It’s nothing new to see a brand take inspiration from the past for a future release. But it’s definitely a little more unusual to see a company reach back nearly a century into history to reboot a brand. But that’s exactly the case with the Spanish automakers at Hispano Suiza and their upcoming Carmen all-electric hypercar.
Rebooted by the very family that founded the original company back in the 1930s, Hispano Suiza is back and better than ever — hinging their new business on sustainable future technologies while remaining true to their roots. That can be seen clearly in the Carmen, an all-electric hypercar with styling inspired by the Art-Deco masterpiece that was the 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia. Inside, however, it’s all modern — including a powerful gas-free powertrain that’s good for over 1,005 horsepower, a 0-62 time of under three seconds, and a 250-mile range. That performance is only bolstered by the vehicle’s ultralight carbon fiber monocoque and body panels (the whole vehicle weighs just over 3,725 pounds), as well as a number of aerodynamic design features and a double-wishbone suspension with active dampening. With only 19 units to be built through 2021, the Carmen starts at $1.7 million.