We are going through a historical period of great ferment for the automotive world, new propulsion technologies have reached levels that were unthinkable until a few years ago, electronics are increasingly dominant and design has reached futuristic levels. It is therefore not easy to create a new car that is able to stand out for its unique characteristics, that is able to "leave its mark".
Combining the charm and tradition of the history of the Italian car with the most modern technology was the goal of 1-Off based on BMW i8, with the aim of creating a mix of absolute value which is the basis and spirit of this new project.
It's powered by a hybrid engine, with 1.5 thermal engine plus a electric engine that offers a max power from 420 CV, upgradable to 470 CV or 520 CV
Between the fifties and sixties in Italy, motoring experienced a great ferment, with many small artisan companies in which mechanical wisdom and aesthetic taste often used in art.
Among them a small manufacturer from Teramo emerged, Berardo Taraschi, who gave life to a series of sports and competition cars that still today know how to stand out for their style and assert themselves for their performance in historic races.
The Squadra Corse Taraschi, which still exists today to provide advice, spare parts and assistance to collectors who own the highly prized cars made by the forefather Berardo, now sees in Tazio, the son of the driver-builder, an heir seriously willing to see reborn, in key modern, the glorious brand.
This is how and why the Taraschi of the future came to life, named Berardo in honor of the founder of the brand. In an increasingly futuristic and electrified modern context, the new Berardo is also in line with the times with the choice of a plug-in hybrid propulsion that allows significant performance even with a small displacement thermal unit, following the spirit of the historic Taraschi that excelled. in the low-powered categories. The lines of the Berardo are the result of an accurate analysis of one of the most successful models of the Taraschi brand, the 1953 Giaur 750 Sport Champion.
The strongest link with the past was the constructive choice of the Berardo bodywork and it is undoubtedly the most representative element of the car. They wanted to recreate the precious context of the years that were by choosing a completely manual processing of aluminum for each piece of the bodywork. Every aesthetic detail of the Berardo was created "by hand" with an impressive amount of skilful and precious craftsmanship carried out in the atelier of Quality Cars in Padova, one of the most famous classic car restorers in the world.
Inside, too, the reference to the past is deliberately strong with inserts and details in wood that derive from another strong Italian tradition, that of luthier, which alternate with top quality leather goods that supply the most renowned high fashion brands made in Italy. Thanks to these choices, perhaps contrary to current standards, the rebirth of the Taraschi brand is set in a context of absolute exclusivity and originality.