A Maserati-powered hot rod, the Eight was designed and built in just eight weeks. Hence the name. Quite a feat, especially when you consider the quality of the workmanship. Presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and then exhibited in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Eight won over the public

A modern hot rod, the Eight is powered by a Maserati V8 (photo by Alok Paleri for Speedhunters).

Hot rod Maserati

This hot-rod reinterpretation is powered by a 360 hp Maserati V8 derived from a 3200GT, an engine proudly displayed in the three notches of the hood. The side exhaust pipes, the absence of headlights, bumpers and roof, the exposed suspension wishbones, the topchop leaving only a murderer's row of windscreens, the huge tires unprotected by the bodywork: all these contribute to the bestiality of the machine. The magnificent rear end is surprisingly sober, with no glass, leather straps and an old-fashioned fuel filler cap. The bodywork is made of fiberglass and polyester, as usual for Sbarro. The rear-view mirrors are made of flax fiber.

The Eight at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (photo Philippe Calvet)

On-board technology

Modernity is expressed inside, with state-of-the-art on-board equipment: for the first time in a car, a tablet replaces the dashboard. On-board audio equipment is supplied by Parrot (Android-based Asteroid Smart) with integrated GPS. Another tablet faces the passenger, with Internet connection and access to numerous services (Deezer, Liveradio and its 15,000 radio stations from all over the world...). Finally, there's a wireless speaker (SuperTooth Disco 2) and a wireless induction charging system for smartphones. In short, a geek's dream! The upholstery is by Composite 21, as on the Intencity.

Blind rear dominated by the fuel tank. The wheels are completely outside the body (photo Philippe Calvet)

Remarkable work

To create such a machine in just eight weeks is a feat worthy of note. Half the students built the chassis, the other half the body (as with the Intencity, but the teams rotated so that each student was involved in all areas of construction). The Espera Sbarro Eight is undoubtedly one of Espera's most successful prototypes. Well done.

In brief
1- Modern hot rog
2- Maserati engine
3- On-board technology