2006 Ascari KZ1

Written by tonks on October 9, 2006

2006 Ascari KZ1Can the brand new race-bred Ascari KZ1, exotic supercar with 500 bhp V-8, make its mark among the likes of the Pagani Zonda and Lamborghini Murcielago? It has good looks, handling, exclusivity and plenty of power, but is that enough?

Ascari? ‘What’s that?’, you might ask. Well, of course, Alberto Ascari was a renowned Italian racing driver of the 1950s, but now it is the name of an exotic supercar with a top speed of 200 mph, thrilling acceleration, taking you to 100 mph in around 8.5 seconds, and race-developed structure and suspension to match. The Ascari KZ1 is definitely a most welcome addition to the exotic supercar ranks.

Ascari Cars was set up 10 years ago by Klaus Zwart, a wealthy Dutch businessman, and its first car was a mid-engined coupe called the Ecosse. Quite a few were built. Work on the KZ1 started about four years ago, and now this mid-engined coupe is in production.

In addition to building cars, Ascari also has a racing division which modifies and maintains cars for racing, including the single-seaters used with other cars at the Race Resort Ascari near Ronda in the south of Spain. Ascari has a well-equipped plant including a paint shop, at Banbury, in the heart of England. Buyers of the KZ1 get an opportunity to sample the race track at the resort, but membership costs a hefty £100,000.

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