B-Engineering Edonis

edonis front and side edonis back

The Edonis is the latest supercar to emerge from Italy. Designed and built by B.Engineering in Modena, it draws heavily on the now-defunct Bugatti EB110 sportscar and is the brainchild of a team of mainly ex-Bugatti engineers. 

Build to compete head to head with the Lamborghini Murcielargo, Ferrari 575M, and another tiny Modena specialist manufacturer, Pagani, with their Mercedes-powered Zonda C12, the Edonis, the name being the Greek word for "pleasure", will see a total production run of 21 cars, one for each century. Each car will be individually named after a famous inventor or artist from each of the 21 centuries.

The project has seen imput from designers who have worked for Lamborghini, Bugatti, Maserati, Lotus, Ferrari, Cagiva, Laverda, Aerospatiale and Michelin, as well as the field of GT racing.

B. Engineering, set up to for this unique project, consists of 22 long serving engineers, led by Chairman Jean-Marc Borel ( who provides the 'B' in B.Engineeering ) and Managing Director Frederico Trombi who has previously been employed by both Ferrari and Bugatti. Project leader, Nicola Materazzi, has run programmes for Bugatti and Laverda, and, while undertaking a stint at Ferrari headed the Testarossa, GTO and Evoluzione, and F40 developments as well as running the F1 R&D team. Further back in his career he worked on the legendary Lancia Stratos. B.Engineering is housed in a unit which is part of the mothballed Bugatti plant that for a short time turned out the EB110 sportscar.

The 3.7-litre V12 twin turbo engine is an increased capacity EB110 engine, but running two turbos instead of four, and produces 680 bhp, giving a claimed top speed of over 360 km/h and a breathtaking 0-100 km/h time of under 4 seconds. The all carbon fibre chassis, again drawn from the EB110, but individual, not reused surplus Bugatti shells as has been rumoured, features double wishbone suspension all round, ABS, intergrated roll bar system and a locking differential. A large rear diffuser keeps the car on the ground while inside the Edonis has a full airbag protection system.

The shape was drawn by Materazzi along with ex-Bertone designer, Marc Deschamps. They were looking for an individual 'supercar' styling signature, aggressive and purposeful, while keeping away from the 'GT-racer;' style that is common nowadays. Many hours were spent in the Dallara windtunnel working on maximising downforce. 

The Edonis sits on the ground courtesy of Michelin Pax-system development tyres, 245 - 650 ZR 480 on the front and 335 - 670 ZR 500 on the rear. The equates to marginally over 18in wheels at the front and a whopping 20in at the rear.

The car has been built with the assistance of a series of technical partners, Aerospatiale Matra Group have designed the all-carbon fibre chassis and testing has been carried out in association with Michelin who have specially tweaked their Pax-System tyres for the car. Local specialist companies around Modena have manufactured the engine, gearbox and tranismission. The carbonfibre chassis is covered in hand beaten aluminium, Modena being one of the few locations where this dying craft is still practiced, while final assembly is being carried out at B.Engineering's workshops.

engine 60 Degree V12
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Twin-Turbcharged
valvetrain 5 Valves per Cyl
displacement 3760 cc / 229.4 cu in
power 507.1 kw / 680.0 bhp @ 8000 rpm
hp per litre 180.85 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 523.08 bhp per tonne
torque 735 nm / 542.1 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm
drive wheels Mid Engine / RWD
body / frame Carbon Fibre & Aluminum Chassis
front brakes Inner Vented Diss w/Brembro Calipers, ABS
f brake size 355 mm / 14.0 in
rear brakes Inner Vented Diss w/Brembro Calipers, ABS
r brake size 335 mm / 13.2 in
front tire size PAX 245/650ZR480
rear tire size PAX 335/70ZR500
f suspension Double Wishbones
r suspension Double Wishbones
weight 1300 kg / 2866 lbs
wheelbase 2565 mm / 101.0 in
front track 1556 mm / 61.3 in
rear track 1612 mm / 63.5 in
length 4350 mm / 171.3 in
width 1998 mm / 78.7 in
height 1120 mm / 44.1 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
top speed 365 kph / 226.8 mph
0 - 60 mph est 3.9 seconds
0 - 100 mph 8.2 seconds