It's been fifty years since Italian automaker Ermini shuttered its doors, but it looks as if that hiatus has come to an end. The Florence-based sportscar manufacturer plans to launch a new creation, possibly called Seiottosei or 686, by the end of next year. The rear-engine, rear-wheel drive sportster will feature a space frame construction wherein the engine and the sequential transmission serve as structural members.
The company isn't saying what sort of powerplant the car will use, though the questionably translated press release seems to indicate Ermini will eschew large displacement options for something lighter and more sprightly. Even so, the company plans to give its creation a power-to-weight ratio on par with most supercars. Check the full press run after the jump for more information..
The carbon fiber body panels for the "Barchetta Sport" model were penned by Giulio Cappellini, a designer from outside of the automotive sphere, and Ermini promises the finished product will be easy to maintain, offer low emissions and responsible fuel consumption.
ERMINI: the Italian sports legend is reborn.
Fifty years after the closure of the historic Florentine company, the new Ermini brand has
decided to begin manufacturing a line of highly sporty automobiles. And it is only thanks
to a brand such as Ermini that we will finally be able to witness the rebirth of a sports car
with the features that made "barchetta" cars famous across the world and which in Italy are
synonymous with legendary street races such as the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio.
The re-launch car will be developed by a partnership between the Florence company and
Osella, the company supplying the chassis.
The automobile will be available as of the end of 2013 and will remain highly consistent
with the constructing philosophy that has always been associated with Ermini, which
became famous for prioritising the dynamic drive of light and nippy cars over the inertial
mass of automobiles with large engines. It will be a car where everything takes place at
the back (rear-wheel drive and rear engine) and whose refined technical solutions and
consummate Italian-style body design will be quite unique, a landmark model that will
reopen, after decades, the market niche of the "Barchette Sport" which emerged in Italy also
thanks to companies like Ermini. Close attention will be paid to technical details such as the
electric welded space frame (which together with the engine and the gearbox forms a single
structure) and the refined suspension, as well as the use of the best available mechanical
components (such as the sequential gearbox, the brakes, or the shock absorbers), all of
which of a strictly race-car origin.
The wish to create a unique automobile also influenced the choice of the designer that will
define the features and smooth curves of this gem: Giulio Cappellini has been chosen to
manage the Design Team Ermini. A master of design who, not hailing from the specific
automotive sector and therefore not being influenced by it, will be able to design a car using
the straightforward concept of "beauty" as a springboard.
The use of carbon for the body, together with sophisticated technical and construction
solutions, will make it possible to develop a car with an exceptional weight-power ratio,
able to guarantee performances on a par with the most heralded of supercars, with the
added advantage of easy and economical maintenance, as well as low emissions and greatly
reduced levels of consumption considering its sporty features.
A car that therefore promises to be unique both for its technical solutions and its elegant
design: a work of art (in terms of both engineering and design) that fully respects the
tradition and the values that have made Italian manufacturing famous across the world.
"With this car, lovers of those uncompromising vintage sports cars with their distinctive
dynamism, long since replaced by modern supercars, will finally be able to enjoy themselves...": these were the words of Chairman of Ermini Automobili Italia, Eugenio