Picchio Racing Cars

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Picchio Racing Cars
Type Auto racing design and production
Founded 1989[1]
Founders Giotto Bizzarrini[2]
Headquarters Ancarano, Teramo, Italy[3]
Key people Francesco Di Pietrantonio (president)
Armando Trentini (North American distributor)[4]
Total assets 1,434,510.96[3]
Website picchio.com/en

Picchio Racing Cars is a small Italian racing and road automobile manufacturer, based in the town of Ancarano, Teramo.

Founded in 1989 by Giotto Bizzarrini,[2] Picchio built their first car, the SR2, in 1998.[5] Also known as the A001 or the MB1, the SR2 used a 3-litre BMW straight-6 engine, and made its debut at the Misano round of the International Sports Racing Series in July 1998.[6] In 2002, the firm gave Armando Trentini the exclusivity to introduced the D-USA, which with the collaboration of GMW racing, was used in the SRPII category of the Rolex Sports Car Series;[6] Darren Law took second in the SRPII championship that year whilst driving a D-USA.[7] the team also had one victory at the six hours of Mont Trembland Canada,(drivers Daren Law, Andy Lally, Armando Trentini) In 2003, Trentini and GMW Racing introduced the DP2, which was built for the new Daytona Prototype class of the Grand-Am.[8][9] On its debut, the DP2 finished 24th in the 24 Hours of Daytona.[10] Darren Law was the most successful DP2 driver, and he took sixth in the Daytona Prototype championship;[11] whilst Steve Marshall won the SRPII championship in a D-USA,[12] and helped give Picchio the SRPII Constructor's championship.[13] A new Daytona Prototype entered development in 2003,[14] but the car, known as the DP3,[15][16] never actually raced, although Andrea Montermini did test a version of the car.[17] The DP3 would later morph into an Alfa Romeo 8C-based Daytona Prototype,[18] but this too would not materialize.

Picchio DP2

In 2004, Picchio introduced a new series of prototypes for hillclimbing; the Light Series.[19] In 2010, Picchio introduced their second hillclimb series, the P4/E2, which used a 1750 cc turbocharged engine.[20] Christian Merliin was selected as the official P4/E2 driver, and he took six wins from seven races.[20] The same year, they introduced the Picchio DANY road car, which was the firm's first entry into the electric city car market, and began life as the Belumbury project in 2008.[21] In 2011, Nicola Guida designed a carbon-fibre bicycle for Picchio.[22]

Picchio P4 at Nevegal

Model history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Racing cars engineering and design | Picchio Racing Road Cars". Picchio Racing Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Picchio develops faster race cars with LMS Virtual.Lab Motion". LMS International. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Now | Picchio Racing Road Cars". Picchio Racing Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Armando Trentini". Daily Sports Car. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Italian Race cars performance series | Picchio Racing Road Cars". Picchio Racing Cars. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Picchio - Complete Archive". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Grand-Am 2002 SRPII - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Picchio Announces Three-Year Program for Daytona Prototypes". The Auto Channel. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  9. ^ "Daytona Prototype DP2". Picchio Racing Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Picchio - Complete Archive (page 2)". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Grand-Am 2003 DP - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  12. ^ "Grand-Am 2003 SRPII - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  13. ^ "Grand-Am 2003 SRPII Constructor's - final positions and tables". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  14. ^ "Major revamp for Picchio Daytona Prototype". Autosport.com. 2003-08-04. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  15. ^ "Picchio DP3 nears completion | News". Motorsport.com. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  16. ^ re (2004-12-10). "Picchio gearing up for Grand-Am return". italiaspeed.com. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  17. ^ "Andrea Montermini on the Picchio DP3". Grand-am Road Racing. 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  18. ^ "Picchio DP3: un'Alfa per la Grand-Am". Omniauto.it. 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  19. ^ "Race cars for hill climb competition | Picchio Racing Road Cars". Picchio Racing Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  20. ^ a b "P4 race car for hill climb competition | Picchio Racing Road Cars". Picchio Racing Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  21. ^ "Belumbury | Picchio Racing Road Cars". Picchio Racing Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  22. ^ Thomas, James (2011-01-21). "Picchio carbon bicycle by Nicola Guida". Bicycle Design. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 

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