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Featured Car: 1991 Cizeta-Moroder V16T

The Cizeta-Moroder V16T is unique with its transverse V16 engine coupled with a longitudinal gearbox, forming a distinctive T shape.

Conceived by Claudio Zampolli in the mid-1980s, the Cizeta was showcased as a prototype in 1988. Designed by Marcello Gandini for Lamborghini, the final look bore a resemblance to the Diablo.

Initially planned as a replacement for the Countach, Lamborghini modified Gandini’s design significantly, leading to his notable rear-wheel arches being removed. Displeased with these changes, Gandini sought out Cizeta to preserve his original vision.

The unconventional V16 engine layout was a first in the automotive world, necessitated by its extended length, contributing to the car’s exceptional width. Essentially, the engine combined two flat-plane V8 engines, with shared timing mechanisms in the center and a single input for the longitudinally placed transmission. While resembling two Ferrari V8 engines, a custom block was cast for this purpose.

Developing a new engine was no small task, especially for a newcomer in the industry. Most drivetrain parts were procured externally, and Cizeta meticulously constructed the vehicle around their proprietary aluminum honeycomb tub.

Despite its intricate design, the car faced challenges on the market, with a price tag of $400,000 USD and no existing racing pedigree or brand heritage to leverage. Consequently, only ten units of this model were ever produced.

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