Design Inspirations – Hispano-Suiza Introduces Electric Vintage Car ⇒ Spanish automotive and engineering company Hispano Suiza announced new plans for a 1930’s-themed car dubbed “Carmen,” named after the granddaughter of the company’s founder. The new all-electric model is set to be revealed at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, with only 19 being produced in total.
We don’t know much, aside from the fact it’s named after the granddaughter of Hispano Suiza’s founder, and that the hand-built hypercar will feature a stiff, hand-laid carbon fibre monocoque. This explains HS, “provides the foundation for the car’s exceptional luxury, comfort, innovation and attention to detail”
The new car is set to be built on a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and is inspired by the 1938 Dubonnet Xenia’s unique pre-war era design, which was commissioned by French pilot André Dubonnet and produced by Hispano Suiza. The powertrain will come from QEV technologies, who rose to fame from its work alongside Formula E teams and other various electric car manufacturers. While we don’t have official details yet on the vehicle, the teased photograph from the Spanish auto firm showcases an array of similarities to the 1938 model. The car is designed, developed and handmade in Barcelona.
Hispano Suiza Fábrica de Automóviles S.A. was founded in Barcelona in 1904 by Damián Mateu with the support of technical director and engineer Marc Birkigt, also a partner in the company. Thanks to a modern entrepreneurial model, a lot of enthusiasm and imagination, they started what would become a leading company in automotive and aviation technology, which focused greatly on innovation, investment and development.