Hispano Suiza

Welcome back Hispano Suiza

The all-electric, 1099bhp carbon-fibre grand tourer with styling reminiscent of the Art Deco period is to be built in minimal numbers, 19, to be precise.

I understand the Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia influenced its design, a one-off luxury car made for French pilot and racing car driver André Dubonnet in 1938.

The Carmen was initially launched at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a 1005bhp output, capable of 60mph in 3 seconds and costing £1.5 million. Barcelona-based QEV Technologies supplied the batteries, which managed the Formula E championship team, Mahindra.

Hispano-Suiza was a family-owned luxury car maker from the first half of the 20th century. Established in 1904, the company made V8 and 12-cylinder aero engines for Allied aircraft and fitted a detuned version into luxury motor cars.

The original business backed by King Alfonso XIII of Spain boasted numerous celebrities, such as Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, amongst its clients.

Sadly, the marque faced a period of immense difficulty when the Spanish Civil War started in 1936, producing its last motor car in 1946.

The new car from the resurrected firm has been named after company president Miguel Suqué Mateu’s wife. Miguel is the great-grandson of the company founder, Damián Mateau.

As to the next chapter, Hispano Suiza is launching an even quicker motor car, named Boulogne, capable of 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds, with an even more limited production of five.

Long live Hispano Suiza.