The Czinger 21C

The American 3D-printed Hypercar

Pete Weishaupt
2 min readJun 5, 2024

Imagine you’re strapped into a spaceship on wheels. “Lord Vader, your hypercar has arrived.” You won’t have to imagine it if you’ve got a spare $2 million lying around. Your spaceship is the American Czinger 21C hypercar. It’s the future — where speed, power, and advanced technology converge.

In the world of hypercars, numbers matter. The 21C comes with a monstrous 1,350 hp and launches the car from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 1.8 seconds. Top speed? 253 mph, though good luck finding a stretch of road long enough to get there. Nevermind the time you’ll spend in jail.

Yet the 21C is more than raw power. It’s about how that power gets put down. The 21C has a hybrid powertrain that marries a V8 with a couple of electric motors, blending brute force with cutting-edge technology.

Now let’s talk about the manufacturing process. The 21C is the first ever human/AI designed and 3D-printed hypercar. Yes, the Czinger team uses powder-bed fusion with selective laser melting to create parts layer by layer. This isn’t just for show. It means the 21C’s parts are lighter and stronger compared to those made using traditional manufacturing methods.

While my subtitle might be a bit bold, they don’t just press a button and pop out a hypercar– the largest 3D-printed part is the transmission housing, a big, hunking piece of metal that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with current 3D-printing technology. This piece alone makes you want to crack open a PBR with the engineers who made it and toast their technical abilities. In addition, the 3D printing process allows for recycling and reuse of materials, reducing waste and environmental impact. And the parts themselves are designed to be as efficient as possible, cutting down on weight and, by extension, the energy needed to move this beast.

The 21C is the brainchild of Kevin and Lukas Czinger, a father-son duo who seem to have taken every rule of car manufacturing, laughed in its face, and then built something entirely new. They created the Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS), which is revolutionizing how cars are made. This system can switch from making car parts to drone components in the blink of an eye, all with the same efficiency and precision.

In the end, the Czinger 21C is more than a hypercar; it’s a hyper-innovative marvel. This vehicle that takes everything you thought you knew about cars and chucks it out the window at 253 mph. It’s a glimpse into the future of automotive engineering, wrapped up in a package that is beautiful to behold. Which reminds me, I’ve got a friend who does 3D printing, maybe I should send him a text?

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