High performance cars taking inspiration from aviation is nothing new, but Spyker is back to remind you of their origins. The original Spyker company built luxurious automobiles and innovative aircrafts. Taking inspiration from their aerodynamic past, the new C8 Preliator arrived at Geneva with bold styling and attention to detail.
They describe the styling as a “Road Jet” and a plane without wings. From the propeller emblem to the NACA ducts, it’s easy to see that the stylists took inspiration from the stratosphere. NACA was the predecessor of NASA, and their iconic inlets were developed to break the sound barrier. Ailerons flank the rocker panels just ahead of the rear wheels, and they are not just for aesthetics. They work to control the turbulence generated where the rubber meets the road. Another way this is accomplished is by the spokes of the wheel. They act as a turbine, creating downforce and stability at speed. On the exhaust tips is their motto: “Nulla tenaci invia est via”. For the tenacious, no road is impassible.
Aerodynamic influences are also found throughout the interior. Machined alloys and hand stitched leather are nice to have, but having guards on the toggle switches is really where it counts. Guarded switches are easier to use at night and prevent unwanted changes to the car’s systems. We know your favorite feature is the exposed shifter, and it makes a brilliant return in polished aluminum.
Connected to that mechanism is your choice of manual or automatic transmissions which are spun by a rear-mid mounted 525 hp supercharged V8. Most of the body panels are carbon fiber, resulting in a curb weight of 1390 kg, or just over 3,000 lbs. If you have a passion for all things aeronautical, the C8 Preliator is waiting for you on the flightline. Stay tuned to Autofluence for more news from the Geneva Motor Show.