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Ermini Seiottosei 686 Debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/5/2014 Frank Markus
Ermini Seiottosei At Geneva 2014

Ermini isn’t exactly a household name on our shores, but back in the 1930s Pasquale Ermini made a name for himself as a racer, then mechanic and engine tuner with a penchant for developing his own DOHC cylinder heads. In the ‘40s he started making his own Ermini-Fiats and Ermini-Alfas by modifying chassis and upgrading engines with his heads.


By the 1950s the Florence-based Ermini works was making its own engines (and eventually entire cars) and having great success in races like the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia. His Scaglietti-built aluminum-bodied Ermini 357 was used as the model for Californian Bill Devin’s first fiberglass “kit cars.” Ermini died in 1958, but his name has recently been revived in Florence and applied to a fetching car (developed in conjunction with former F1 and prototype racing team Osella Engineering s.r.l.) that the late “Pasquino” would undoubtedly approve of.

© Provided by MotorTrend Power for the Ermini Seiottosei 686 comes from a mid-mounted 2.0-liter Renault F4RT-RS inline-four-cylinder engine producing 316 hp and is routed through a Sadev six-speed sequential-shift transaxle. The hand-hammered aluminum “barchetta” body with carbon-fiber aerodynamic surfaces, rides on an electro-welded steel chassis with a carbon fiber crash box that weighs just 88 pounds. The suspension system consists of pushrod-actuated control-arms all around. Brembo has custom made brakes for Ermini, and Toyo R888 tires are fitted, sized 215/45R17 in front, 245/40R17 in back.

Measuring 162.2 inches long by 72.8 inches wide, it’s 10.0 inches shorter and 1.9 inch wider than a Porsche Boxster. The car reportedly weighs just 1500 pounds (that’s 686 kg, hence the name, which is pronounced "say-oto-say"), which works out to 4.7 lb/hp. The 62-mph dash is said to take just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed limited to 168 mph.

Only nine examples will be built, and the as-yet unannounced price will be dear, but the detailing is exquisite. The badges are silver with hand enameling, and the E logo in the grille is cast to be an exact replica of the one on the 1955 Ermini. You'll find few street-legal cars of this weight with this performance and this level of detail refinement. 1955 Ermini 357© Provided by MotorTrend 1955 Ermini 357

Ermini Seiottosei At Geneva 2014 With Classic Ermini© Provided by MotorTrend Ermini Seiottosei At Geneva 2014 With Classic Ermini

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