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Hispano Suiza’s new electric hypercar might* look like this

*Maybe. A bit. Get ready for the ‘Carmen’: Spain’s very own full EV grand tourer

Published: 04 Feb 2019
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Hispano Suiza, you probably won't remember at all, used to build cars. Quite a few of them actually, a very, very long time ago. Between 1904 and 1946, the Spanish company built over 12,000 luxury automobiles. Now, it's back, and is planning to build a few more with the announcement of a new hypercar.

An electric hypercar. One of the pictures above showcases the bones of what we’ll soon be calling ‘Carmen’, HS’s idea of a “fully electric hyperlux grand tourer”.

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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”.

It’ll be filled in with a full electric powertrain, the design of which comes via QEV technologies. QEV technologies, we’re told, does a lot of work with Formula E, ‘supercar brands and mainstream car manufacturers’.

Design? It’ll take inspiration from the 1938 Dubonnet Xenia – pictured above – which, frankly, is tremendous. Just look at that thing. It’s magnificent. In fact, the designers don’t need to do anything. Just drop that body wholesale over the carbon monocoque. Jobs a good ‘un.

We’ll see the finished thing at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

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