Hispano-Suiza Maguari HS1 GTC 2019
Hispano Suiza is best known for its pre-World War II luxury cars and aviation engines. The brand, founded by genius Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt and Spanish investors in the early years of the last century, even influenced Ettore Bugatti when building his first cars. Birkigt excelled in all he did – spanning from luxury cars to engines for aircraft and boats. Although regarded as a luxury car manufacturer Hispano Suiza was actually the first automotive brand to mass-produce sports cars globally. Performance, quality and innovation are what the company stands for, back in the days and in the future.
The flying stork, symbolic trademark of the brand, was carried over from the French fighter pilot Georges Guynemer’s squadron insignia: his fighter plane was propelled by a highly advanced Hispano Suiza engine and he painted the stork as his squadron emblem on the side of his fighter planes. The emblem became the mascot statuette atop the radiator of the Hispano Suiza cars. Cars, that were among the fastest, most elegant and most prestigious automobiles only accessible to a few people back then.
The last Hispano Suiza car left the Paris factory in 1938, which closed soon thereafter. In 1968, Snecma took control over Hispano Suiza, the Hispano Suiza Bois-Colombes plant became a division of the company. Whilst the company disappeared, the reputation survived: technical perfection clothed in sheer elegance in an aura of exclusivity. Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Greta Garbo, Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, René Lacoste, Joseph Bollinger, Francois Coty and royals worldwide showed appreciation for Marc Birkigt’s creations – some of the most expensive, luxurious and technically advanced cars of their time.
The legendary automotive brand went asleep for many decades – to be rejuvenated in 2010. Renowned Austrian car designer Erwin Leo Himmel brought the brand back to life: Hispano Suiza Automobilmanufaktur AG was founded in Baar / Canton Zug, Switzerland in 2010 by Erwin Leo Himmel. It continues the legacy of the La Hispano-Suiza, Fábrica de Automóviles S.A., founded in 1904.
With the new Maguari HS1 GTC Himmel and Boulay took the 2010 Gran Turismo Coupé Concept Car to the next level. Design is key and the new car combines traditional handcrafting skills with innovative high-tech – just as the Swiss engineer and Hispano Suiza mastermind Marc Birkigt did back in the early days of the brand. The automobile division of Hispano Suiza is named after the South American stork.
Himmel and Boulay redesigned the Hispano Suiza sports car following the ideology of the brand – Luxury, Comfort, Endurance and Speed. Exterior, interior and technical key features from the classic Hispano Suiza cars have been translated into a modern car. The 5.2 liter twin-turbo V10 engine producing 1,085 hp accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds to a top speed of 380 km/h (electronically limited). The engine of the 2019 Maguari HS1 GTC is closely linked to the famous historic engines that mastermind Marc Birkigt created. Today, exactly 100 years after the Swiss engineer developed the aviation engine 12Y51, it came to life again.
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 concept car the Maguari HS1 GTC is a superb combination of uncompromising design, supreme driving performance and utmost exclusivity together with the technical perfection. Each car is a unique masterpiece: paintwork to highest specification and bespoke interior appointments in the finest materials that money can buy, exquisitely executed by masters of their craft.
One of Himmel's most notable creations is the 1991 Audi quattro Spyder concept. Frenchman Olivier Boulay was former Chief Designer at Mercedes – among others he was the creator of the famous Maybach – and also designed some strategically important models for Porsche.
Hispano-Suiza Maguari HS1 GTC specifications:
Engine: V10 – mid-engine with twin-turbo and e-compressors
Capacity: 5204 cc
Transmission: 7-speed automatic / sequential paddle shift
Traction: Rear wheel drive
Clutch: Twin-plate clutch
Max. Power: 1085 HP / 798 KW @ 8.200 rpm
Max. Torque: 1050 Nm @ 6,650 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 2,8 s
Top Speed: Beyond 380 km/h (electronically limited)
Weight: 1,780 kg
Dimensions: 5100 mm x 2100 mm x 1250 mm
Chassis: Aluminum space frame with carbon-fiber bodywork
Brakes: Front/Rear: 420/400 mm carbon-ceramics – ventilated inside (HSCCB technology)
Front: 22-inch 6-spoke milled alloy wheels with central lock -285/35 ZR22
Rear: 23-inch 6-spoke milled alloy wheels with central lock – 335/30 ZR23
Suspension: Active Hybrid Lifting System (mechanical/electrical)
Hispano Suiza Maguari is offering the first 10 out of 300 limited pieces of the HS1 GTC to a selected circle of individuals and collectors. The first ten cars will be special edition cars and will feature matching handmade drivers gloves, shoes, luggage and an exclusive handbag.
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