ItalDesign BMW Nazca C2 Concept

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 6, 2015

One of the most reminisced concept cars from the 1990s, the ItalDesign Nazca project was created by ItalDesign and Giugiaro. Sadly, this project never made it to production. It was in 1991 that this project began.

There were speculations that the Nazca may enter production as a BMW vehicle and will come after the success of the BMW M1. It would have been the fulfilment of many enthusiasts’ dream but all that we can do now is to muse over what could have been.

Entering the BMW Nazca is done through gullwing windows combined with conventional doors. Powering the Nazca is a V12 engine from BMW.

A total of 3 BMW Nazca prototypes were made, one of which is a convertible spider version. Giorgetto Giugiaro himself designed the Nazca M12, which generated 300hp from its BMW 750's & 850's 5.0-liter V12.

This was presented in 1991. Giugiaro introduced the Nazca in early 1992 as he had decided to revise the first design. An identical engine was used in the C2; however, Alpina had modified this engine to push it to produce an additional 50hp. It was in 1993 that the third and last version made its debut.

Dubbed as the Nazca C2 Spyder, it was fitted with the most powerful engine of BMW at that time. As much as 380hp was produced by the 5.7Ltr V12, which powered the 850 csi, the top-level model of BMW's flagship 8 series.

It only took 3.7 seconds for the car to accelerate to 100 km/h and it was capable of reaching a top speed of 305 Km/h. When this engine was used in the 850 csi, it took the car 5.9 seconds to go from zero to 100 Km/h and it had an electrically limited maximum speed of 250 Km/h.

The gap was the result of the drop in weight (1,140 compared to 1,865). There was also a difference in the coefficient of drag although the 8 series had 0.29 (which is incredible at the time).

Only prototypes were ever built – one for every version. Italdesign has meticulously maintained these vehicles and in fact, they are still being driven today.

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