2007 Castagna Aznom

April 20th, 2007, Monaco – At the 2007 Top Marques Monaco Show, Castagna from Milan are displaying four lavishly appointed Mini Coopers and a sole Aznom supercar that’s in stark contrast. It’s a bespoke and rebodied Corvette Z06 that benefits from the Castagna’s refinement and attention to detail.

From the outside, the exposed carbon fiber emphasizes a new theme for Castagna: performance. Using the Corvette chassis as a base makes all performance engineering easy as it can largely be upgraded through other after market venues.

Upon first glance, the Castagna reminds us of the original 1953 Corvette with its modern interpretation of the egg-crate grille and other traditional features. However, the lines of the car are thoroughly modern and more aggressive than any production model.

At the front are two fully extended front lights and the rear end gets the same treatment with an LED array. The cabin has an Italian fastback profile but suffers from no rearward visibility. A small wing is fixed to the roof which raises during cornering and braking. At the rear is a clever splitter that integrates some of the rear lights and four exhaust tips.

Other details include custom 5-spoke wheels that sit in 20 inch Pirelli PZero tyres. They hide a big brake system with 14 inch (356 mm) brakes upfront.

The Corvette’s Z06 V8 engine has been tweaked to produce 750 bhp and is fitted with a dry sump lubrication system. With traction control, the RWD coupe reaches 0-100 kph in around 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 350 kph.

Castagna was founded 1849 by Carlo Castagna. It reached the peak of its glory days between 1920 and 1930 producing custom-built bodies assembled on some of the best chassis in the world. So exclusive were these bodies, that they won coveted awards at the Concours D’Elegance and the era’s most prestigious shows. The name made a comeback in 1996 when Gioacchino Acampora relaunched the brand with a Alfa 75 concept car at the Geneva Salon. Since then, a range of Mini Cooper accessories and upgrades have been the company’s mainstay, but now the the Aznom secures them into supercar territory.

Story by Supercars.net

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In Detail

engine Cast Aluminum LS7 V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Front Longitudinal
valvetrain OHV, 2 Valves w/Cyl
fuel feed Sequential Fuel Injection
displacement 7011 cc / 427.8 in³
bore 104.8 mm / 4.13 in
stroke 101.6 mm / 4.0 in
power 559.3 kw / 750 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output 106.97 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 535.71 bhp per tonne
torque 980 nm / 722.8 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
body / frame Carbon Fibre BOdy over Hydroformed Steel Frame w/Aluminum & Magnesium Structural Components
driven wheels RWD w/Electronic Traction Control
front tires 285/30 20
rear tires 335/30 20
front brakes Vented & Cross Drilled Rotors w/6 Piston Calipers, ABS
f brake size x 356 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakes Vented & Cross Drilled Rotors w/4 Piston Calipers, ABS
r brake size x 340 mm / x 13.4 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Speed Sensitive Power Assist
f suspension Wishbones w/Upper & Lower Control Arms, Transverse Composite Leaf Spring, Monotube Shock Absorbers
r suspension Wishbones w/Upper & Lower Control Arms, Transverse Composite Leaf Spring, Monotube Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1400 kg / 3086 lbs
length 4444 mm / 175.0 in
width 1990 mm / 78.3 in
height 1240 mm / 48.8 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~335 kph / 208.2 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.4 seconds