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Vector Sport has announced a technical and sporting collaboration with Italian automaker Isotta Fraschini, which will enable the team to run Isotta's factory Hypercar program in the World Endurance Championship next year.
Today in Milan, the revived Italian car manufacturer unveiled a Tipo 6 LMH Competizione race car. This will be raced on an individual basis throughout this year and 2024 in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Ferrari and Lamborghini may be two of the most renowned Italian car brands, but before them there was another company that set high standards for engineering excellence - Isotta Fraschini.
Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo Fraschini founded the luxury automobile maker in Milan, Italy in 1900. At first, they imported Mors and Renault cars as well as Aster engines before creating their first model - a 24hp four-cylinder that competed in several races.
Isotta Fraschini was renowned for its luxury cars, but also built buses and marine engines. By the 1920s it had become one of Italy's most prestigious car makers - producing limousines for celebrities such as Rudolf Valentino. Eventually it was absorbed into a larger industrial conglomerate.
After World War II, Fabio Rapi, a young engineer, brought Isotta Fraschini back to life as a car manufacturer with help from Aurelio Lampredi. With their assistance, Rapi worked to reintroduce the brand and produce sophisticated luxury vehicles once more.
Isotta Fraschini produced several models, such as the Type 8A Landaulet. This car was intended to compete with Duesenberg and other American luxury namesplates and sold well in America; however, sales eventually dried up during the 1930s.
Isotta Fraschini returned to production after World War II, with their Tipo 8C Monterosa model as the last model produced. The Tipo 8C stands as an impressive testament to Isotta Fraschini's history in automotive design - once dominated by luxury names.
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Isotta Fraschini plans to join the FIA World Endurance Championship this year in an effort to relaunch their brand. They are teaming up with UK-based Vector Sport to launch their Tipo 6 LMH Competizione program in the WEC this season; competing on a race-by-race basis until running a full season in 2024.
Before Ferrari and Lamborghini, before Fiat and Maserati, Isotta Fraschini was an Italian automobile brand renowned for its luxurious products - powerful yet comfortable - which sold well in America despite their higher prices compared to other foreign cars at that time. It was known for setting standards in Italian engineering excellence.
Cesare Isotta and Vincenzo Fraschini founded the company in 1902 as a father-son team that imported French cars into Italy. They produced numerous automobiles, including the revolutionary Tipo B - an eight-cylinder car which became the first eight-cylinder automobile ever produced anywhere worldwide.
They also created several aero engines used in aircraft construction. While these proved successful for the company, it was eventually acquired by aircraft firm Caproni di Talideo in 1932.
Despite this setback, Isotta Fraschini still had some success in racing, winning Coppa Florio with a 100-horsepower race car. Additionally, their luxury cars remain highly sought-after today.
Nethercutt Vice President Cameron Richards proudly displays this 1928 Isotta Fraschini Type 8A Landaulet, one of the few coachbuilt sedans delivered to American customers. This rare example dates from 1928 and stands as one of few remaining examples in existence today.
This vehicle has been meticulously restored to pristine condition. The coachwork is in classic Italian style, while the interior offers an exquisite taste. It includes Twolite headlamps, triple bar front bumper with Willocq & Bottin indicators, leather spring gaiters and highly polished aluminium wheel discs.
The radiator is shielded by a contoured stoneguard and the dashboard equipment is stunning, including a Jaeger speedometer/clock, Fournier thermometer and Le Nivex fuel guage. Furthermore, there's an illuminated Lalique Eagle's Head mascot as well as Isotta-Fraschini radiator emblem for added visual impact.
The Tipo 6 LMH Competizione is the newest version of the iconic Isotta Fraschini and will be raced by Vector Sport in this year's FIA WEC with drivers Ryan Cullen, Gabriel Aubry and Matthias Kaiser. This summer it is expected to make its debut at 6 Hours of Monza.
Isotta Fraschini has unveiled their Tipo 6 Competizione hypercar, which they hope to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year. After testing on a 4WD drive dyno, the car is now under the care of UK-based team Vector Sport.
At the launch, former World Rally Championship driver Alessandro Fassini announced an investment of EUR100 million (PS88 million), as well as plans to construct 50 Tipo 6s over five years. Additionally, a two-seater supersportscar will be unveiled in 2026.
The initial version of the Tipo 6 to be created is called LMH Competizione and features a V6 turbo engine sourced from German specialists HWA. This motor is said to generate 700 horses and 1030 kg of torque, enabling it to reach speeds of up to 340 km/h.
It will feature a hybrid system, using an electric motor to power the front axle. Furthermore, its low centre of gravity helps it handle faster on track surfaces.
Furthermore, the car boasts excellent aerodynamics. It features a large rear wing that can be adjusted to create extra downforce, helping it grip the track and reach high speeds.
Giuseppe Glickenhaus, Isotta Fraschini's head of engineering, claims that their car has a coefficient of drag similar to a small truck. This allows it to be driven at higher speeds with little issue and will even be able to compete against Formula Uno cars.
Glickenhaus reports that testing the Tipo 6's aerodynamics in a wind tunnel revealed some flaws. They discovered an air bubble inside the radiator which was impeding airflow to the engine; this problem was rectified with adding a tuning vane, making the car much more aerodynamic.
The Tipo 6 will come in three variants. The LMH, a race-only version that will compete in the WEC this year; Pista, an affordable track day car that can be used at circuits worldwide; and Strada for road users who wish to use their car on public roads.
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