► New 21C hypercar
► Laguna Seca record smashed
► Designed to use synthetic fuel
The Czinger 21C hypercar has smashed the lap record at Laguna Seca, with driver Joel Miller setting a time of 1:25.44s in 'ideal' conditions at the fabled California track.
The 21C took more than two seconds out of the previous benchmark of 1:27.62s, set by a McLaren Senna in October 2019.
Riding on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2R tyres, Czinger claims Miller also managed to break the previous record on two other attempts.
'Building a new car is not easy and this group built one fast car,' said Miller, reflecting on his run. 'What the powertrain is capable of doing is absolutely mind blowing at maximum power.'
Chief engineer Ewan Baldry agreed, adding that the 'most exciting part is that we know we have more performance to come' and the success at Laguna Seca was just the first of several future lap record attempts.
After revealing a few pictures last year, Czinger has only recently revealed more information about the 21C hypercar. It's 2050mm wide, and the powertrain is exactly what you'd expect from a hypercar in 2021 – think hybrid power, a mention of synthetic fuel and twin turbos, and you're pretty much there.
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The 21C uses a mid-mounted 2.88-litre flat-crank V8 with twin turbos and 800V of hybrid assistance. Peak power is a staggering 1233bhp with a 11,000rpm redline, and thanks to a dry weight of under 1240kg, 0-62mph takes just 1.9 seconds. Czinger also says the hybrid system consists of an e-motor on each front wheel, while regeneration is carried out through braking as well as an MGU.
Interestingly, the 21C's V8 will also accept a range of fuels – including e-fuels.
We're not sure how it's pronounced – though the smart money's on Zinger with a very subtle C – but we do know it's from a new company established just last year. The 21C is actually a more refined version of the Divergent Blade – a very similar concept car revealed by company owner Kevin Czinger in 2017.
And before you dismiss this immediately as total vapourware, it's worth knowing that the team behind the 21C includes a few former Koenigsegg employees. So it could actually exist.
As you'd expect it's a full house in hypercar bingo, with a massive rear diffuser, jutting rear spoiler and front splitter all featuring on the swooping form. The full-width rear lights follow the sci-fi styling we're seeing on supercars such as the current Porsche 911 and the McLaren GT.
The 21C will use 3D-printed components – so there should be some very exotic surfacing around the supercar. And as suggested by the pictures above, we're expecting to see some interesting lightweight, organic-looking structures, too.
A 1+1 cockpit is also teased, presumably because the McLaren F1's three-seat layout just wasn't focused enough.
The Czinger 21C will be showcased at Pebble Beach during Monterey Car Week from 12 to 16 August.