A new high-performance car is brewing, it has strong power, and is expected to be comparable to Bugatti Kailong. The project is underway in Australia and is currently in its early stages.
The name of this car is Giocattolo Marcella, which can be said to be a hybrid of a super sports car and a hot rod.
This is the idea of Australian entrepreneur Paul Halstead, who provided new details in the Car Advice interview published on Tuesday.
Halstead, 74, made a fortune in the IT industry in the 1970s, and he used the money to fund his passion for cars. This includes supplying Ford V-8 engines to De Tomaso and manufacturing Pantera racing cars. He also dreamed of making a car by himself and was close to completing it in the 1980s.
At that time, Halstead ran a high-performance car dealership and tried to manufacture and sell Alfa Romeo Sprint coupes modified to fit the mid-mounted V-8. He called the car Giocattolo, which is very advanced today, equipped with Kevlar body panels, Brembo brakes and a suspension developed by former McLaren F1 engineer Barry Lock.
Unfortunately, due to poor sales, Halstead only built 15 examples before having to fold the business. Now, decades later, Halstead is developing a new Giocattolo, even crazier than before.
Just like Chiron, it is built around a custom W-16 engine. Halstead’s own engineering department, HAL, was developed by a pair of LS7 7.0-liter V-8 engines purchased from General Motors.
Two V-8s flipped at a 45-degree angle will not merge into one crankshaft. Instead, the HAL engine uses a specially developed transfer case that draws power from the crankshafts of two V-8s and transmits it to a single output shaft. Then, the shaft is connected to a 6-speed sequential transmission. The maximum output is 1,400 horsepower, and the target weight (probably dry weight) is 2,755 pounds.
For Giocattolo Marcella, the powerful power unit will be installed on a lightweight carbon fiber bathtub and housed in a slim body composed of more carbon fiber and Kevlar fiber. There will be no doors. Instead, a sliding canopy similar to a jet fighter will provide access to the cabin, which has a three-seater layout, just like the McLaren F1 and Hyundai McLaren Speedtail.
As for production, Halstead told the Motor Authority in a previous interview that the project is just an interesting thing, not a serious business venture. He plans to be ready around 2022 and will be shown at events such as Detroit Autorama or Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The final performance of the car and the level of interest, especially the level of interest of potential investors, will determine whether the small batch production will go into production.
Halstead is a great admirer of Horacio Pagani and Christian von Koenigsegg. They have realized their dream of building a world-class supercar, but he admits that this is a very difficult task.
He said: “I have been to 15 Giocattolos built in the 80s, and I really understand how difficult it is to become a Pagani.” “That man is a true legend he has achieved.”
Post time: Sep-27-2020