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Mazzanti moves closer to production on its suicidal Evantra supercar

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The Italian-designed Mazzanti Evantra
The Italian-designed Mazzanti Evantra
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Mazzanti first revealed the Evantra design in 2011
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Mazzanti first revealed the Evantra design in 2011
The Evantra was briefly called the Mugello
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The Evantra was briefly called the Mugello
One of the interesting aspects of the design is its two coach doors
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One of the interesting aspects of the design is its two coach doors
The Evantra is a 700-hp mid-engine coupe
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The Evantra is a 700-hp mid-engine coupe
The Italian-designed Mazzanti Evantra
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The Italian-designed Mazzanti Evantra
Mazzanti claims the Evantra can trot to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds
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Mazzanti claims the Evantra can trot to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds
The Mazzanti Evantra is powered by a 7.0-liter V8
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The Mazzanti Evantra is powered by a 7.0-liter V8
View from above
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View from above
View from above
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View from above
The Evantra combines classic and modern styling cues
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The Evantra combines classic and modern styling cues
Modern cues include the LED headlamps and sharply cut inlets
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Modern cues include the LED headlamps and sharply cut inlets
Mazzanti plans to build just five tailor-made Evantras per year
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Mazzanti plans to build just five tailor-made Evantras per year
The naturally aspirated V8 puts out 625 lb-ft of torque
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The naturally aspirated V8 puts out 625 lb-ft of torque
The Evantra 00 gets some testing on the track
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The Evantra 00 gets some testing on the track
The Evantra 00 gets some testing on the track
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The Evantra 00 gets some testing on the track
Listed weight: 2,866 lb (1,300 kg)
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Listed weight: 2,866 lb (1,300 kg)
The Evantra 00 gets some testing on the track
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The Evantra 00 gets some testing on the track
The Evantra has both street and race modes
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The Evantra has both street and race modes
Mazzanti plans to offer both carbon fiber and aluminum bodies
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Mazzanti plans to offer both carbon fiber and aluminum bodies
The Mazzanti Evantra
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The Mazzanti Evantra
The Mazzanti Evantra
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The Mazzanti Evantra
The Evantra's big front fenders are inspired by classic cars
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The Evantra's big front fenders are inspired by classic cars
Mazzanti-badged timepieces at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti-badged timepieces at Top Marques Monaco 2014
The Evantra has a leather and Alcantara interior with a digital dashboard
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The Evantra has a leather and Alcantara interior with a digital dashboard
The Evantra interior uses Luxpel aniline leather
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The Evantra interior uses Luxpel aniline leather
The Evantra 01 test car at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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The Evantra 01 test car at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
The Evantra uses Brembo brakes
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The Evantra uses Brembo brakes
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
The Evantra's interior was updated for the Top Marques show
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The Evantra's interior was updated for the Top Marques show
Badged seats
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Badged seats
The Evantra uses digital equipment from AiM
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The Evantra uses digital equipment from AiM
After the Top Marques event, Mazzanti is working on calibrating the gearbox
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After the Top Marques event, Mazzanti is working on calibrating the gearbox
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Close-up of the LED headlight
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Close-up of the LED headlight
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
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Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
F&M Antas V8
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F&M Antas V8
The F&M Antas V8 was more dramatically retro
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The F&M Antas V8 was more dramatically retro
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There are sports car names you hear ad nauseum, your Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, for example. Then there are names that you hear whispered every few years. Mazzanti is one of the latter, but this time it's not whispering but shouting at the top of its lungs. Its message is a big, grunting 700-hp muscle mass that beckons you with suicide doors.

Okay, with cars like the Antas V8 (below), Mazzanti was never much of a whisperer. But it has tended to stream in and out of the collective car consciousness, surfacing occasionally and briefly to release the latest iteration of the car it calls Evantra.

F&M Antas V8
F&M Antas V8

In fact, the last time we looked at the company's impressive work, we were looking at the work of F&M (Faralli & Mazzanti). In 2010, the two consonants split up to pursue their preferred ends of the business while still working together on some projects. Mario and Walter Faralli went back to the auto restoration side, while Luca Mazzanti, who had earned his automotive chops in their restoration business, set out to design and build his own supercars.

It didn't take long for the newly formed Mazzanti Automobili to release its first design, a collaboration between Luca and designer Zsolt Tarnok first dubbed "Mugello," before being renamed "Evantra." Mazzanti first showed the supercar in 2011, and since then it has popped up every now and again, including as a prototype at last year's Top Marques Monaco. At this year's show earlier this month, it was introduced as a production-ready design.

We've come to treat terms like "production ready" and "specs" rather loosely when it comes to single-digit-run supercars from small start-ups. Such cars have a way of making big debuts and then disappearing for years, sometimes never to return.

Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014
Mazzanti reveals the Evantra 01 at Top Marques Monaco 2014

With the Evantra extra looseness is warranted because the 01 chassis car that was pranced out for Top Marques is still covered in black testing camouflage, with Mazzanti admitting that the camo is there for continued track testing. That sounds a lot like "close to ready" but not quite "finalized for production." Potato, potahto.

Fortunately, Mazzanti has spent much of the year ushering the ice-blue 00-chassis Evantra to testing and photo shoots, so we can have a proper look without the lackluster camo job getting in the way. Mazzanti explains that the car was styled to find a balance between the classic and the modern, and it's not hard to see the two themes hard at work.

The Evantra combines classic and modern styling cues
The Evantra combines classic and modern styling cues

The rolling, three-dimensional front fenders look as though a villain triggering a Tommy gun should be hanging out the window, while the voluptuous pontoons give way rather abruptly to sharp LED headlights and a front-end sliced and diced into geometrical vents. The neo-retro styling is even more apparent when you look at the aforementioned Antas V8, a car that tipped the balance in favor of classic over modern. The Evantra shows similar shapes, but with more restraint on the "retro" side.

The F&M Antas V8 was more dramatically retro
The F&M Antas V8 was more dramatically retro

Given Mazzanti's background in restoring Maseratis and Ferraris from the late 80s through the 2000s, the route of blending classic with modern is not all that surprising. What is surprising is that the Evantra design doesn't show a lot of the Italian curvaceousness that those marques bring to mind. Its harder, more masculine lines and features appear inspired by a different subset of European exotics, like the Pagani Zonda/Huayra and Spyker C8 Aileron.

The retro-modern body work is supported by a steel chassis and chrome-molybdenum roll cage. The curb weight needles in around 2,866 lb (1,300 kg) when the buyer opts for the carbon fiber Pro Body. A hand-formed aluminum body is also available.

Pushing that skin and bones is a 701-hp, 7.0-liter V8 mid engine working with a six-speed sequential transmission. A set of high-performance Continental 255/30 R20 front and 325/25 R20 rear tires put that engine muscle to the road. According to its spec sheet, the car reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, and the speedometer keeps cranking until 217 mph (350 km/h).

Some of the recent modifications that have been applied to Evantra chassis 01 include a new rear diffuser with variable inclination and a revamped Alcantara and Luxpel leather interior with carbon steering wheel and full-digital dashboard.

The Evantra has a leather and Alcantara interior with a digital dashboard
The Evantra has a leather and Alcantara interior with a digital dashboard

"Evantra V8 was not born to please everyone, instead to be herself and to generate emotions with her character and exclusivity," Luca Mazzanti states.

When the Evantra does become full-on production-ready, Mazzanti plans to build just five examples per year. Each model will be individually personalized to the buyer's tastes.

Source: Mazzanti

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7 comments
Gadgety
OMG, I'd be embarrassed to be seen in one of these.
Ed Weibe
I could uh...adapt.
Griffin
Not that bad when the doors are shut... no uglier than the rest of them.
I'm guessing it's just as over-priced,too.
I'd buy an original Pantera and put a Roots-type blower on it.
That's what I'd do.
Yeah,I'm sure the Pantera crowd would freak out but they tend to be pretty obnoxious anyway... as Boyd Coddington once said on the debate that surrounds restoration vs. "Real Steel" hot rods, "Hey,Man.... It's only metal."
BeWalt
Another day, another supercar, yawn. And it's not even electric.
Michael Wilson
its really ugly. lets just hope its fast. the gumpert apollo is ugly too but at least it backs up its ugly looks with speed and handling.
Martin Hone
"The retro-modern body work is supported by a steel chassis and chrome-molybdenum roll cage."
Um...Chrome-Moly IS steel..........
Daishi
@BeWalt there does seem to be a lot of new supercar companies and custom designs coming out of the wood work lately.
I'm not sure if its a sign of the growing gap between the wealthiest members of the population and the middle class or if the barrier to entry to start your own supercar company is now lower.
It's sort of that way with custom motorcycles/choppers these days in part because of off the shelf S&S engines and parts. Pretty much any motorcycle gear head can order a bunch of S&S parts and bolt them to a frame. I suspect the same thing is happening with a lot of these boutique cars. They have no machining costs because they don't build any of the parts involved aside from maybe the frame so "custom" means selecting a different part from their suppliers website.
That's not to say it's a bad thing but If I had to bet on this or a 550 HP GT-R around Nürburgring I'd probably still put money on the GT-R.
There is actually probably a huge opportunity for a technology company to step in here and work with these companies to build a less proprietary technology center for automobiles. I am pretty certain this would be a huge pain point for these companies and it would make a great development platform and marketing exercise.
If this happens my #1 feature request is platform that can be easily swapped with an upgrade in 3-4 years with a newer on board computer because automotive technology ages better than computers. Use something like a 7" tablet without a battery, a standard wiring interface (like OBD2), and include some features like torque for android for diagnostics and performance data. Maybe just license it and some other existing apps for the platform.