There’s a new hypercar on the way – or rather, there will be. The dynamic debut won’t be until 2025, but the design and engine have already been made official. We’re talking about the 777 Hypercar, a track-only vehicle created by 777 Motors of the newly formed Andrea Levy (President of the Milano Monza Motor Show).
The 777 is a creature born in a partnership between several companies, each capable of creating one of the most exclusive (and extraordinary) cars in the world. So let’s get to know him better.
We chatted with Levy, who told us all the secrets of his new hypercar.
Designed specifically for the track, the 777 Hypercar is a collaboration of Italian automotive excellence, starting with Dallara, who is responsible for aerodynamics engineering and production.
Italian manufacturer Emilia joins forces with Gibson Technology for engines (more on that in a moment) and Sparco, the brand chosen to create the exclusive clothing line. The design of the car, however, was derived from Umberto Palermo Design pencils.
“I asked him to hide the terrible performance of the 777 Hypercar and I will say he did very well, smoothing out the lines we are used to seeing in cars running the 24 Hours of Le Mans. a street hypercar.”
All About Light
Built on a carbon monocoque chassis (the car weighs 1,984 pounds / 900 kilograms), the 777 Hypercar relies on advanced aerodynamics to help it generate a downforce of 4,629 lbs (2,100 kg) at 230 mph (370 kmh), with the hypercar able to withstand lateral acceleration. up to 3.5 and 4.0 Gs.
Lightness is the birth point of 777.
“I watch the races a lot and race my cars. What have I discovered over the years? Lightness is one of the keys to having fun, going fast, enjoying the car and turning a lot,” Levy said. “Lightweight actually allows for continuous performance… my goal is to build a car that weighs no more than 900 kg.”
So the Italian hypercar wasn’t born from the idea of power, but from weight. To be held back as much as possible.
“The power-to-weight ratio is important, but the weight has to be low. At this point, the hybrid doesn’t help. And as for engine choices, I always prefer the nearly infinite progression of [naturally] aspiration machine. Without having to streamline. For me, a true sports car should at least have a V8 engine.”
With that in mind, to power the 777 Hypercar there’s only a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 with 730 horsepower at 9,000 rpm. No super charging. No electrification of any kind. Everything is as it was before, great performance (with a top speed of 230 mph / 370 kmh), but above all, light. And also pay attention to sustainability. In fact, the eight cylinders use synthetic fuel, which allows for a 65 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
A continuous extreme car, which uses the track as a home and hunting ground. No number plates. And most importantly, there are no regulations limiting its performance.
“From the start, I told Dallara and Gibson engineers that we weren’t following any rules. It’s a difficult concept to grasp, sometimes not having scary boundaries. This car comes from a model that runs in endurance racing, with a FIA LMP2 homologated chassis .”
“I asked, ‘What is the maximum driving pleasure for car lovers?’ Not following the rules allowed us more freedom and more performance. The pole position in this year’s Monza 6 Hours was 1:35.358, 777 runs in 1:33.”
So, a pure, genuine race car – a car that doesn’t miss a thing. Not having to follow the rules of some championships, in fact, makes the 777 Hypercar a unique vehicle. In some ways, it is uncharted territory.
“Performance in motorsport hasn’t improved in recent years. Why? Because the first aim of motorsport is show. What happens in F1? Where one car is behind the other and can’t overtake, the regulations start to favor overtaking. And that’s because you have to have fun with it. My approach is completely different because I don’t race. And if I don’t race, everything in the market is not good, because it is designed to support those who follow.”
For Limited Few
The 777 hypercar is extreme in every aspect, even when static. In fact, only seven examples of the 777 Hypercar will be produced, and each owner will receive training to maximize the car’s performance. In addition, each customer will have the opportunity to practice behind the wheel of the Dallara simulator in Varano de Melegari, Italy and Indianapolis. And to continue training right from home, they will receive a professional simulator equipped with the same seats as the 777 – worth around $112,000 (€100,000).
This particular “home” simulator is built on the Dallara chassis and perfectly mimics the behavior of real cars. Note that the car’s kit also includes a race kit from Sparco and a helmet from Stilo which allows real-time communication between drivers, technicians and mechanics during track day.
Track the day at Monza, where seven hypercars will have their home in a special room inside the Autodromo, with seven events a year hosted for owners. Essentially, the 777 will remain on the track, where they will be groomed and pampered, ready to be released at a moment’s notice. But owners who want can also take it home.
Already Facing the Future
But there aren’t only seven hypercars planned for the future of 777 Motors. Simultaneously, the brand will build the 777 Hypercar Unit-000, an experimental version that will be a laboratory of sorts on wheels equipped with the latest autonomous driving, AI driver assistance and virtual training technologies.
The car will be built in collaboration with Polimove, Ascari, and the Indy Autonomous Challenge. In addition, a new international research center will be established to produce this experimental super sports car, which will welcome and utilize engineering groups and universities around the world in open source collaboration.
“A proprietary patent we will do on a lab car because different partners want to explore this issue. We are open to collaboration and we also want to create a project within a project, once the virtual training is done, and make it available to any supercar because we think this is terrain unexplored. Also because whatever we’re going to try – autonomous driving, AI, assist systems – we’re going to try it on a 230 mph (370 kmh) car, and any testing is going to be done on an extreme car.”
How to View Hypercar 777
The Italian hypercar can be found directly at the 777 Motors Lounge, a multimedia open space that can be visited by appointment and located at the Autodrome Monza, adjacent to the statue of Juan Manuel Fangio.