Some of the best performing cars on the planet are products of Italy, but what comes to mind when you’re asked about the best Italian iconic supercars out there? For the average enthusiast or hobbyist, the list rightfully includes the Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F12 TdF, Bugatti EB110, Maserati MC12, Pagani Huayra and the Pininfarina Battista. No wonder “Bel Paese” (Beautiful Country) is Italy’s nickname.
However, a true gearhead knows that one particular name that rightfully belongs on this list is missing, perhaps because it is a relatively young brand – the Italian born and bred Mazzanti Automobili founded 20 years ago. Mazzanti is a proud Italian brand, as evidenced by the Italian colors at the top of the logo and the word ‘Pisa’ in the bottom right corner as a reference to its Tuscan roots.
It is one of the few brands in the world to inject fresh air into a market-driven industry, at the cost of creativity and ingenuity. The 41-year-old founder, Luca Mazzanti, has a burning passion for motorsport and, of course, classic sports cars. Despite not being as popular as the Lamborghinis and Ferraris, savvy collectors and enthusiasts around the world see Mazzanti as “a unique opportunity to own one of the rarest hypercars in the world.” Let’s see.
A Brief History of Mazzanti Automobili
Italian car manufacturer Mazzanti Automobili specializes in handcrafted high-performance cars. It was originally founded as Faralli & Mazzanti (F&M) in Gello di Pontedera, Italy, in 2002 by the duo Luca Mazzanti, a specialist in supercar design and development, and Walter Faralli, a specialist in classic car restoration.
Both Faralli and Mazzanti share a passion for auto racing and Italian sports cars. It started out as a restoration workshop, but also offered very limited edition hand-built exotics such as the 2006 Faralli & Mazzanti Antas V8 GT. The F&M Antas is an exceptionally beautiful car, inspired by historic custom supercars, which is evident not only in the design, but also in the materials used, such as the one hundred percent hand-built aluminum body.
Owners took delivery of their Maserati-produced V8-powered Antas tourer with a beautiful body covered in matching blue velvet. Included with the Antas was a silver plate with the car’s identification numbers, as well as a photo book and a DVD documenting the vehicle’s construction. Notably, despite the classic Berlinetta design emphasized by its long, wide hood, the V8-powered Antas delivered fantastic modern performance.
But as Geoffrey Chaucer wrote: “But in the end, as everything has come to an endFaralli eventually split from F&M in 2010 to form Faralli Restauricwhile Mazzanti continued to do what he does best: designing and developing incredibly performing supercars.
Mazzanti Automobili is one of Italy’s best kept secrets
If you’ve never heard of Mazzanti Automobili, you’ll be wondering if there’s a conspiracy to keep this Italian brand a secret. After the split of Faralli/Mazzanti in 2010, Faralli concentrated on his specialization in the restoration of classic cars, while Mazzanti founded Mazzanti Automobili specifically for the design and development of hypercars.
Sure enough, Mazzanti introduced the Mazzanti Evantra the following year, even though the project was in development three years earlier. Evantra premiered as a production supercar from 2013 and was so advanced that when the new ‘hypercar’ classification was created in 2018, the Evantra was then designated a hypercar.
Limited to just five production units per year, the Evantra is highly customizable to meet individual customer requirements and the driving position is precisely configured to customer dimensions – a bespoke treatment usually reserved only to the most prestigious race cars or the best tailor-made suits. For this reason, the Evantra project is the go-to for collectors and enthusiasts who put exclusivity first.
As the founder himself is an accomplished designer and developer, customers appreciate the opportunity to have Mazzanti’s unique touch in the interior of their Evantra. Luca Mazzanti can be impressively described as the founder, creator, designer, developer, tester and “do anything man” at Mazzanti Automobili. Apparently the brand isn’t all about aesthetics and the Evantra’s spec sheet is quite impressive, but more on that later.
The philosophy of Mazzanti Automotive
Simply put, we can define a company’s philosophy by its values and the added value for its customers through its products or services. It is “The way we do things here” formal and informal belief system. In that light, Mazzanti Automobili’s philosophy is quite eye-catching, even if it leads to a more demanding path that is not widely followed.
There is nothing so easy about designing and developing custom supercars that are among the best Italian sports cars, even if only a few people know about them. It’s easy to set up shop on a Tuscan street and get recognized as an Italian car manufacturer. But then comes the part of building handmade supercars, with an emphasis on handmade.
Mazzanti does not have a robotic facility. This means that every corner, bend and air duct of each of the five cars they make in a year is intricately and painstakingly designed, engineered and then finished by hand. Instead of robots, you have a team of talented engineers who share a common passion for cars that can take on anything, including the hand-hammered aluminum and precision-crafted carbon fiber bodywork.
Mazzanti Automobili Models: The Evantra Project
The personal touch sets Mazzanti miles apart from its counterparts who roll out thousands of cars. Instead, what sets the small Italian brand apart is that bespoke treatment of sitting down with a customer to go through everything from the perfect interior to the perfect color and anything else that makes the vehicle’s uniqueness stand out. customer improves.
As a result, no two Mazzanti supercars or hypercars are exactly alike, a level of customization only experienced by the hand-built Mazzanti Evantra Pura and its sub-models. Bigger brands like the Bugatti Divo can offer a similar service on certain occasions, but this is what Mazzanti Automobili lives for every year.
Mazzanti’s brands currently include the Evantra Classic, Evantra 771/781, Evantra Millecavalli and our favorite, the $1 million Evantra Pura. The potent Evantra weighs an impressive 2,866 lbs, powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter GM-derived V8 engine and mated to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission to produce a tar-burning 761 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque.
The mill has been specially modified in-house at Mazzanti, allowing the Evantra to go over 220 mph and race from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. The $2.4 million Millecavalli has a twin-turbocharged unit that makes over 1,000 horsepower and a top speed of over 250 mph. Keep wondering why you didn’t know all this about Mazzanti.