I Spoke To The Man Behind The Ferrari-Killing $87,000 Supercar; This Is What He Had To Say

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Is this the beginning of an industry game changer?

Last June was when we first heard about PSC Motors, a Las Vegas, Nevada-based boutique supercar company. Why did it catch our attention? Because its CEO, Antonio Calva, wants to build affordable supercars. How affordable? Try a base price of $87,000 for its 620 hp SP-ONE. And that’s only the entry-level model. Speaking exclusively with CarBuzz over the past couple of months, Calva explained to me his background and, most importantly, a desire to only launch his cars once everything is right.

Translation: "I don’t want my company being associated with faulty or broken products." With a planned launch date later this year, Calva is determined for the supercars to meet all of their performance goals. The top-of-the-line model, the 9.0-liter, V8-powered 1,700 SP-200, is being developed as a potential Bugatti killer. If that’s not enough, Calva told me a hyper sedan "powered by the same 9.0-liter V8 as the SP-200" is also in the works. One of the pre-production issues, for example, is "connecting the hybrid drive system." No one ever said the car business is easy. Calva has worked at many start-ups, "from aerospace to naval research companies," but decided to take his industry knowledge and apply it to his own automotive company back in 2004.

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It was in 2009 when "it stopped being a side project for me and it became my full-time job." Making your vision come true requires you to throw everything you’ve got into it. But patience is also a virtue. Calva believes that "rushing something that’s already taken this long to create would be a waste of time for me and our customers." In addition to the SP-200, of which official details are coming soon, Calva graciously shared with me the specs of his SP-One lineup (below). Will PSC Motors become a major player in the super and hyper car world? Hey, anything’s possible, but let’s put it like this:

When a young Horacio Pagani left Lamborghini to start his own carbon fiber company (before Pagani Automobili), few would have imagined he’d be known today as a modern Leonardo Da Vinci. Greatness has to start somewhere. SP-ONE: Price Tag- $87,000 Engine- Supercharged 5.2L V8 Performance- 620 HP 0-60 3.0 SEC Transmission- 8-speed sequential transmission or 6-speed Manual transmission Frame: Hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber Body: Outer skin made from aluminum, and composite material (carbon body optional)

SP-ONE S: Price Tag- $115,000 Engine- Supercharged 5.2L V8 Performance- 700 HP 0-60 2.8 SEC Transmission- 8-speed sequential transmission or 6-speed Manual transmission Frame: Hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber Body: Outer skin made from aluminum, and composite material (carbon body optional)/ SP-ONE R: Price Tag- $150,000 Engine- Twin Turbo 5.2L V8 Performance- 790 HP 0-60 2.5 SEC Transmission- 8-speed sequential transmission or 6-speed Manual transmission Frame: Hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber Body: Outer skin made from aluminum, and composite material (carbon body optional)

SP-ONE R-S: Limited to 500 units $220,000 Engine- Twin Turbo 5.2L V8 Performance- 1,000 HP 0-60 2.2 SEC Transmission- 8-speed sequential transmission or 6-speed Manual transmission Frame: Hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber Body: Outer skin made from carbon fiber

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