Lukas Czinger (left) is co-founder of Czinger Vehicles: automotive manufacturer founded with father Kevin Czinger (right) based in Los Angeles. © Czinger Vehicles for Smalltalk
“Czinger exists to continuously break the boundaries of design and performance.”
How did your passion for cars begin?
(Lukas Czinger, co-founder of Czinger Vehicles) It began for me at a very young age. I still remember being gifted my first Porsche when I was just a few years old – a 1:32 scale, windup, yellow 911. As I grew up, my love for car design, the thrill of driving, and building up my own cars grew. My first car was a Mitsubishi Evo 8, which I had extensively modified before I even had my driver’s license.
What was your childhood dream car?
(LC) Porsche GT3 RS (997)
What were you doing before starting Czinger?
(LC) My education was in engineering, having studied Electrical Engineering at Yale. I did a short stint in biotech M&A investment banking before joining Divergent/Czinger about six years ago when we were a very small Series A startup.
And what made you to build your own hypercar?
(LC) The creation of Czinger Vehicles and the 21C was a strong combination of passion and mission driven purpose. Our vision was to radically transform the way in which we design, manufacture, and assemble vehicles today to solve the critical environmental and economic pain points faced by the automotive industry. In order to solve these pain points, we had to create a digital production system. A system that could design and manufacture nearly any structure without changing the underlying factory infrastructure. A perfectly programmable manufacturing base. 600 patents later, we created and industrialised that system. That system is an end-to-end platform that fully integrates generative design, additive manufacturing, and automated fixture-less assembly. Respectfully, it is the first valid instance of digital production.