Low-volume Italian manufacturer F&M Mazzanti has revealed details of its latest supercar, the Evantra V8.
The mid-engined two-seat coupe is powered by a 523kW/848Nm 7.0 litre aluminium V8 of unconfirmed origin, and is the small firm’s most powerful model to date.
Keen movie buffs may be aware of F&M Mazzanti’s work from the 2006 Antas V8 GT model’s supporting role in the 2008 film Speed Racer.
The Antas was F&M’s first production model, which was followed by the Vulca S model in 2009 and the flat-six cylinder Evantra model in 2012.
The Evantra V8 was developed in response to demands from its Chinese distributor, who clearly deemed the regular Evantra’s 3.5 litre flat-six (also of unconfirmed origin) 300kW and twin-turbo 450kW states of tune insufficient.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission, and braking is taken care of by a Brembo six/four-piston combination or optional carbon-ceramic units.
F&M claims 0-100km/h acceleration of 3.2 seconds for the V8, putting the Evantra in a similar league to the McLaren MP4-12C supercar.
The Evantra V8’s claimed top speed of over 350km/h (20km/h more than the MP4-12C) may seem bold, but F&M assert that the Evantra V8’s aerodynamic package was developed in conjunction with F1 and Le Mans experienced firm, YSIM.
This aero package is integrated with the standard carbon fibre PRO-BODY design pictured, or F&M offers the option of a individually crafted ONE-BODY aluminium body; bespoke to individual customer tastes.
Beneath either of these bodies is a relatively low-tech steel chassis and chrome-moly roll cage.
For the interior, opulent leather trim is joined by modern Bosch-supplied convenience systems and the F&M characteristic roof-mounting of the engine start button.
According to F&M co-founder Luca Mazzanti, the Evantra V8’s unique styling and bizarre features such as the start button location are purely intentional.
“(The) Evantra V8 was not born to please everyone, instead to be herself and to generate emotions with her character and exclusivity," Mazzanti said.
Exclusivity will also be guaranteed by F&M’s planned production of just five units per year, matching the plans for the six cylinder Evantra model.