1,000-HP Electric Work Of Art Will Return To Geneva

2020 Geneva Motor Show / Comments

This time, it's an homage to a different car.

Hispano Suiza is a Spanish marque that built its final car in 1938. Known as the Hispano Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia, the one-off creation was built specifically for French pilot and racing car driver Andre Dubonnet. Its design later went on to inspire the Hispano Suiza Carmen, a 1,000-horsepower electric car revealed last year at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Two companies showed up to Geneva using the Hispano Suiza brand, one called Hispano Suiza Cars that built the Carmen and other called Hispano Suiza Automobilmanufaktur AG that built a mid-engined supercar with a Lamborghini Huracan V10. The former will be returning to Geneva this year with a new electric model based on the brand's 1920s race cars.

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From March 3 to March 5 at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, Hispano Suiza will display a new car called the Carmen Boulogne. Based on the electric Carmen hyperlux grand tourer from last year, the Boulogne will pay homage to the brand's competition heritage. The company says this new car has been designed to retain the Carmen's immense electric performance while also bearing "enhancements" from its racing cars of the 1920s. The Carmen uses two electric motors combining to produce 1,005 hp, good for a 0-60 mph sprint in under three seconds and a top speed of 155 mph with more than 248 miles on a charge.

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The project is being handled by Hispano Suiza's 'Tailormade' department, which is responsible for more bespoke creations. Hispano Suiza first used the Boulogne in 1921 at the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race where drivers piloted the H6 Coupe (pictured here in black and white) through the French town of Boulogne for three and a half hours. The company won the race three years in a row with Andre Dubonnet in 1921, Paul Bablot in 1922, and Leonce Garnier in 1923.

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