Pegasus Automotive Group becomes exclusive distributor of Bizzarrini’s 5300 GT Corsa after revival

DUBAI, UAE – Pegasus Automotive Group, an international company representing iconic automotive brands and luxury vehicles, has been announced as the official distributor in the Middle East and worldwide for the reborn sports car – the legendary 5300 GT by Bizzarrini.

The first Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa Revival prototype, the authentic replica of Giotto Bizzarrini’s first car under his own name, has hit the road for final endurance tests before the first customer cars are completed.

The cars will be built at Bizzarrini’s dedicated UK facility using original blueprints, materials from original suppliers and input from experts involved in the creation of the original classic, while incorporating some key upgrades and modern safety regulations.

The original car’s fuel tanks were located deep in the sills as well as behind the driver, but now Bizzarrini engineers – using advanced 3D scanning – have created an intricately shaped tank that fills the available gap in the chassis with tolerances and an accuracy that the original designers are not available. With a fuel capacity of 95 liters to go 1 hour and 8 minutes at full speed and to keep the range within the requirements of a multi-lap racing series.

The paint has also been carefully checked to perfect the exact shade of red of the original car. To ensure the car looked the same as it did then, the Bizzarrini team tracked down an original fairing that had been protected from light since it was first painted, thus perfectly preserving the Bizzarrini Rosso Corsa. This shade was then color matched for the Revival to create Rosso Corsa Bizzarrini 222.

In radically adapting the Corsa for track driving, Giotto Bizzarrini fitted a bespoke independent rear suspension and moved the front-mounted engine as far back in the chassis as possible to obtain a ‘front-mid’ engine. This revolutionary approach to weight distribution proved to be a key advantage over many modern front-heavy cars. Testing the revival after replicating an original model, engineers found that each corner of the car supported a quarter of its total weight, proving that the original 5300 GT had perfect balance even without advanced scales and computers.

Simon Busby, Bizzarrini CMO, said: “We have an ambitious long-term vision for the Bizzarrini brand and the 5300GT Corsa Revival serves either as an introduction or as a reminder of Bizzarrini’s storied legacy. We were delighted with the car’s performance during endurance testing, delivering the same adrenaline-pumping driving experience as Giotto Bizzarrini’s original design. Now as we complete the process of building the cars for our customers around the world, we are refining the initial engineering and design proposals for our modern supercar. Using the very latest technologies and built with the ethos, passion and values ​​of our founding genius, this will truly be a Bizzarrini for a new generation.”

“The global luxury car market was valued at around US$410 billion in 2020 and today is forecast to grow to US$566 billion in 2026. In the MENA region, particularly in the United Arab Emirates, we are seeing an acceleration in demand for premium end models. At Pegasus Automotive Group we have established a strong presence in the region and expanded our ability to import limited edition vehicles from international markets to meet the increasing demand from investors, businessmen and sports car enthusiasts in the UAE. Limited edition vehicles like the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Corsa invariably appeal to customers who like to live in an exclusive world, where everything is beyond the norm and there is a constant flow of novelty,” commented Dr. Saeed Dana, President & CEO, Pegasus Automotive Group – Retail.

Each car in the 24-car Revival series is hand-built, with a lightweight one-piece composite body over a steel frame. Inside, the two seats are protected by a more comprehensive six-point roll cage and safety fuel cell that comply with historic FIA Annex K racing regulations. Test drives of the Revival revealed a car that feels subtly stiffer than original examples. Independent rear suspension to Giotto’s Corsa specification and all-around disc brakes are paired with a period-specific 5,300cc V8 with Weber 45 DCOE (Doppio Corpo Orizzontale E) carburetors developing over 400 horsepower. At just 1250 kg, the Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa has an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

One of Giotto Bizzarrini’s most prized talents was his ability to push the boundaries of contemporary engineering. The original 5300 GT made extensive use of the strongest lightweight material of its time, fiberglass. The 5300 GT Revival Corsa will be offered with a full carbon fiber body as standard for customers not required to comply with Historic Racing regulations.

The first customer deliveries of the 5300 GT Revival Corsa are expected to be handed over to global customers as early as June 2022.

For more information on the relaunch car, pricing, interest or booking please visit – www.bizzarrini.com

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About Pegasus Automotive Group

Pegasus Automotive Group is an international company representing well-known brands such as Aston Martin, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Koenigsegg, Sports Classics Heritage and Bizzarrini. With offices in London, Geneva, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, USA and Far East. It brings some of the world’s leading luxury automotive and retail companies closer to their customers while ensuring a holistic consumer experience. In addition, the Group manages Sports Classics, its global classic car business, which offers discerning classic car buyers throughout its geographic network the best classic car purchase, maintenance, restoration and advice services. Pegasus also manages its UAE-based Pegasus Prestige Service Center, which takes care of luxury vehicles.

About Bizzarrini

Bizzarrini is the Italian motorsport brand founded in 1964 by legendary engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, an iconic name in Italian automotive history. The brand was reborn in 2020 under new ownership to bring together the finest in design, craftsmanship and engineering for a new generation of collectors and enthusiasts. The company operates in London, Geneva, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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