Aspid has finally gotten around to revealing the production version of the GT-21 Invictus. This funky-looking sports car delivers 450 horsepower to the rear wheels thanks to a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter V8 engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox or six-speed manual. That's a far cry from the supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the Spanish company's first offering. Aspid says the GT-21 Invictus can lay waste to 60 mph from a standstill in under three seconds on its way to a top speed of 189 mph. Even better, the creation's suspension can serve up 1.6 g on the skidpad.

The company has managed to keep weight to a mere 2,182 pounds thanks to composite body panels and a spaceframe chassis. Interestingly enough, the GT-21 Invictus is also available with a slew of on-road safety equipment, including adaptive airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes.

Inside, there's a 2+2 seating configuration, which suggests there's actually room for two adults and their luggage for a weekend trip. Aspid is currently aiming to start building its newest model in 2014, but there's no word on pricing yet. Scroll down to watch a dramatic – dare we say Batman-esque – official video below.


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Aspid Cars releases images of GT-21 Invictus hi-tech sports car

Aspid Cars has released the first dramatic images of its new GT-21 Invictus, which features a distinctive semi open wheel appearance at the front of the car. The multi-million Euro project will create up to 200 hi-tech jobs and builds on advanced lightweight technologies developed for the Aspid Super Sport technology demonstrator unveiled at previous motor shows. Discussions are nearing completion with investors to determine the most suitable manufacturing location. Both cars are expected to enter production within two years.

"The GT-21 Invictus complements the Aspid Super Sport, but is bigger and more powerful," says the car's chief designer and company founder Ignacio Fernández Rodriquez. "It has been a challenging styling exercise, but fortunately we have a really talented design team in the company. They have done an excellent job evoking the values of the company in the car."

"Aspid Cars in the vanguard of technological and lightweight vehicle development and we needed to convey this in the design. We also needed an element of aggressiveness to reveal our motor sport credentials. The design brief also demanded that we portray the elegance and beauty required for a premium car."

"From a visual perspective and to set us apart, we needed to retain an element of the unique design form of an open wheel car as characterised by the Aspid Super Sport. This presented by far the biggest challenge in terms of packaging the interior volume for the driver and passengers, but we've successfully achieved this and have therefore maintained our unique visual identity, so the car is perceived as an Aspid the instant it's seen."

The Aspid GT-21 Invictus is bigger and less compromised for interior space compared with the Aspid Super Sport, significantly increasing the level of comfort for the driver and passengers. It is more powerful and more technologically advanced thereby maintaining the company's reputation for designing cars with a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio, significant CO2 reducing capability through lightweight efficiency, combined with sublime road handling. The GT-21 employs the same chassis design that weighs a mere 80 kg in the Super Sport, which still sets an industry benchmark. The GT-21 Invictus styling has been undertaken by IFR Automotive, which is also responsible of the design and engineering of the Aspid Super Sport which preceded it.

"The Aspid GT-21 Invictus represents a new generation of Gran Turismo fit for the 21st century" says Fernández. "With a weight that is less than 990kg when dry, the car features the latest generation BMW V8 engine capable of delivering 450 horsepower. It also incorporates a new generation of sports car hybridization, which increases the dynamic performance of the vehicle while being respectful of the environment. A lot of the technology we've developed will transfer to other road vehicles"

The Aspid GT-21 Invictus will offer the same astonishing acceleration as the Super Sport, reaching 100km/h (62mph) in less than three seconds, but with a higher maximum speed exceeding 300km/h (187mph) and a cornering ability in terms of g forces that similarly sets a new class benchmark. High speed stability and performance is enhanced through efficient aerodynamics. The dimensions are those of a GT: 4.447mm long, 1,883mm wide and a height of 1,226mm. The Invictus is aimed squarely at the premium sports car market and production will be limited to 250 a year to retain its exclusivity.

"Aspid Cars is inspired by the motorsport and aerospace industries," says Fernández. "Their advanced lightweight technologies have been applied to our new GT, which is first and foremost a high performance road car."

The manufacturing processes and suppliers for the Aspid GT-21, being from aerospace and motorsport industries, are used to producing components at high levels of precision in small batches or even as unique parts. The materials employed include aerospace grade aluminium, ultra-light high-strength steels, and composites. The unique design of the car, choice of materials and manufacturing process ensure that every Aspid can be tailored to each individual customer.

Says Fernández: "Each car will be custom made and hand built in its own production bay. There is no production line as such. Each client can choose more than 100 different options, and most customers will want to visit the factory during the build of their personalised car."

Each car will be handed over to the customer at the factory by the team of engineers and technicians who build it. Each customer will also receive a special book signed by the factory team illustrating the assembly sequence.

Customers will be able to purchase the car from an elite group of 20 dealers across Europe, some of which have yet to be selected, able to deliver the high standard of sales and aftersales service. As well as maintaining the vehicle the dealer network will also help organise Aspid branded events and entertainment.

The configuration of each car will be tailored to suit the precise requirements of each customer, giving them the option, for example, to adapt the geometry and the electronics to their individual needs and personal taste. The customer may at any time request the Aspid engineering department to change the car's geometry and electronic settings for different needs.

"This means that in addition to aesthetic customization of the vehicle, the client can also customize its ride and handling characteristics to their own requirements," says Fernández, who was previously a race engineer as well as being an automotive engineer and car designer. "We aim to offer a unique and unforgettable experience when a customer buys one of our sports cars. We believe our factory model and our relationship with each customer will be unique and set a new standard in the market. It will be more like the relationship experienced between a professional race driver and his race engineer and race team. We're very aware that every customer will be an ambassador for the brand, hence this close relationship which we aim to nurture."

"The GT-21 Invictus is a significant step forward for the Aspid brand," adds Fernández. "We're building on our experience of developing a high performance road and race car and technology demonstrator, which has helped us to establish IFR Automotive as an engineering consultancy. We have invested significantly in developing the technology and understanding the market for our new and exclusive road car. The GT is longer than the Super Sport by 700 mm and oriented towards a radical sports car segment of the market requiring larger dimensions, an 8-cylinder engine, and dual-clutch transmission actuated by F1-style shift paddles on the steering wheel, which is also significantly easier to get in and out of the car. It also has more space inside the cabin and luggage compartment."

Fernández says the Invictus represents the first GT "semi open wheeler" with a 2+2 passenger configuration and rear-wheel drive: "It has a strong visual element to help identify the Aspid open-wheel design language, where you can see all the beauty and technological excellence used in the wheel in conjunction with the suspension arms and their oval shape, dual brake callipers and their unique double discs, complemented by the front wings which also make a smart and aggressive statement of our intentions."

"The GT-21 brings together the most advanced technologies yet introduced to this market as presented previously in the Super Sport, which helped us test the water. It introduces a compendium of new technologies specifically developed for this new model, which enhances our understanding of cars generally and their continual evolution as machines of even greater efficiency than we've ever seen before."

"We aspire to build Aspid Cars as a brand representing design innovation and technological leadership, which through IFR Automotive can be applied to passenger, commercial and off highway vehicles," says Fernández. "We've already introduced into the market our technologies to small series cars, motorbikes, buses and coaches."

Other technology included in the Aspid GT-21 Invictus already applied in the Super Sport includes the integration into the steering wheel of the most important driver primary functions and displays. The elimination of switches and buttons and the introduction of a new electrical architecture and electronic system, integrating multimedia with the control systems of the car, facilitate previously unseen features.

Aspid has also revolutionized its cars brake system with a unique design that changes the old principle where heat is accumulated by the disks to swiftly dissipating it in order to achieve class leading braking performance with extraordinary resistance to fade. This performance is comparable to conventional and carbon-carbon brakes, but without the problem of having to warm them up.

The suspension arms in cold resistant aerospace extruded aluminium reduce the weight of the un-sprung mass, which together with the super-solid and high performance ALEXCOM chassis, which weighs less than 90kg, delivers a vehicle that can set new standards for innovation, lightweight technology and excellent vehicle dynamics.

"Aspid Cars represents a unique business model driven by a high level of passion," says Fernández. "The GT-21 is a lifestyle model closely connected to the exciting world of sports cars and the unmistakable sense of freedom and emotions felt when driving a machine with the highest levels of performance. The company is also driven by technology and design, with a boundless obsession for craftsmanship and a passion for building something truly unique."
For more details visit HYPERLINK "http://www.aspidcars.com" www.aspidcars.com; the company and the car's development can also be followed on twitter @Aspid_Cars or HYPERLINK "https://twitter.com/Aspid_Cars" https://twitter.com/Aspid_Cars.


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      tylermars.design
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't even see what's going on with the surfaces, just a bunch of lines and some LED headlights....the renderings are especially hard to read.
      Hemigts
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like an updated Donkervoort D8 GT.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hemigts
        Thats exactly what it reminds me of! It looks so good...ughhh want one badly.
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lead candidate for the next Transformers movie
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like this car a lot. 0-60 in under 3 seconds is a bit of a stretch, but it does have a twin clutch gear box which knocks a good amount of time of 0-60 sprints. 1.6G is what I'm doubting the most, but either way 450whp and 2180lbs with a 7 speed twin clutch will perform great. I'm guessing this thing will be quicker than a 458 and the MP4-12C.
      Sundayz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Specially terrible design and engineering, another crap product designed to earn money from the European Union
        Delta_Motorsport
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sundayz
        European Union Funds or Technology Framework Programmes generate this kind of virtual concepts specially on spain. Bad business plans , null experience and bad overall product planning and execution, resulting in a loss for the funds.
        Charles2337
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sundayz
        Lets see you make something better.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Charles2337
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        ImpulseGTO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sundayz
        yea and you know all about it's engineering aspects...
      Taylor Schuman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Batman got ahold of a Plymouth Prowler.
        JSBARRIOS
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Taylor Schuman
        Sticking with the Mopar theme, I think it looks like a Chrysler Crossfire on steroids!
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      In think they should rename it Insipid. That's the first car I've seen that uglier than a Veloster
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        James
        • 2 Years Ago
        It weighs 2,182 pounds, so it can deliver on those promises. Read the whole damn article.
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          @James
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        Charles2337
        • 2 Years Ago
        Have you even looked at its weight?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Charles2337
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        ImpulseGTO
        • 2 Years Ago
        Have you seen the weight?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
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      rL-gT
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very aggressive looking fantasy car. I likee
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        @rL-gT
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      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, isn't this just the opening to the new "Need for speed" xbox game. Think more like "vaporware"
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Plymouth called....it wants its Prowler back.
        Autoblogist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        Maybe Plymouth should've executed it right.
          jcar302
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          Yup, the prowler should have had the viper engine. The prowler was for posers, guys that want to look like they were into cars, but really weren't, because no self respecting enthusiast would have bought one. Looks fast, but is incredibly slow.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          Wow a lot of short memories on here.......When the Prowler came out it blew everybody out of the water styling wise. If you read the story on how it got built, it was a triumph on how to get a concept car built on a shoestring budget that made Ford and GM look stodgy and old fashioned in one stroke. There has never been anything like it that made it into full production by a full line car maker before. It was in the days that MOPAR was firing on all cylinders.....the days before the evil Germans stole the company from us and looted it and left it for dead.
      Kimura
      • 2 Years Ago
      This should be Batman's next car.
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