• May 19th 2008 at 8:02PM
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Click to view the Scuderia Bizzarrini P538 in hi-res

Any day with a new Italian supercar is a good day. Today, then, is such a day, brought to you by one of the most stoic names inside or outside the business. Those in the know will recognize the name as belonging to Giotto Bizzarrini, the sportscar guru whose career brought him to the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Iso. Among his most famous creations were the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO and the enduring Lamborghini V12 whose latest evolution can still be found in the Murcielago and Reventon. In the 1960's Bizzarrini went independent and built, among others, the original P538S. Although it didn't do very well at Le Mans – spinning at the start of the 1966 running and failing to start in '67 – the P538S gathered a following as one of Bizzarrini's greatest designs.

What you see above is a modern interpretation of that legendary vehicle. The new Scuderia Bizzarrini P538 borrows its chassis from the Galmer Arbitrage GT, the wicked-looking Thai supercar we brought you nearly two years ago. Like the Arbitrage, and following the spirit of the original Corvette-powered P538S, the new Bizzarrini prototype is powered by a mid-mounted Chevrolet LS7 V8. Bodywork is suitably stunning, looking something like a cross between a Lotus, a Koenigsegg and a Porsche Carrera GT, but with its own unique flavor. Although it does not seem that Giotto Bizzarrini was involved in the project himself, he is said to have given his approval.

This isn't the first effort to revive the Bizzarrini name since the company folded in 1969, but if it actually rolls into even limited production after its official unveiling (scheduled for this month at Italy's famed Nardo high-speed test track) this month, it may succeed where other efforts – including the 1998 Kjara hybrid sportscar and the GT Strada 4.1 concept shown at Geneva '05 – previously failed.

Check out the image gallery to view 25 computer renderings of the new concept. Thanks for the tip, Ketan!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Windshields looks kinda low, but nice design overall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't like it. As stated in the article, it looks like several design ideas from other supercars mixed together. The overall line reminds me a lot of the Spyker C8. The hood (and other parts from the front) is a pure Elise copy. The humps in the back come straight from a Carrera GT. That side intake is ridiculous (look at the doorstep). etc. Where you guys found a similarity with the Koenigsegg beats me. I think it's fairly obvious the guy himself wasn't involved in designing the thing.

      And in a car like this i don't want to wear a helmet, cause that's what you're gonna have to do with a windscreen like that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. It's like a Tesla, except you can believe this will actually be built and delivered.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ...to rich people
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm...it would be interesting if they made a few special editions with Lambo engines just like with the old P538 (although only 2 with Lambo V12's ever existed)...

      But the V8 is good enough for me... One in white please...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tradition says to be a Bizzarrini it must have a Chevy motor mounted ludicrously midship in front of the driver.

      Funny part is that he who designed the famed Ferrari V-12 and Lamborghini V-12 chose the small block Chevy as his power plant of choice for everything from his road cars to the Formula 1 car he built.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Part of that, might be that Bizzarrini LEFT both of those companies.

        Burning bridges doesn't exactly make sharing parts easy.

        Not only that, but in 1960s europe, Ferrari and Lamborghini were probably doing all they could to build enough expensive V12s for themselves to use, let alone to license out to ANYONE else.

        Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini were notoriously headstrong anyway, and were probably not keen on diluting their businesses by letting an ex-patriated employee, even the engine's designer, put them into his own competing product.

        GM had their small-block on the market for ten years, and had capacity and history of exporting and licensing them to others to use, it was probably the only feasible option, regardless of more detailed technical analysis and comparison to expensive, rare engines that Bizzarrini may have designed for other companies with more capital than he had himself.

        So to say that his decision shows that the SBC was superior, or even more desireable than the Ferrari or Lamborghini V12s, or even other engines, might be a bit superficial of a judgement.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Some of it is a bit gratuitous, but a lot of it is actually quite well developed with nice proportions.

      The front is attractive enough, but the back is fantastic.

      the side profile is not bad, but the side intake is almost too prominent.

      the doors should either be lambo-style scissor, or McLaren F1/SLR-like butterfly doors. the rendering looks oddly splayed.

      I know I will probably be flamed, and I know that the original Bizzarrini was also pushrod corvette powered... but aren't there more interesting V8 power units out there? It could definitely be worse, though.

      it is very reminiscent of a Lola T70 can-am car, though, and that is not a bad thing at all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not really. Performance and reliability is what counts in a sports car that is why it is the preferred engine in a lot of small market exotic cars. GM has been supplying V8 engines to European auto companies since the 1950's and probably even longer because of their great reputation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love those bad ass intake headers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Make sure you click through the link to the scuderia site, there are a few more pics on there as well as this:

      Scuderia Bizzarrini

      Has authorized the announcement of the newly designed and nearly completed Scuderia Bizzarrini P538.

      The New P538 will be available for viewing at the Nardo Ring in May of 2008.

      * Full carbon monocoque
      * Full carbon Body work
      * 500+ Horsepower (standard)
      * Total weight under 800kg
      * 4460*1950*1160
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's over 625 hp per metric ton. That's almost as good the atom and it has no body!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not like I'd ever even see one in person, let alone have any opportunity to ride in one. And forget being able to buy one...

      But damn is it hot...
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a lamborgotti fasterosa XT550 with ABS Sport-tec package!
      • 7 Years Ago
      To all the LS motor fanbois out there: Today is your day, revel in it. This is one thread on the internet where you won't have to say "That car is ok, but it would be better if it had an LS7."
        • 7 Years Ago
        As I noted above: He who designed the famed Ferrari V-12 and Lamborghini V-12 chose the small block Chevy as his power plant of choice for everything from his road cars to the Formula 1 car he built.
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