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Jimenez Novia

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Jimenez Novia W16
Production1995 (only 1 produced)
DesignerRamon Jimenez
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body style2-door coupe
LayoutLongitudinal, Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine4.1L W16
Transmission6 speed manual
Wheelbase2540 mm (100.0 in)
Length4,165.6 mm (164.0 in)
Width1,955.8 mm (77.0 in)
Height1,092.2 mm (43.0 in)
Curb weight890 kg (1962.5 lb)

The Jimenez Novia W16 is a French one off sports car built in 1995 by Ramon Jimenez, a French motorcycle racer from Vaucluse.[1] It reportedly cost £600,000 ($855,000) and took ten years to develop. It features an aerodynamic body with center locking wheels, scissor doors and carbon fiber parts which Jimenez developed himself.[1]


Jimenez built the Novia as a tribute to the Porsche 917 race car, starting work in 1985 with the help of a small team of engineers in his workshop in Avignon. France. Before building the car, Jimenez acquired the materials needed to fabricate his own carbon fiber composite panels from scratch. The Novia was finished in 1995 at the cost of US$855,000. Jimenez continued to test and develop it, planning additional performance upgrades. He hoped to enter the car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the then current GT1 rules, and put the car into serial production with an expected asking price of US$300,000. However, he wasn't able to as the French government mandated that a separate chassis be made for the purpose of crash testing. It is reported that Jimenez was also working on a possible off road version of the Novia for production at the time.[2]


The Novia is powered by a mid mounted 4.1L W16 engine that was made by combining four Yamaha FZR1000 1.0 liter 4 cylinder motorcycle engines. It has 4 rows of cylinders with 4 cylinders in each row and a total of 80 valves (5 valves per cylinder).[3] It also uses two crankshafts, unlike the W16 found in the Bugatti Veyron. Some sources argue however that the layout of the powerplant with four rows of cylinders arranged in two Vs wasn't a true W engine as it didn't fit the "broad arrow" layout of other W engines. The finished engine produces 417.6 kW (567 PS, 560 bhp) at 10,000 rpm and 432 nm (318.6 lb ft of torque), with power sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. During a speed run on a section of the A7 highway in France that had been closed by local officials, the Novia reached a verified top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph).[1][4] The car can reportedly accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.1 seconds and complete a 1000 meter sprint in 19 seconds.[5] Notably, the Novia was one of the first cars to be powered by a W16 engine, preceding the Veyron’s use of one by ten years.


The Novia uses an aluminium honeycomb monocoque chassis, with a custom carbon fiber body designed to pay tribute to the first iteration of the Porsche 917K race car. The interior is accessed via scissor doors and features cream-colored Connolly leather, twin bucket seats with racing harnesses, radio/cassette player, ashtray and air conditioning. It also features electronic traction control and adjustable hydraulic suspension.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ion Kayak (2013-04-12), 1995 Jimenez Novia W16 80V, archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2018-03-12
  2. ^ a b Smit, Dylan (2018-11-30). "Masterful Mutant - 1995 Jimenez Novia W16". DriveTribe. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  3. ^ "Jimenez (France)". ACI. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  4. ^ "1995 Jimenez Novia Concept | | SuperCars.net". Supercars.net. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  5. ^ "Deze supercar met W16 en 80 kleppen ken je nog niet". Autoblog.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-03-12.