BMW i8 Transforms Into Taraschi’s Supercar and Rises in Price Seven Times

1-Off has revived the brand that existed from 1947 to 1961.

The Italian company 1-Off has revived Taraschi, which existed from 1947 to 1961. Now, this brand will produce the hybrid Bernardo, which is actually a thoroughly redesigned BMW i8. Its price is seven times higher than that of the original car.

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The car name Bernardo is not chosen by chance. This was the name of the company’s founder Meccanica Taraschi. The manufcaturer produced sports cars and racing cars in the 1950s and 1960s. The new project was sponsored by his son Tazio in callobaration with Squadra Corse Taraschi, which helps collectors and owners of original Taraschi cars find spare parts and repair them.

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The exterior of the supercar is inspired by the historic Giaur 750 Sport Champion, Berardo Taraschi's most successful racing car. It is really very difficult to recognize the BMW i8 in it. The completely original body is made by hand from aluminum, and only the wing doors are borrowed from BMW. Upholstered in aged leather and wood, the interior does not seem to have undergone significant changes.

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The powertrain is still the same. This is a 1.5-liter turbo petrol V3 supplemented by a front electric motor and an 11.8-kWh battery. However, if the i8 produces 374 hp, then the Taraschi Bernardo has a power output increased to 420 hp. At a customer's request, the power can be even higher: 470 hp or 520 hp.

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The BMW i8 accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, and the Taraschi — in 3.9 seconds. Their top speed is also different: 250 km/h against 278 km/h.

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The premiere of the hybrid supercar was held at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin. Orders, apparently, are already being accepted. The price of each car is €800,000, which is seven times more than that of the BMW i8. It, however, has already been removed from production — and its successor is also not expected.

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