Giotto Bizzarrini is a legendary automotive engineer, a man who played a pivotal role in Italian automotive history. Born in June 1926 in Quercianella on the Etruscan Coast, just south of Livorno, Bizzarrini’s passion for sports cars was fuelled by his role a mechanic for the Mille Miglia. After studying mechanical engineering at the University of Pisa, he worked first for Alfa Romeo before joining Ferrari in 1957.
What role did Giotto Bizzarrini play at Ferrari?
Giotto Bizzarrini was Head of Experimental, Sport and GT Car Development at Ferrari. He not only oversaw the Testa Rossa but also the 250 GTO. Ultimately, Bizzarrini fell victim to Enzo Ferrari’s fabled 1962 ‘Palace Revolt,’ which ousted him and his colleagues.
What did Bizzarrini do after he left Ferrari in 1962?
Giotto Bizzarrini set up his own engineering consultancy, first designing Lamborghini’s quad-cam all-aluminium 3.5 litre V12, and then working alongside Renzo Rivolta on the Iso Rivolta IR 300 and the Iso Grifo. Giotto Bizzarrini founded his company in 1964. The first car to bear the Bizzarrini name was the 5300 GT, an evolution of the Iso Grifo A3C.
Was Giotto Bizzarrini successful on the racetrack?
Giotto Bizzarrini worked on racing cars for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. A talented driver, he was able to combine his skills with an understanding of mechanical components to diagnose issues, devise new designs and constantly find the optimum engineering solution. Bizzarrini was instrumental in shaping the Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the most famous racing cars of all time.
When was Bizzarrini S.p. A founded?
Societa Prototipi Bizzarrini (Bizzarrini S.p. A) was established in 1964 and based in Livorno, Italy.
Bizzarrini: The Cars
Was the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa a successful racing car?
The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa proved to be a formidable competitor. Powered by the Chevrolet V8 engine deployed in the ISO road cars. In 1965, the Bizzarrini 5300 GT, chassis 0222, competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of French drivers Regis Fraissinet and Jean de Mortemart and won the over-5-litre class, finishing ninth overall. Bizzarrini himself then drove the race car back to Northern Italy from the Circuit de la Sarthe.
What other notable cars did Bizzarrini S.p. A build?
The 1965 Bizzarrini P538 was a strikingly functional open body racing car, with either a V8 or V12 mid-mounted engine. Bizzarrini also produced the more modestly powered 1967 1900 GT Europa. In 1968, Bizzarrini collaborated with Giorgetto Giugiaro on the wedge-shaped Bizzarrini Manta concept car (meaning ‘manta ray’).
What happened to the Bizzarrini name after Bizzarrini S.p.A closed in 1969?
The Bizzarrini name was subsequently used on the 1971 Bizzarrini Sciabola (meaning ‘Sabre’). It also graced the 1993 BZ 2001, the 1998 Bizzarrini Kjara, and the Bizzarrini Ghepardo GTS, (meaning ‘Cheetah’) also known as the Bizzarrini GT Strada 4.1 concept.
Has Bizzarrini ever built a one-off automobile?
A special commission from a member of the Italian Royal Family, Prince Amedeo, the Duke of Aosta, resulted in the Duca ‘d’Aosta, a closed body GT car developed from the P538 racing car. Constructed in 1968 with a Chevy V8 and a manual gearbox, the Duca d’Aosta is one of the rarest Bizzarrini designs.
Why revive the Bizzarrini name in the modern era?
Bizzarrini was a niche manufacturer with close ties to all the big names in Italian car design and engineering. Giotto Bizzarrini’s emphasis on engineering excellence and innovation, as well as the undeniable beauty and fluidity of the cars that bear his name, provide a substantial heritage on which to draw. What’s more, Bizzarrini’s ethos remains hugely relevant to the modern sports car market, where beauty and innovation are synonymous.
Bizzarrini: The Revival
What will be the first car in the Bizzarrini revivals series?
The 5300 GT Revival Corsa will bring the spirit and ethos of Bizzarrini to a whole new audience. Working with direct access to the Bizzarrini archive and some of the best surviving examples of the 5300 GT, the first model to bear the Bizzarrini name since the GT Strada 4.1 concept of 2005 will be an authentic contemporary interpretation of the iconic Le Mans winning race car. The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa 24/65 will feature details inspired by the iconic chassis 0222.
How many cars will Bizzarrini be building?
Just 24 Revival cars will be built. Each 5300 GT Revival Corsa will be a piece of functional automotive art that is both a true collector’s item and a spirited driver’s car.
Where will Bizzarrini build the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa?
The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa is being hand-made at our facility in the Midlands (England), with scope for each car to be tailored to its owner’s precise specification. The cars will be manufactured to meticulous standards by a highly experienced workforce and modern standards of safety and convenience.
What is the mechanical specification of the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa?
The 5300 GT Revival Corsa will be expertly engineered for safe, dynamic, high speed track use. The car will be engineered to meet Appendix K FIA regulations, but we will also respect the desire of some of our owners to want to drive the cars on the road and make the necessary modifications.
Will the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa be updated for modern requirements?
Key details of the Revival car will be adapted to meet modern safety standards, such as the placement of the fuel tanks, a race-grade roll bar and the construction of the steering column. Uprated independent rear suspension and all-round disc brakes are paired with a period-specific 5300 cubic centimeter V8 with Weber 45 DCOE (Doppio Corpo Orizzontale E) carburettors, developing between 400 and 480 horsepower. At around 1250 kg, the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa 24/65 will have an excellent power to weight ratio.
Will any significant changes are being made to the design of the Bizzarrini 5300 GT?
Bizzarrini’s exploration of the heritage and construction of the 5300 GT has revealed many components and details that have changed over time. Modifications and enhancements were made over time, and our intention is to create a car that is as original as possible. Elements like the functional dashboard are being recreated as per the original design drawings.
When will the first customer Bizzarrini 5300 GTs be delivered?
Construction of the first prototype is well underway, with the first customer cars scheduled to be delivered in February 2022.
Bizzarrini: The Future?
Is Bizzarrini still affiliated with the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro?
Giorgetto Giugiaro has a long association with both Giotto Bizzarrini and Bizzarrini the manufacturer. As one of the world’s most influential automotive designers, Giorgetto Giugiaro, born 1938, worked on a number of collaborations with Bizzarrini, both during his time at Stile Bertone and Carrozzeria Ghia, and at his own studio, Italdesign Guigiaro, founded in 1967. We are proud to be collaborating with GFG Style, the design consultancy founded by Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio in 2015, on the next stage of Bizzarrini’s development.
Are you affiliated with the Zagato-designed Iso Rivolta GTZ model?
There is no physical or technical connection between the modern Bizzarrini and the new GTZ model produced by Zagato. The two companies have a long historic association, but in the modern era the brands are under completely separate ownership and management.
Will there be more Bizzarrini revival cars?
Giotto Bizzarrini created a very limited number of extremely special automobiles. We believe there is scope to explore the company’s heritage and bring these rare and beautiful creations to a wider audience without compromising the history or significance of the surviving original cars.
What are your long-term plans for the Bizzarrini name?
The next stage of Bizzarrini’s development will be the creation of a new Bizzarrini for a new era. With a historic reconnection with Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro, the new Bizzarrini project is for a superlative high-performance sports car that will honour its founder’s commitment to engineering excellence, pure forms and true automotive artistry.
Will Bizzarrini produce an electric car?
Bizzarrini are passionate and committed to the emotion and sensation created by the internal combustion engine; the creation of the Lamborghini V12 is one of Giotto Bizzarrini’s defining achievements. We believe our customers share this passion. In the future, we will explore a range of options, including fossil fuel alternatives for our internal combustion engines and even electric or hybrid solutions on some derivatives in the future. Bizzarrini will always be traditional at heart but timeless in its vision.
Bizzarrini: The People
Who is behind the revival of the Bizzarrini brand?
Rezam Al-Roumi is the owner and visionary driving force behind the Bizzarrini brand. “We are daring to be different, just as Giotto Bizzarrini was back in the 1960s,” says Mr. Al-Roumi, “Bizzarrini will always stand for excellence and innovation.” The Group CEO of Alroumi Group Holdings, and Chairman of Pegasus Brands, Rezam Al-Roumi is a direct descendant of one of Kuwait’s pre-eminent pearl trading families. A former director and Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, Al Roumi is dedicated to ensuring that the heritage of unique brands stays dynamic and relevant in today's world. Dr Ulrich Bez is Chairman of Bizzarrini. A distinguished veteran of the global car industry, Dr Bez started his career at Porsche, before moving on to BMW and Daewoo Motors in Korea. In 2000, he joined Aston Martin Lagonda as CEO, launching four new cars in four years, securing the company’s independence from Ford Motor Company and bringing it back into international motorsport at the highest level. Christopher Sheppard is CEO of Bizzarrini. Formerly the CEO of Aston Martin Middle East North Africa, he brings extensive familiarity with the High Luxury Sector of the market. Currently a Director of Aston Martin Works, Sheppard has huge experience of low-volume, high specification manufacturing. Janette Green is Bizzarrini’s Chief Marketing Officer. A former Global Brand Communications Director at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., Green is an accomplished media specialist. She has also served as Head of PR at Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and holds several Non-Executive Board roles.
Who should I contact to find out more about Bizzarrini?