We at Zacspeed congratulate our friends at Silver-York for enduring for 120 years not just as a company, but as an icon of luxury - truly a purveyor of perfection. It makes sense, then, that one of the company’s most acclaimed models yet used the Greek word representing such an idea - perfection. How, then, does one top that? To us, the answer is not as simple as another front-engine super GT. The answer lies beyond that in the realm of the hypers… A realm we are as comfortable in as a guest in in Teleiótita’s presence.
Thus, we decided to resurrect the Rouge-Teleiótita in a body with a midship engine, its chassis plucked from the Zenith production line. Similarly, the venerable RA series of V12s was chosen, here enlarged to 7.7L - the largest in recent Zacspeed history - and twin-turbocharged to provide 1622 graciously-delivered horsepower, with 1297 lb-ft of torque to boot. A modified AWD drivetrain from the same car also found its way in - this time, with a seven-speed DCT. Cutting-edge technology was crammed into this svelte package, including an active rear wing, retracting mirrors (closed up, it looks like the traditional fender grille), cooling flaps, a heads-up display, over-the-air updates, and gesture controls. Also included is a mode selector, which allows the user to switch between weather, economy, touring, sport, track, and top speed modes.
Tallying these, including a hand-made interior and bleeding-edge safety, the car weighs in at 3979 lbs. Despite this, it will launch to 62 MPH from zero in 2.1 seconds, slap down an 8.59 in the quarter-mile, consume a gallon of premium every 19.8 miles, and fly through the Nordschleife in under 6:45. Approaching the top speed is a more complicated affair than just powering through, with the devoted driving mode lowering the wing as much as possible and progressively shifting toward full rear-power distribution as speed increases. This car will comfortably cruise at 200 MPH, but all in, it will top out at 306 MPH.
It would be safe to conclude that off the spec sheet, this hyper GT rekindles the exclusive luxurious performance flame ignited in the Telly - but can it passionately burn like its spicy predecessor when it comes to design? Our goal was to look back over a century, at the present, and into the future by a century, and fuse all of them. The first picture in this post can be viewed as a modern rendition of Silver-York’s lauded Teleiótita poster, and the second is a shot featuring a futuristic fusing of the Silver-York eagle and the Zacspeed Z.
As for the car itself, we knew the grille would be a prominent show piece, but instead of making it obnoxiously large, we slimmed its profile and emphasized it with venting, exuding the same aura as the cigar-style Formula One cars of yore. On top of the vents are located lights inspired by Titleguy’s Silver-York Design Vision. Pulled from the 1935 car is a center line starting at the front, flowing through a chrome strip, running into a windshield wiper, hovering over the glass cockpit, and returning to a chrome strip over the intake. The camera mirror housing is inspired by the fender vent found on modern Silver-Yorks, sitting just ahead of door handles that open the suicide doors in a butterfly-style fashoin. Also like the car it succeeds is a two-tone paint job on the side, where splashes of Perfection Crimson replace Spectral Light; these two colors feature alongside chrome in the wheels, reminiscent of robot eyes.
Also present in chrome is three chrome streaks in the side indent; these are meant to emulate those chrome streaks found on Perfection’s side vents. In the same shade of crimson is a window line that merges back with curving rear window lines (under one of which hides a fuel cap) in the primary color into a rear vent. The rear window curves are parted by the intake (with the same venting as found on the Zacspeed R1 and Zenith) to mimic the rear visuals to the 1935 car. In between both of the rear intakes is badging proudly stating the engine beneath is a big behemoth. On to the rear, and one will find the rear monolight as an evolution of that currently employed in the Silver-York lineup. Four chrome cannons sit between a diffuser that climbs to the top of the rear fascia, and in chrome is proudly displayed the name of the company receiving this special gift.
Though the recipient is not receiving this just because they are turning as old as a scant few humans have. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the partnership between Silver-York and Zacspeed - one that turned out such cars as the Margrave Revenant. For six decades, where we provided performance work, they provided luxurious craftsmanship, and they were vital in accruing the funds needed to keep this company alive. Without Silver-York, Zacspeed may not be standing on the same two legs it is now… Assuming it would still stand.
Our goal, as a celebration and token of gratitude, was to recapture the Teleiótita’s emphatic essence and immortalize it again in a car that can showcase the luxury company’s efforts - no, our combined efforts - as the dawn to the next 120 years falls upon us. The future is here, it is fast, and it is gorgeous - it is, dare we say it, perfect.
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