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Country of origin:Italy
Introduced in:2013
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 09, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHaving learned the ropes in the family owned restoration shop, Luca Mazzanti branched out and introduced a sports car of his own design and making. Dubbed the Antas and launched in 2006, Mazzanti's first creation clearly reflected his classic car background. The retro design was produced under the Faralli & Mazzanti name but the companies have since split to focus on respectively restoring and building cars.

The first car produced by the newly formed Mazzanti Automobili is the Evantra V8 due to be revealed at the 2013 Top Marques show in Monaco. When the new mid-engined sports car was first announced, late in 2011, it was already three years in the making. During this development period, Mazzanti was assisted by his Hungarian chief engineer Zsolt Tarnok. The result is a thoroughly modern sports car, representing a clear departure from the company's earlier design.

A straightforward steel tubular spaceframe forms the core of the Evantra. Additional structural rigidity is provided by a chrome-molybdenum steel roll-cage. Suspension is by double wishbones at all four corners. Mounted amidships is a sizeable V8, presumably of American origin. The naturally aspirated engine is well honed and produces a hefty 701 bhp and 848 Nm of torque. This power is fed to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The potent rolling chassis is clothed in a tightly wrapped body that combines curvaceous lines with sharp angles. Upon customer request, the body is available either in carbon-fibre composite or, hand crafted, in aluminium. Among the compact design's more unusual features are the rear-hinged doors. These provide easy access to the lavish interior, which is tailor-made to suit the customer's specific demands. With the carbon fibre body, the Evantra V8 tips the scales at just 1,300 kg.

Following the official launch in Monaco, Mazzanti plan to build a maximum of five Evantras per year. This is in keeping with the name, which means 'a unique, eternal or exclusive object' in an ancient Etruscan language. One of the Etruscan people's goddesses was also named Evantra.

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