmission.
As with last year's upgrade, more power equals more performance for the Evantra, and this upgrade pushes it right into full-blown hypercar territory. Mazzanti estimates a 2.7-second 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) and a top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h). The new carbon-ceramic brakes bring the 2,866-lb (1,300-kg) car to stop from 186 mph (300 km/h) in seven seconds.
"Our atelier had to work really hard to develop such an important project, after only two years since the debut of the supercar Evantra," says founder Luca Mazzanti. "Evantra Millecavalli wants to be a hypercar for few passionate owners, built in a limited number of 25 exemplars that will be made contextually with the five annual units of Evantra."
Other key spec changes include a 4-in (10-cm) track widening, new OZ wheels shod in Pirelli Trofeo R tires, and a new motorsport-inspired "Ala Soffiata" system that directs heat exhaust from the engine to the big rear wing. Looking around the Evantra Millecavalli, we also see new body and aerodynamic tweaks that include the front bumper canards, front splitter, broadened hood exhaust, flared, vented arches, redesigned side-view mirrors and centralized quad exhaust. The car definitely has a more track-focused, hardcore look thanks to all the upgrades.
After a rather overextended, 10-video teaser campaign that began back in December, Mazzanti revealed the Evantra Millecavalli at the Salone dell'Auto di Torino Parco Valentino 2016, which wrapped up on Sunday. Take a closer look in our photo gallery.