Autosport International 2005 marked the world debut of the stunning Ascari KZ1 supercar in its long-anticipated ready-for-the-road glory, revealed for the first time in its finished splendour by its creator and owner of Ascari, Klaas Zwart.
This coincided with Ascari’s announcement that it is now taking orders for its first bespoke KZ1. There is no time limit on the production as each KZ1 is individually hand crafted and only 50 will ever be created, making this one of the most exclusive and coveted cars in the world. Priced at £235,000, the KZ1 can only be acquired directly from Ascari’s European headquarters in Banbury, England.
Stylishly low-slung and sleekly aerodynamic, the stunning KZ1 has a super-light, super-strong carbon fibre monocoque chassis and body shell weighing just 1,330kg. Its powerful V8 engine, tuned to deliver 500bhp, combined with power to weight ratio of 376bhp per tonne, enables the KZ1 to achieve an exhilarating 60mph in just 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph.
The KZ1 was born from Ascari’s Chairman Klaas Zwart’s desire to create one of the world’s greatest supercars, and his own passion for motor-racing. KZ1 prototypes have covered over 100,000 gruelling test miles to ensure that exceptional power is matched with reliability and longevity.
Uniquely ‘tailor-made’ to technical and design perfection, KZ1 owners will have their car hand-built at Ascari’s 45,000 square foot Banbury headquarters by its 30-strong team of vehicle engineering elite, selected from the world of F1 and motorsport. They can spend time with the team at the factory to personally finalise their choice of specification and colour, and then return to the factory once the build is complete to collect their stunning new supercar.
Inside the KZ1
The KZ1’s interior is luxuriously finished and perfect in its detail. Design is pared back as befitting a true sports car, minimising weight, an essential for high performance driving.
Foremost automotive interior designers, Frazero, worked closely with the Ascari team to create the dashboard and components within this highly specified supercar. Finest grade, Jonathan Connolly leather, manufactured exclusively for the KZ1, covers the interior, contrasting stylishly with brushed aluminium, while the specially constructed carbon fibre Sparco sports seats are designed for optimum drive control.
Driver comfort and security are assured as the KZ1 standard equipment includes climate controlled air conditioning, a top of the range CD player, remote central locking and a Thatcham Cat1 alarm and immobiliser, plus NavTrak security tracking.
To order a bespoke KZ1 please telephone Chris Burton at Ascari on + 44 (0)1295 752231 0r +44 (0)7917 132890, or email [email protected]
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