In what way does your home country influence your cars?
HP: Italy and Argentina are very similar, in many ways. The passion is, probably, what Latin people share all over the world, so that’s why I feel at home here in Italy.
But the country where you want to realise your dream is very important. That’s why, if we are talking about supercars, we can say that there is a tie with the territory.
It is highly improbable that Ferrari, for instance, which is synonymous with Maranello, Modena and Italy, could one day be produced in China. This can also be applied to our cars.
CvK: I wanted to make something that was very clean and minimalistic, which is a very Scandinavian approach, I suppose.
Of course, the safety aspect of car design has always been at the top of our minds, too. The ability to control the car and not get into accidents in the first place is very important to us. And it’s an important part of Sweden’s automotive approach from a historical perspective, with both Volvo and Saab having many world firsts in this area. Ours is an expensive car, obviously, but we consider it to be good value for money in terms of the design inputs, build execution and performance of the car. I think honesty in design and value is another Scandinavian trait, and one we’ve adopted.
How important are power and performance figures?
HP: Numbers are made to be overcome. Yes, they’re important, but the experience is way more, and it’s not related to numbers.
The dreams and passions are something that you cannot count – they are timeless by definition.
CvK: I think they’re becoming less and less important, especially for us. When you’re unknown, it’s a way to be visible to the world, but it can’t all be hype. A sports car is not simply about transportation. There are other priorities. You have to be able to deliver excitement and enjoyment, especially on the track. The numbers themselves can be reassuring for customers to compare, but more important is the overall performance of the car.