The Florentine sports auto builder Ermini is making its grand return to the public eye with the Seiottosei Barchetta at the Geneva Motor Show, right after about 50 years of being gone. Its most recent model blends an previous-school philosophy with modern styling.
Barchetta means “little boat” in Italian and describes a total niche of convertibles, well-liked in the 1950s and 1960s, that normally mixed reduced excess weight and a small engine to give drivers fantastic dynamics in a tiny bundle. The Seiottosei follows these attributes completely with a steel trellis chassis and carbon fiber panels that weigh just one,512-pounds (686kg) complete. Power is provided by a Renault-sourced turbocharged 2.-liter, 4-cylinder pumping out 315 horsepower, and 6-speed sequential gearbox. Ermini claims it is ample to push the minor roadster to 62 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and to an electronically constrained leading speed of 168 mph.
Ermini went out of business the initial time in 1962, but in its era it took class wins in main races like the Targa Florio in 1950 and 1953. It reopened in 2007, and now hopes to find its area in the crowded boutique automobile segment.
Number of current sports automobile producers can match the intense, albeit quick, history of the Ermini brand.
In the publish-war years, the Florentine brand fittingly represented the “prototype” of the
Italian sports vehicle – nimble and pacy automobiles with refined engines, often of minimal or medium power, with aggressive and intriguing profiles. Amongst 1946 and 1955, Ermini developed and powered around forty vehicles, all sports activities automobiles that rivalled, like Osca and Cisitalia, the far more substantial-profile and potent Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche and Mercedes models, sometimes, fairly incredibly, even managing to beat them.
On the legendary streets of the Mille Miglia, as well as those of the Targa Florio, the Florentine automaker wrote some of the most glorious and unforgettable chapters in that period of Italian and international motor sports.
In just in excess of 10 many years Ermini or Ermini-powered automobiles created more than 600 appearances in domestic and worldwide races.
There were numerous prestigious victories, both in terms of class (this kind of as Targa Florio 1950/1953, Mugello in 1955, the Giro di Sicilia 1952, the Coppa d’;oro delle Dolomiti 1949, and the Italian street racing championships of 1950), and outright (this kind of as the Coppa della Toscana in 1949).
The certain sporting nature of the Ermini brand is demonstrated by the typical participation of its cars at main worldwide races such as the Mille Miglia, the place in 1950, the highest “Sport” class numbered thirteen Ermini or Ermini-powered cars. The Florence brand also created its mark abroad (even if number of Ermini vehicles and engines left Italy) winning a Dutch class championship in 1953 with an Ermini-powered sports auto and competing in numerous races also in the US.
And it was in the US that amateur constructor Bill Devin was inspired by the winding and captivating profile of an Ermini 357 Scaglietti, utilizing the bodywork of the Florentine sports activities auto to build fibreglass bodies that have been later on utilised on all around 400 sports activities autos.
This fascinating story came to an end in 1962 when the Florentine brand ceased trading.
A slumber that lasted until 2007 when, thanks to Ermini Automobili Italia, the organization was reborn in Florence, almost fifty years soon after the closure of the mythical Ermini, one particular of the most legendary names in Italian sport.
In 2014, thanks to the partnership with Osella of Turin, the Ermini of the 21st century will make its bow with a vehicle that will comply with in the footsteps of the brand’;s historic philosophy and reintroduce, with a modern day get, the idea of BARCHETTA SPORT.
Engineered by Osella
Created by Giulio Cappellini
Chassis: Trellis / steel tubing and carbon panels
Wheelbase: 2.600 mm
Track: 1.625 mm (front) – 1.595 mm (rear)
Width: one.850 mm
Length: 4.120 mm
Suspensions: front and rear-wheel suspensions “push road”, double triangles Renault
Engine: F4RT RS – 4 cylinders sixteen valve 1.998cc (320CV)
Gearbox: Sadev 6 velocity sequential + reverse, double-disc clutch
Breaking technique: Brembo with self-ventilating brake disk rotors
Coachwork: 2-seater kind “Barchetta”, aluminium and carbon fibre
Wheels: OZ Racing – front 7,5/17, rear 8,5/17
Tyres: Toyo R888 front 215/45-17, rear 245/forty-17
Bodyweight: 686 Kg
Efficiency: 270 Km/h (pace limit gadget)
Acceleration :-100Km/h estimated in much less than 3,5 sec.