Italdesign, headed by famous car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, made a car for BMW that became known as the Nazca C2 in the early 1990s. It was an innovative V12-powered coupe that could rocket around a race track at blistering speeds. Many people speculated that it would be in the 90s what the BMW M1 had been in the late 70s and early 80s. Unfortunately, the Nazca C2 by Italdesign never made it to production.
The Nazca C2 was an evolution of a previous prototype also crafted by Italdesign known as the M12. The M12 was a mid-engine car that was inspired by F1 cars. It featured a 5.0-liter V12 engine, gull-wing functioning windows, regular swinging doors, a carbon fiber frame and body, and a wraparound windscreen that enabled 360-degree visibility. The Nazca C2 took what the M12 had and simply improved it by reducing weight, increasing power, widening the stance, and improving aerodynamics with a front spoiler and rear spoilers.
The car featured a rear-mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. In the engine bay was a BMW 5.0-liter V12 that produced 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The engine was mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Nazca C2 had a 0-60 time ranging from 3.7 seconds to 4.1 seconds, depending on the source. Its top speed is somewhere from 193 mph to over 200 mph, depending on the source. It was produced in 1992 and was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show, according to Italdesign.
In 1993, Italdesign took the Nazca C2 design and made a spider version. This car had a T-top style roof that allowed for an open-air motoring experience. The Nazca C2 Spider also featured a more powerful engine than the coupe version of the car. It was a 5.7-liter V12 pulled from the BMW 850
The Nazca C2 was and still is one of the most interesting concept cars to ever wear a BMW badge. The automaker has had some fantastic concept cars since then, but the Nazca C2 still sticks out in our minds as the one that we wish had made it to production.