Niche luxury car maker Hispano Suiza marks its re-entry to the global automotive scene with an electric supercar at the coming Geneva Motorshow.
The new electric Grand Tourer is named ‘Carmen’ after Carmen Mateu, who is the founder’s granddaughter. The family-owned firm had previously shown a couple of concepts in the early 2000’s, but this time the intention seems to be to deliver a small volume exotic car with some solid backing.
The entire project has been centered around the family’s Spanish roots, with the design, engineering and production of the car in Barcelona. The Carmen has a carbon-fibre monocoque that is best suited to the needs of the limited production. The car itself is said to be inspired by the Dubonnet Xenia, a car harking back to the heydays of the brand in the late 1930s.
The electric drivetrain will be provided by Barcelona based QEV technologies. QEV Technologies has its foundations in motorsport with Campos Racing and is also the technology arm of Mahindra Formula-E Racing, plus the European R&D facility for Chinese firm BAIC.