Can 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? ‘Whatâ€™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 Â£100,000.
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