It doesn't much matter where the car comes from when it's wearing the clean supercar styling of the GTA Spano and packing 780 horsepower, good for a 2.9 second run to 100 km/h. When the makers of such a car, with details that read like an ultimate-car wishlist, want to use the vehicle to breathe new life into the slumbering auto industry in Spain, however, it very much matters. GTA's Domingo Ochoa is planning big, and his plan is to come out of the gate with Spano, a tour de force that's intended to kick off a technology transfer to reinvigorate Spain's auto industry with new, and innovative energy.
The car itself has been drawn by a design department headed up by Sento Pallardo, and the looks are clean, unique, and functional, if less than ostentatious. The ten-cylinder powerplant is believed to be based on Dodge's Viper unit, and is even more powerful when running on ethanol, delivering 840 horsepower instead of the 780 delivered when fueled by gasoline. Three different transmissions all offer seven ratios to make use of the power. Carbon fiber and titanium construction keeps the weight down, and as befits such a craft-built car, virtually everything from suspension geometry to the LCD instrument panel is customizeable to the buyer's whim. GTA is planning on a run of no more than 99 Spanos, and the company has been working on getting international distribution. For supercar buyers, the exclusivity is undoubtedly attractive, and unlike other vehicles in the segment, the bodywork doesn't look likely to slice onlookers in two. A lower-profile high profile car, perhaps? No word yet on pricing or availibility for those of you looking to be slightly less conspicuous consumers. Press release posted after the jump.
[Source: Autoblog Spanish]