In the supercar boom of the late 1980's, Claudio Zampolli, an Italian Ferrari dealer living in Los Angeles, decided there was room for anoother player. With financial backing from Giorgio Moroder (of music fame) Cizeta Automobili srl was formed at Modena. Only a few of their one and only car, the Cizeta-Moroder V16T, were produced before the market collapsed and the company followed suit.
Launched in 1989, the V16T was backed by some impressive names, the body being designed by Marcello Gandini and the engine by Tecnostyle. The latter was the showpiece of the car, a 5995cc sixteen cylinder unit with twin-cams on each bank of cylinders. Producing 560bhp it was mounted in a conventional position, behind the occupants, but unconventionally used a transverse layout. It drove the 13 inch wide rear wheels through a five speed ZF transmission. The suspension consisted of double wishbones and coil springs all round, accompanied by disc brakes. The aluminium bodywork was fitted over the tubular steel spaceframe. A top speed of 328km/h was claimed.
The first car was delivered in 1991 before the company disappeared in around 1993. Somewhere around 11 cars were produced.
Engine 5995cc 90deg V16 64v dohc (per bank) with 560bhp @ 8,000rpm Suspension front : double wishbones and coil springs
rear : double wishbones and coil springs, twin dampers
tyres : front 245/40 ZR17, rear 335/35 ZR17
Brakes ventilated discs all round with servo assistance Transmission 5 speed manual Steering rack and pinion with power assistance Weight 1,700kg
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