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Zug, February 21st, 2019 – Hispano Suiza Automobilmanufaktur AG will bring back the glory of the early 20th century. The brand, best known for its pre-World War II luxury cars and aviation engines, will present a new hypercar that will enthuse car collectors and aficionados alike. The Maguari HS1 GTC is proposed only for the most eligible clients. They can own a unique and limited edition vehicle from an automotive brand that aims to cater to the desire and needs of an elite clientele around the globe.
Born in the early years of the last century from genius Swiss engineer, Marc Birkigt, and Spanish finance partners, Hispano Suiza is one of the top and most desirable motoring brands in the world. The automotive brand went asleep for almost 8 decades until internationally renowned Austrian car designer Erwin Leo Himmel decided to revive the brand that went into the public domain. In 2010 Mr Himmel opened a new chapter, presenting the first design prototype of the revived Hispano Suiza brand at the Geneva Motor Show. With the concept car ‘Grand Turismo Coupé’ a new era begun, closely connected to the history of the brand and Marc Birkigt. The gifted Swiss engineer was responsible for some of the most innovative and exclusive cars. Today, Mr Himmel, teaming up with Prof. Olivier Boulay, also an internationally acclaimed automobile designer and architect from Paris, seek to perpetuate traditional handcrafting skills combined with state-of-the-art technology.
Erwin Himmel is an internationally renowned Austrian automotive designer. He led the transformation of Audi becoming a premium and sporty automobile manufacturer and set the pace for Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti. Two of his most notable creations are the 1991 Audi Quattro Spyder concept and the 2004 Jaguar BlackJag. The latter – a design study that Mr Himmel created as the CEO of Fuore Design – combined a racy sports car with style and elegance. Reviving the historic Hispano Suiza brand he teamed up with another famous and renowned automotive designer – Prof. Olivier Boulay from France. Mr Boulay was former Chief Designer at Mercedes – among others he was the creator of the famed Maybach – and also designed some strategically important models for Porsche. In our background discussion he comments on the recent news of a new Hispano Suiza supercar that will be shown at this years Geneva Motor Show.
As a great admirer of Birkigts crafting skills and epic masterpieces, Sky has set itself the task of reviving the character of this extraordinary brand. The new company follows the principles of Birkigt, namely to combine luxury, comfort, speed and longevity in its products. The Austrian sky breathes new life into the brand. “We want to build the most exclusive and comfortable luxury sports cars, breathtaking masterpieces,” says Himmel about the new Maguari HS1 GTC. “The legacy of Marc Birkigt continues. But not only do we want to create vehicles, but we will also create a platform for like-minded car enthusiasts who can live and experience the brand there. “
The Hispano Suiza Maguari HS1 GTC is in its final test phase. True to the brand’s philosophy, the exterior, interior and key technical features of the classic Hispano Suiza models are transported to the modern age. The 5.2-liter V10 bi-turbo engine powered by electric compressors generates 1,085 hp and accelerates the car in 2.8 seconds to 100 km / h up to a top speed of 380 km / h (electronically controlled). The engine of the Maguari HS1 GTC takes its inspiration from the engines developed by Marc Birkigt. Today, 100 years after the Swiss engineer built the 12Y51 aircraft engine, a new model comes to life, modeled on the historical engine. By using the most advanced hybrid technologies and attention to historical designs, the engine is catapulted into the 21st century. The state-of-the-art engine based on a proven V10 shares a number of design features such as special cylinder liners, sodium filled valves and a supercharged supercharger with its 100 year older ancestor.
The 7-speed automatic sequential paddle shift transmission is a perfect match for the rear wheel drive system, which guarantees optimal traction and superb handling at all times. As in the 2010 concept car the Maguari HS1 GTC is a superb combination of uncompromising design, supreme driving performance and utmost exclusivity together with technical perfection. Each car is a unique masterpiece: lightweight chassis with carbon-fiber bodywork, paintwork to highest specification and bespoke interior appointments in the finest materials that money can buy, exquisitely executed by masters of their craft.
The official launch of this new Hispano Suiza sports car will take place in Spring 2019. Further information will be revealed in due course. “Selected enthusiasts will have an exclusive review of the car with Mr Boulay and myself. We have allied our company with major partners and suppliers in the automotive industry to deliver the best product. And to personally cater to our customers around the globe, we have set up representative offices in New York, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and a design studio in Paris”, says Mr Himmel.
The name of Hispano Suiza’s automobile line Maguari relates to the South American stork – the historic brands mascot. First deliveries of the cars with a starting price of 2.2 million Euros are scheduled for late 2019.