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Mystery supercar from Modena


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Sep 7, 2004
Bradford, UK
Taken from 4Car (as always :p)

When we first heard about Project 1221, it was April Fools' Day, but regular updates on its progress have since been appearing on the independent Italian car enthusiasts' website, italiaspeed.com. The Modena-based Project 1221's car, called the MF1, is said to be an ultra-refined, luxurious supercar developed to rival the Bugatti Veyron, and the first product from an independent group which aims to create top-end boats and aircraft as well as supercars. The "1221" of the title could refer, apparently, to the MF1's power output: a statement from the project team has confirmed that it will have a "four digit" horsepower figure, and a "five-figure" powerband. Ah, and it will cost from 575,000euros (before local taxes); people are said to have placed orders, although not even a computer-generated image of the car is available as yet. It's all very mysterious, and you could be forgiven for thinking that it's a spoof or a scam.

Project 1221 describes itself as an independent group, which declares that it "is not a prestige, niche-market offshoot of some industrial conglomerate, nor does it have any obligation to make shareholders or investors happy. On the other hand, it is not a gratuitous pet project, either." It also has some heavyweight names behind it; chief engineer on the project is Mauro Forghieri, a long-time senior member of the Scuderia Ferrari, F1 legend and former technical director of both Lamborghini Engineering and Bugatti Automobili. His team is based on Modena, but co-ordinating with a design studio in Turin, Beestudio, led by former IDEA designer Anna Visconti. Visconti is working in collaboration with ex-Pininfarina designer Emanuele Nicosia, who worked on the Jaguar XJS convertible, Ferrari 288 GTO and Testarossa, as well as the interiors of the Lamborghini Diablo and Bugatti EB110.

The MF1 is, according to the team's website, a "two-seat berlinetta (coupe) of rare beauty, distinguished by fierce and effortless performance singularly delivered in outstanding comfort and safety." No details of the engine which will power this phenomenal machine as yet, but it's expected to be a V12 giving a greater power-to-weight ratio than that of the Enzo Ferrari; Project 1221 has lofty ambitions for the MF1, positioning it as the fastest production car in the world, and intending it to compete not only at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but - in different specification, presumably - in the Dakar Rally, and to complete a record-breaking high speed run. It will come in either four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive form, with the option of manual or automatic transmission, and, for the brave, the option of switching off the traction control. Power output would be selectable, with a lower output for everyday driving but the full capacity unleashed for track days, special occasions or sudden impulses&

Other details revealed so far hint at ultra-aerodynamic bodywork, with a teardrop-like shape and no protruding rear-view mirrors, and a mid-engined layout, with access to the cabin via upward-opening 'scissor' doors. It'll be luxurious and comfortable inside, however, with sufficient luggage space: a liftback tail end allows for a large luggage compartment behind the engine, and there will be further loadspace at the front; apparently, it will be capable of carrying more than the usual two golf bags, and can even accommodate ski gear.

Project 1221 says that it will eventually have 10-15 dealers worldwide in key territories, and that it is currently putting interested parties through a selection process. It claims to have a distribution plan, and is setting out allocation of specific chassis numbers. A production run of 200 cars is hinted at. The team is quite firm that no previews of the car will be given until enough people have signed up and paid a 20 percent deposit. It seems to have decided to play a bit of a game with the media, and is aiming for a spectacular unveiling, in the meantime issuing cryptic statements via its website. But would you put down over 100,000euros on a car you'd never seen? We're intrigued, anyway, and will be keeping an eye on any further developments.

Its gonna be hard to design thier own engine. So I'm guessing its another 7. something litre amg car :)

Wierd website they have btw..
Sounds like a company I should own...hahahahahah

Any other Ontarians want to pool some money and apply to get a dealership here?? :lol:

*edit: Did you see this?? From their website, discussing the 1221:

Project 1221 said:
Furthermore, they are purposely designed to integrate, if desired, up to the highest level of armoured protection.

ARMOUR!?!? :?
yeah, sounds the same to me, no supercar can be developed without bragging rights, if it were true, at least one engineer would have leaked pictures.
it says on their website that the 1 in "MF1" is the power to weight ratio of the car...

it could be a go cart with a V12 and a trailer for all the luggage :D
well if they have 1221hp they can get a car that weights 1221lbs unless they're talking in kg's :lol:
there's an update:

An update on the progress of the mysterious 'Project 1221' MF1 supercar has been released. The Modena-based Project is led by former Ferrari F1 engineer and technical director of both Lamborghini and Bugatti, Mauro Forghieri, along with ex-Pininfarina designer Emanuele Nicosia (Ferrari 288 GTO and Testarossa, interiors for the Lamborghini Diablo and Bugatti EB110); so far, it has been confirmed that the MF1 will have a mid-mounted engine delivering a "four-digit" power output, with selectable outputs according to driver demand, either four- or rear-wheel drive, with the option of manual or automatic transmissions. Curiously, it will "sport both left- and right-hand drive, simply selectable in a matter of seconds, by the driver without any need of mechanical modifications or adjustments. The steering wheel can be swiftly positioned either on the left or on the right side along with the pedals, while the steering rack is - and remains - centrally-mounted as on a single-seater racing car." Presumably this has been enabled by the use of an electronic steer-by-wire set-up. The MF1 will also have upward-opening 'scissor'-type doors and a liftback tail, allowing for a generous luggage capacity.

Latest news is denying that "1221 might be a hint to the power output", which "is not the case. In fact, the power of the MF1 is even higher than that. Beyond constituting a symbolic proclamation of freedom, this amount of power guarantees that even with the highest - and heaviest - level of optional armoured protection the MF1 will be able to accelerate at least as hard as any other supercar." The other good news for prospective buyers is that "full-proof" reliability has been pledged from the unique engine (thought to be a V12), which promises five-digit maximum engine revs. Bad news is that the price has been increased by 100,000euros to 675,000euros, though those who have already placed their orders will not be affected. An unveiling of an image of the car - though not a peek at the car itself - is expected shortly, along with more details of its specification and engine characteristics.
So it's going to break the speed record, be in Le Mans and Dakar, it's ultra luxious, and it has armour. :shock:

Something is fishy.
To complete the nonsense, all they need to say is that it will be solar powered and cotton candy will come out of the exhaust pipe.... :? :yucky:
hmm, another update on our mistery car ... might be true, might be bull
although some really good supercars can come out of single, small manufacturers, ex: Zonda, CCR, Apollo etc.

So I hope that if this is not a scam, it should be good. However, I still maintain that it sounds like bull.
Overheat said:
there's an update:

Bad news is that the price has been increased by 100,000euros to 675,000euros.

I knew i should have put a desposit on one...that may have come out wrong....that too :lol:
I'll have to see it to believe it.
^I dn't think there are any pictures, that's the whole point of it.
It's a mystery supercar, nobody knows much about it and the manufacturers are keeping it secret, so that's why it sounds like a load of bull and still plausible at the same time.
Overheat said:
which promises five-digit maximum engine revs. Bad news is that the price has been increased by 100,000euros to 675,000euros,

5digit max rev :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ... sounds alot like a road going F1 car... and 675k Euro?... isn't that even more than the Bugatti Veyron?
yeah well the other day i was walkin down the street and i tihnk i saw a china prototpye sports car zoom by, it was like a old school tyrell had 6 wheel i think it rev t o5 digits too. i think its pirated
andyhui01 said:
Overheat said:
which promises five-digit maximum engine revs. Bad news is that the price has been increased by 100,000euros to 675,000euros,

5digit max rev :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ... sounds alot like a road going F1 car... and 675k Euro?... isn't that even more than the Bugatti Veyron?

Nope, the veyron is 1 mil without taxes (so the price is in every country the same, except from the taxes IIRC).

Greetz Johan