It is called Hispano-Suiza, but many know it as “The Spanish Rolls-Royce”. But not only because of the cars, but also because it produced aircraft engines like the emblematic English luxury brand. It was the brand preferred by royalty in many European countries, but also by high society and many artists such as Pablo Picasso. It was founded in 1904 with Spanish capital and Swiss ingenuity. Damien Matu was its founder and Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt, who was its creative mind.
Gone to the kingdom where the sun never sets, the Spanish, One of the greatest and most important, but they were still at the time of wealth in the homeland. Hispanic Swiss They were luxury cars and were of absolutely unprecedented quality for the time.early 20th century.
In the 1920s, at the height of the brand, He made what is considered the best of all the cars he made. It was the Hispano Suiza H6B, a limousine with a 6-liter, 6-cylinder engine that made over 130 hp and could be used with or without a hood. It was able to accelerate to over 150 km/h. For 1920, it was daring enough, and it was not a racing car, but a luxury car.
The history of this Spanish company deserves a separate article because it was “removed from the middle” for earning too muchBut without continuing the production of cars, the brand always remained as a pending issue in the family. Finally, thanks to electric mobility and the artisan car matrix that allows this, its reappearance happened in 2019, when the brand’s current CEO, Miguel Sue Mateau, led the Hispano Suiza Carmen presentation at the Geneva Motor Show, A car paying tribute to history and its mother, carmen matuJoe just died a year ago, and he was the one who kept the brand alive over time.
The Hispano Suiza Carmen is a vehicle unlike any other. Sporty, luxurious, innovative, and above all, elegant. It was presented in this year Goodwood Festival of SpeedAs one of the mechanical ornaments of this traditional event in which more and more brands and audiences participate.
The car combines a high-stiffness carbon fiber monocoque, with an all-electric powertrain of synchronous motors 375 kW permanent magnets, one for each rear wheel. they add up to 750 kW or 1019 CV full force With torque vectoring. It is designed to be a high-performance car that does not lose the essence of Hispano Souza. It weighs 1,690 kg, reaches 100 km/h from a standstill in less than three seconds and can exceed 250 km/h. The speed, however, is controlled electronically at that value by the rules of the road.
The car is designed, engineering and produced entirely in Barcelona to retain that essence of the Spanish car. The amount of time spent on minute details is staggering. Every inch of a car has an engineering design that has value. Carmen’s style is provocative, With the clear intention of generating an emotional response at first sight. They have succeeded.
From the front view, Carmen tries to find a way to present herself as a drop of water that moves with strength and style. That’s what its designers have asked for and it has been shown from all angles. ahead, A large chrome-framed grille that attempts to represent its ancestors from the 1920s and 1930s This is a major hallmark of the automobile. in the center, in words the cursive letter “Hispano Suja” and the brand new logo, An update on their original logo, they are displayed so large that no one can miss them. to the sides, The mod with two circular LED lights gives it a feline look that comes deep into the body, They give character to the elegance that is present throughout the design tradition.
The side is striking as a whole, with two front fenders that look like two bubbles on the wheels, Which in turn are completely covered with flat and clean cups. Doors that lift to allow entry as well as direct air from the two rear intakes of the front wheels towards a completely disruptive finish, with The rear wheels are not visible, they are almost 90% covered, Almost no overhang just before falling to a low, sharp tail.
The rear view is a continuation of that. The shape of the car appears to have actually been carved by water instead of wind in the wind tunnel. The rear window is triangular at the bottom, with three air outlets located in the lower areas, protruding from the profile to accentuate the shape of the rear fenders. In truth, although in a typical scene the car looks strange and not so good, looking at every detail and how the parts are connected to each other generates admiration in the observer.
Technically, such a bold shape is not easy to solve, because in any design considerations that apply to a car, some shapes leave engineering needs without the resources that must be solved. One of the main challenges for the development team was to achieve low drag, but ensure the necessary airflow through the radiators to keep the drivetrain and battery components cool.
tested and developed Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and virtual wind tunnel simulation software and achieved a A drag coefficient of 0.325cx, which is lower than the Porsche 918 Spyder (0.34cx), Koenigsegg Agera R (0.37cx) and Ferrari F12 (0.33cx).
And then you get into the exquisite luxury interior of Hispano Souza Carmen, which combines modern techniques with classic sophistication. In the cabin there is a presentation of finest leather and alcantara applicable to seats made of carbon fibre Four-way power adjustable and heated, as well as door panels and headliner. All upholstery is internally trimmed and hand-sewn.
The focus has been on the end user experience such that each Carmen will feature custom scented interiors and will be developed with the buyer to ensure that the car represents them in every way. While the styling is clearly retrospective, the technologies used provide the best possible experience for occupants with touch screens and digital controls combined with the traditional essence of the design.
The Hispano Suiza Carmen costs 1.5 million euros and only 19 copies will be made. Originally, the plan was to do it before 2021, but the stagnation the world had to experience due to the pandemic spoiled the deadline. The car is simply a technological and aesthetic wonder, which also pays tribute to a glorious past that the Spanish should remember with pride.