1995 Cizeta-Moroder V16T

Named after its oddball drivetrain, this supercar takes the Miura concept one step further by using a transverse V16 engine mated to a longitudinal gearbox that together forms the shape of a T.

Claudio Zampolli first envisioned Cizeta in the mid-eighties and had his fully functioning prototype ready in 1988. The final result looked like a Diablo in the rough, but that’s because it was the work of Marcello Gandini for Lamboghini.

Upon receiving Gandini’s design for their Countach replacement, Lamborghini took the concept and altered it heavily, including the removal of his signature notched rear-wheel arches. Frustrated with Lamborghini, Gandini then turned to Cizeta who offered to keep his original flavor.

Never before had the world seen a V16 engine mounted in a transverse layout. Such a setup was necessary due to the long length of the engine, but also made the car one of the widest ever produced. Essentially, two flat-plane V8’s were grafted such that the timing mechanisms shared the center space. Gearing between the two provided a single input for the longitudinally mounted transmission. The block was similar to two Ferrari V8 engines but in the end it had to be cast as a fully custom unit.

Designing and implementing a new engine was a huge feat, especially for an upcoming manufacturer. Most of the drivetrain components were specially outsourced and Cizeta then assembled the complete car around their own aluminum honeycomb tub.

When completed, the car sold for $400 000 USD which was a hard sell considering the company had no race history or company heritage to build upon. For these reasons only ten cars were completed in period.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production 10
price $ $ 300,000
engine 90 Degree, V16
position Transverse Mid-Engine
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 5995 cc / 365.8 in³
bore 86.0 mm / 3.39 in
stroke 64.5 mm / 2.54 in
compression 9.3:1
power 402.7 kw / 540.0 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output 90.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 317.46 bhp per tonne
torque 542.33 nm / 400.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frame Aluminum over Tubular Steel Spaceframe
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires 245/40ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero
rear tires 335/35ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero
front brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist, 4-Pot Calipers
rear brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist, 4-Pot Calipers
front wheels F 43.2 x 22.9 cm / 17.0 x 9.0 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 33.0 cm / 17.0 x 13.0 in
steering ZF Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Unequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Inboard Koni Dampers,, Anti-Ro
r suspension Unequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Inboard Koni Dampers,, Anti-Ro
curb weight 1701 kg / 3750 lbs
wheelbase 2690 mm / 105.9 in
front track 1610 mm / 63.4 in
rear track 1666 mm / 65.6 in
length 4493 mm / 176.9 in
width 2060 mm / 81.1 in
height 1115 mm / 43.9 in
transmission ZF Longitudinal 5-Speed Manual
final drive 2.97:1
top speed ~328.3 kph / 204.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.5 seconds