Supercar Made With 3-D Printers Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built – The New York Times
The Czinger 21C is a decadent supercar designed to get car enthusiasts aflutter on social media. It has serpentine curves, cranks out a record-breaking lap time — and will sell for $2 million.
Like Ford, Tucker and DeLorean before him, Kevin Czinger, the founder of the fledgling car company named after him, intends to change the auto industry — and not just by making one-off supercars. His vision centers on building a more environmental and cost-efficient digital automotive manufacturing system.
The 21C is made from an alchemy of data science and sophisticated 3-D printers, which produce recyclable metal alloys that eliminate the need for tooling. It’s a process developed by Divergent, a supplier also founded and helmed by Mr. Czinger.
“When tools are digital, they allow you much more leverage to design, manufacture and assemble,” he said on a video call.
Divergent’s technology underpins the vehicles in the Czinger brand. The 21C is the statement car that demonstrates the flexibility of this system.
Its performance credentials are impressive as far as supercars go. The hybrid engine is a 2.99-liter, twin turbocharged flat plane crank V-8 that has electric motors on both front wheels. It produces 1,250 horsepower, a number that can be dialed up to 1,350 with a $165,000 upgrade package. The car runs on ethanol e85 fuel, but carbon-recycled ethanol is the preferred fuel. Top speed is 253 miles an hour. The company continues to make small modifications to the 21C model that it will sell customers, and it issued new performance numbers this month.
In September, the racing driver Joel Miller clocked a record lap time of 2 minutes 11.33 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas in the 21C, five seconds quicker than the previous record. But Mr. Czinger’s ambitions go beyond the 21C’s over-the-top 1.9-second 0-to-60 sprint.
“You’re creating a new brand, so you want to show why this brand should exist,” he said. “If you’re going to say this is breakthrough technology and dominating performance, the best way to do that is to show it.” He will make 80 cars in two variants, a low-drag and a high-downforce version.
The 21C is the first of several high-profile vehicles planned for the Czinger portfolio, which will be sold by traditional luxury car dealers that include O’Gara Coach in Southern California, Prestige Imports in Miami Beach and Pfaff Auto in Canada. First deliveries are set for late 2023, and Czinger says it is close to selling out. A four-seater coupe will be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August.
Mr. Czinger, the youngest of five children, has had a fascination with cars since his childhood in Cleveland. He dabbled in minibike building and drag racing. His older brothers were Chevy dealer mechanics. He attended Yale, where he was a football defensive star and later earned a law degree. He worked as a federal prosecutor and for Goldman Sachs.
In 2006, Mr. Czinger helped found and lead Coda, a Chinese-backed electric car company in Los Angeles. Coda made its U.S. debut in 2012 with a subcompact sedan, based on the Hafei Saibao, that produced 88 electric miles. It …….