2014 Geneva Motor Show saw the debut of a new but old-school Italian sports car in form of the Ermini Seiottosei. Developed as a road-legal track car, the Seiottosei in a modern take on the Italian Barchetta, meaning you get a lightweight body, no roof, and plenty of speed.
Ermini Seiottosei features a race car-inspired tubular chassis and a carbon/aluminum construction developed jointly with Osella. The chassis integrates a mid-mounted engine and push-rod suspension, and is bolted an all-aluminum, hand-crafted body.
Weighing less than 700 kg, the Seiottosei boasts an incredible power to weight ratio of kg/hp thanks to a 320 horsepower engine. The power comes from a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. It enables the car to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 270 km/h.
Being Italian, Ermini Seiottosei is full of wonderful little details. The grille and the front badge, for instance, were designed by master Jewelers, made of silver and hot-cast enamel, in accordance with an old Florentine tradition, and inspired by 1955 ‘357 Scaglietti Ermini’. The car also features bespoke “Pasquino” steering wheel by Nardi, OZ wheels and Brembo brakes.
All this makes the Ermini Seiottosei an expensive proposition, although they don’t say how expensive exactly.