Luca Mazzanti was once partners with the Faralli brothers who together formed Farelli & Mazzanti (F&M) and produced limited edition supercars, namely the Maserati powered Antas and the BMW powered Vulca. However in 2010 the partnership dissolved with the Faralli brothers focusing on their business or restoring expensive, aluminum bodied, historic motor cars. Mazzanti decided to follow his passion of designing and building his namesake supercar. About a year later, the Pontadera, Italy based Mazzanti Automobili revealed its new “Evantra” supercar. In 2013 they displayed the production ready, suicide door, V8 powered version.
What’s in a name?
“Evantra” originates from the ancient Etruscan language and represents an object unique, eternal and exclusive. Evantra is also the name of the Goddess of immortality for the Etruscan people. Further, Etruscan is the name given to a civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio. Their Roman name is the origin of the terms Tuscany, which refers to their heartland.
Mazzanti Automobili will produce only 5 individually personalized Evantras a year at a cost of $892,000 per copy. Starting from the bottom, the car rides on 20” custom OZ alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires from Continental. Stopping power is provided 6 piston caliper, 15” Brembo brakes in front and 4 piston caliper, 14” Brembos out back.
The chassis is constructed of steel which is further reinforced with a chromoly roll cage positioned under the roof with contact points extending to the engine bay enhancing the overall structural stiffness while at the same time providing protection for the occupants.
The body is available is two options; the Pro-Body which is constructed entirely of carbon fiber or the One-Body, which is constructed of hand crafted aluminum. The latter affords the client the opportunity to create a true one-off vehicle.
Power is provided by a 7.0 liter (427 CI) aluminum block, naturally aspirated, Corvette sourced engine producing 701 horsepower at 6,600 rpm’s and 625 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm’s. A Silatronic, 6-speed sequential gearbox ensures that rubber meets the road and is responsible for propelling the 2,646 lb 2 seat coupe from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds while topping out a 217 mph.
While Luca Mazzanti spent years learning his craft with the Faralli brothers restoring Ferraris and Maseratis in the heart of Italy, the Evantra does exhibit some retro styling while avoiding the curvaceousness attributed to the aforementioned marques. The more masculine, aggressive lines bode well for this car and the suicide doors, help to visually separate it from the pack. Luca Mazzanti summed it up best when he stated that the “…Evantra V8 was not born to please everyone, instead to be herself and to generate emotions with her character and exclusivity.”