23 April 2016
The world’s first hypercar to combine the exotic graphene material along with carbon fibre comes, no less, from Spain and has premiered at its new locally-appointed dealership EuroSports Global.
Only 99 GTA Spano models will be built and no one car will be finished in the same colour. That gives it a level of exclusivity surpassing even the mighty Bugatti Veyron and upcoming Chiron supercars.
The car is the brainchild of former Spanish Ferrari mechanic and automotive entrepreneur, Domingo Ochoa who has been familiar to Eurosports Global boss, Melvin Goh for the past four years.
Now Eurosports Global hope to see at least one GTA Spano on Singapore’s roads by the end of this year with an on-the-road price of $3.58 million.
With 925hp on tap from its mid-mounted twin-turbo 8-litre V10 engine (sourced from the Dodge Viper) the $3.85million Spano represents value perhaps in the most esoteric sense – currently the only cars registered for road use in Singapore with over 1,000hp are the Konigsegg Agera S (1030hp) and Agera RS (1,160hp) which has recently been spotted. Both these Swedish-made cars are reported to be prices northwards of $5million.
It is claimed to hit a top speed of 370km/h and sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds, driven through a seven speed sequential auto box with paddle shifters.
The car’s monocoque chassis is an exotic mix of titanium, carbon fibre and graphene.
The latter is normally associated with being the next big thing in the electronics industry, with its excellent capability to conduct power on circuit boards and as the potential basis for longer-lasting batteries of the future. However, like carbon fibre, it also offers immense strength when put together in layers to form parts of a car’s structural components.
One of the main reasons that graphene has not been seen in other supercars is the sheer cost due to its manufaturing process.
However, fortunately for Domingo Ochoa one of the world’s biggest graphene producers is in Valencia, Spain, also where the Spano factory is based.
Said Domingo, “The owner of the graphene plant is my friend – I can get it cheaper.”
That certainly gives his brand the edge on 21st century construction technology.
Melvin Goh from Eurosports Auto, who is also the local dealer for Lamborghini, Pagani and Alfa Romeo, said, “I went to the factory and drove the car and the chassis technology made the car very stiff. The drive was fantastic. But because driving around Singapore is a bit like driving around a car park, with a car putting out this much power, that was when we started to speak with Spano about tuning the torque and power of the GTA for when people are travelling at slower speeds here to make it more useable for local conditions.
“I also saw Domingo’s passion for his cars and despite all the crisis around the world, I’m glad the car is here.”