Today I have been lucky enough to sit inside and experience first hand the new SuperCar from Spania – The Spano GTA, courtesy of SuperCarBroker.com
By James Phillips
Details by Spania
SuperCarBroker.com are currently displaying their amazing Spano GTA at the London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show.
After 20 years of top automobile motorsport, Spania GTA decided to take one step forward and make director Domingo Ochoa´s dream come true; build a supersports car that combines all the automobile technology with perfect sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity.
Designed by Spania GTA´s engineering director, Valencian-born SentoPallardó, GTA Spano boasts the most advanced technology, innovative aesthetics, researched aerodynamics and a good number of solutions for the future, all of which are capable of competing with international prestigious brands in terms of both image and performance.
As a sign of its exclusivity, only 99 models of this extraordinary supersports car will be built to order and several world patents have been obtained. Indeed it is a car that is the beginning of an industry which leads to not only job creation, but also the transfer of the resulting technology to other sectors of society.
Spano was born as the fastest and most powerful automobile ever built in Spain for commercial purposes. In short, it is the car that will mark an era.
Spania GTA´s design department, directed by SentoPallardó, has strived to create a unique automobile that resembles no other car in any way. Thus, a preliminary design has evolved until the present-day, which has succeeded in combining sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity in a single concept. In other words, a very different style to that currently on the international automobile scene.
One of Spano´s main distinguishing features lies in its lateral view, where doors fit perfectly into air intakes which, apart from performing an aerodynamic function, refrigerate elements such as oil coolers, power-assisted steering and brakes, among others. Its design is original and unprecedented, which is yet another distinguishing mark of Concept. As in all true sportscars, the doors have not doorframes.
Access to the interior is accomplished by pressing the GTA logotype, rendering it a more elegant design without traditional handles.
Its frontal view affords it a strong personality along with its two large lateral air intakes and its convex bonnet, completed with an aerodynamic streamlining zone to facilitate the air flow, thus providing it an athletic look.
At the rear, the design department has attempted to create the best way to channel the air flowing over the car. The resulting effect is a rear design with plenty of character, marked by the use of glass with its small openings that perform a refrigeration function for the engine. The wing fits perfectly into the design with under air channelling, while the two air intakes and the twin exhaust system emphasise the vehicle´s sport character. There is a rear barrel to channel air and to improve the aerodynamic load.
The wing mirrors have been designed as a framework with a carbon fibre finish and a wing-like arm, built in aeronautical mechanised aluminium.
The large glazed surface affords the vehicle a strong quality, another of its distinguishing features. The vehicle has a patented interior lighting and liquid crystal shading system, and the degree of light required inside may be regulated. Its completely novel sun visors are set into the glass and boast the same technology.
The interior design has been achieved with highquality materials such as leather and carbon fibre. There is ample space; indeed a person over 2 metres high can be comfortably seated inside. Its panoramic glass roof enhances the sense of spaciousness and also improves luminosity inside.
The dashboard has been designed to transmit the car’s values; although it has a sporting look, it is also elegant to give an impression of luxury and comfort.
The prevalent feature of the instrument panel is an LCD screen, which can be personalised according to the customer´s requirements and provides the driver with all the necessary information. It includes every button required to adjust the high front bodywork, the rear wing and also the glass roof opacity system.
The steering wheel is made out of carbon fibre and leather, another typical sporting feature of this vehicle. A joystick is located behind the steering wheel to operate lights, wipers and indicators.
Its seats, all leather, are another feature of its sport design and are perfectly held. They display the brand´s anagrams, thus affording the vehicle more exclusivity. The seats also have an electrical adjustment system with heating and refrigeration.
One of Spano´s innovations is that there is no central rear-view mirror; instead there is a rear camera that projects onto the LCD screen and is aptly located on the dashboard. It also has a wide-angle camera to facilitate parking manoeuvres which automatically connects after activating the rear gear. Interior lights also use LED technology.
The dashboard has a large state-of-the-art 7” LCD screen with several functions such as navigation, radio with MP3 CD, an iPod port and Bluetooth for mobile phones.
The GTA Spano has a rear luggage compartment of 150 liters, not insignificant figure for a car of its features.
There are also two glove compartments, one located in the central compartment and the other on the front passenger’s side. It is possible to refrigerate them and they also include a drinks holder.
Spano has also incorporated practical compartments into both doors. The interior colour range varies according to the customer´s preferences.
GTA has developed a special engine for this car, and has opted for a V10 Twin turbo Intercooler, 7,9 litre engine placed in a longitudinal rear position. It has 925 HP and 1220 Nm torque.
GTA achieves amazing performances at a top speed of over 370 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than3 seconds. These figures place it directly as one of the fastest cars commercialised in the world. The precision of the engine´s control unit helps the engine to offer and increase in power progressively under all circumstances.
Spano also has an electronic power control system, supplied according to the customer´s wishes, which regulates power from a minimum of 450 cv to maximum power.
The gearbox is supplied by CIMA, has 7 speed automatic with steering wheel paddles.
Innovation and Technology
The chassis has been one of aspects on which special emphasis has been placed while constructingSpano. State-of-the-art technologies have been applied to the automobile world, thus making Spano not only one of the few cars in the world with aeronautical components, but also a reference on the automobile scene.
The chassis has been built completely out of carbon fibre, graphene, titanium and kevlar, whose rigidity is four times greater than that of today’s presently commercialised supersport cars, which offers the best level of safety. With this technology, the weight of the monocoque is less than 80 kg, while total weight is 1,350 kg, with all the liquids and the most convenient equipment on board.
Thanks to its special chassis outline and the materials used, GTA has great traction capacity and is easy to drive, unlike what one might think of a car whose power is 900 hp. In this case, it offers a turning circle of 10.8 metres to assist driving, with very impressive manoeuvrability.
To bring this huge potential to a standstill, GTA´s braking system includes 380 mm-diameter carbon ceramic ventilated disc brakes and 6-piston callipers supplied by AP Racing, with pneumatic assistance and ABS. GTA Spano also has a sophisticated traction control system.
The tyres are manufactured exclusively for this car by Pirelli: 255/35 on a 19” front wheel and 335/30 on a 20” rear wheel. Spano also offers self-adjusting shock absorbers which are capable of raising the car by up to 8 cm to avoid potholes and regular speed bumps on roads, and to facilitate access to garages. It also has twin trapezium suspension, which enables all kinds of adjustments.
PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF
Spania GTA has created a new technology in the glass industry owing to the constant work done to improve technical aspects and towards new developments. This work capacity positions our enterprise in the forefront as far as this technique is concerned in both the automotive field and also in the field where research is required and is to be then applied to our field: the automobile.The investment we have made in both electronics and the glass curving and lamination production processes has resulted in unprecedented state-of-the-art glass technology for the automobile industry.
Special features of the glass types created by Spania GTA include:
- Opacity control
- Electronic glass regulation
- UV protection
- High armour-plating absorption capacity
- Protection of glass against reflections and dazzle.
Position: Central rear longitudinal
Number of cylinders: GTA V10 Twin Turbo Intercooler
Displacement: 7,990 cm3
Maximum power: hp/rpm: 925/6300 Torque (nm): 1220
CHASSIS AND BODYWORK
Structural monocoque made from carbon fibre, graphene, titanium and Kevlar
Carbon fibre bodywork
Official weight: 1400 kg
Fuel tank capacity(litres):100
Boot (litres): 150
Traction: Rear wheel driving
Gearbox: CIMA automatic sequential 7 speed with paddle shift
Double wishbone configuration
Wheels: 19 x9,5 front/20x 12 rear
Tyres Pirelli P Zero; 255/35 ZR19 and 335/30 ZR20
Multi-self-adjusting shock absorbers
Electrical vehicle height adjustment
AP Racing Carbon-ceramic brake system
Forced ventilation system
A 6-piston calliper ABS system
Maximum Speed of more than 370 Km/h
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds
James Phillips with Gary Knight from SuperCarBroker.com