Hispano Suiza announces the launch of its second model, the Hispano Suiza Boulogne, a sporting evolution of the Hispano Suiza Carmen. The company plans to produce five of them. The car, reaches 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds thanks to its electric propulsion of 1114 horsepower. It benefits from a weight reduction of 200 kgs compared to the standard Hispano Suiza Carmen.
Hispano-Suiza is a legendary brand, French-Swiss and Spanish. Dedicated to the production of automobiles and aeronautical equipment, we owe it exceptional models such as the H6, J12 or K6. Competing with the Bugatti Royale, the J12 (also called type 12 or type 68) benefited from an 11.3L V12 engine reaching 250 horsepower. Hispano Suiza cars are now highly sought after on the vintage market.
Hispano Suiza, a piece of history
The Hispano Suiza Boulogne appellation is not unknown to enthusiasts of the brand. This is indeed the name of the racing version of the 1921 Hispano Suiza H6 Coupé. It was a high performance car, whose name was given after an endurance race around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza won three consecutive victories there, with André Dubonnet (1921), Paul Bablot (1922) and Léonce Garnier (1923), at the wheel of the Hispano Suiza H6.
Based on formula E technologies
Hispano Suiza indicates that the Hispano Suiza Boulogne technology was developed based on Formula E racing mechanics. Equipped with two electric motors supplying each of its rear wheels and fitted with a lithium-ion polymer battery, it has a range of nearly 400 kms. The entire chassis of the Carmen Boulogne is made of carbon fiber.
The car can be bought for 1.65 million euros and will be delivered from 2022.
Delage in the wake of Hispano Suiza?
At the start of the 20th century, Delage occupied the same space as Hispano, along with other famous brands such as Bugatti, Delahaye and Talbot-Lago. The brand is about to experience a comparable renaissance, with the development of a hybrid hypercar called Delage D12.
The objective of the Delage D12 project is to create a road car providing the experience of a Formula 1. The Delage D12 therefore looks like a F1 car with a closed cockpit. It will integrate a 7.6-liter V-12 powertrain coupled to an electric motor for a combined output of 1,100 horsepower. The Delage D12 should hit 100 km / h in just 2.5 seconds.
Uncertain industrial projects
Both Hispano Suiza La Boulogne and the Delage D12 are exclusive cars. Produced respectively in 5 and 30 copies from 2021-22, they will each be offered at around 1.6-1.8 million euros. Entering in direct competition with Bugatti, MacLaren and Ferrari, they will have to find their place over time. And control their costs, because the development and production of such machines can turn into financial pitfalls. The future will tell if the adventure is sustainable.
The rebirth of Delage and Hispano is a joyful prospect for classic car enthusiasts. The Hispano-Suiza automobile brand had already experienced an attempted rebirth in the early 2000s, with concept cars such as the HS21 from 2000, the K8 from 2001 or the HS21 GTS from 2002. But the Bugatti example shows it. It is difficult for a small manufacturer to find its place without leaning against a large car producer. The latter already offer performance cars, even very sporty ones. It is not obvious that these limited production supercars can achieve economic profitability in the long run.