One of the most reminisced concept cars from the 1990s, the ItalDesign Nazca project was created by the famed ItalDesign and Giugiaro. Sadly, this very potent project never made it to production. All can be traced to 1991, when the project began to take shape.
Back then, there were speculations that the Nazca may enter production as a BMW vehicle and will come after the success of the BMW M1. Once realized into production, the Nazca car would have been the fulfillment of the dream of many enthusiasts. However, all that we can do now is to muse over what could have been.
A total of three BMW Nazca prototypes were made, one of which is a convertible spider version. Giorgetto Giugiaro himself designed the Nazca M12, which generated around 300 hp of max motive power from its BMW 750's and 850's 5.0-liter V12 engine. Entering the BMW Nazca is done through gullwing windows combined with conventional doors. Powering the Nazca is a V12 engine from BMW.
The BMW Nazca was then presented to the global public in 1991 at the Tokyo Motor Show. Giugiaro introduced the Nazca C2 in early 1992 as he had decided to revise the first design. An identical engine was employed in the C2; however, Alpina had modified this engine to push it to deliver an additional 50 hp of output. It was in 1993 that the third and last version of the Nazca made its public debut.
Dubbed as the Nazca C2 Spyder, it was fitted with the most powerful engine of BMW at that time. As much as 380 hp of output was produced by the 5.7-liter V12 mill, which can also be found under the hood of the BMW 850 csi, the top-level model of the premium brand’s flagship 8 series.
It only took 3.7 seconds for the Nazca C2 Spyder to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h. It was also capable of reaching a top speed of 305 km/h. When this engine was used in the BMW 850 csi, the acceleration time from nil to 100 km/h was 5.9 seconds. The 850 csi had an electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h.
The gap was the result of the drop in weight (1,140 kg compared to 1,865 kg). There was also a difference in the coefficient of drag although the 8 series had 0.29 Cd, which is already incredible at the time.
Only three prototypes were ever built – one for every version. Italdesign has meticulously maintained these vehicles and in fact, they are still being driven today.