A twin-turbo V10 is ready to hunt Bugattis.
You may have heard about Spyros Panapoulos Automotive (SPA) before. It made the news a few times in 2020 before things went quiet for a while, but now it's back.
The Spyros Panapoulos Automotive Chaos was scheduled to debut at the 2021 Geneva Motor Show, but that never happened. Considering that this is a small startup that likely had a lot riding on the exposure it would have got had the show gone ahead, it's no surprise that the company has been dormant.
Now SPA has announced its revival on Facebook with a post that includes several images of the Chaos, all computer-generated. Commenters called SPA out on this, but CGI images often highlight certain features that are impossible to capture on camera. unfortunately, the post doesn't reveal much other than the fact that only 20 units of the Chaos will be built and that models will be made available on every continent.
SPA does make some bold claims in the post, however. It claims the Chaos accelerates like an F1 car, making its most apparent rival the upcoming Mercedes-AMG One.
SPA also says that it can reach 0-62, 0-124, and 0-186 mph faster than any other vehicle ever made, on both four and two wheels. It also states the Chaos has the best aerodynamic design ever applied to a car. The Chaos can also sense the mood of the driver and change its behavior accordingly. We guess that means that if the driver isn't feeling particularly chaotic, the power output will be limited to 500 horsepower. If the car recognizes suicidal tendencies, however, it will unleash the full 3,000 hp.
Beyond this, we already know that much of the car is 3D printed, including the titanium wheels.
As for the engine, it's claimed to be a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V10 that runs on E85. SPA claims it spins up to 12,000 rpm, at which point it produces 3,000 hp. If that's a bit too chaotic, you can also opt for the 2,000-hp/11,0000-rpm version that runs on regular gas. Both models use an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Thanks to the 3D printing technology, SPA was able to print light but ultra-strong body panels. Combine that with 3,000 hp, and you have a claimed 0-60-mph time below two seconds.
We haven't seen a working prototype to date, but SPA mentions a few activities it has lined up for 2022 and 2023. The car will be tested on BBC's Top Gear as part of a Red Bull-sponsored event to set the official record for the fastest production car and aims to set a new production car record at the Nurburgring.
SPA is nothing if not ambitious, and we look forward to seeing if the above goals are met.