The automotive industry hasn’t been without its revival of long-dormant old marques these past several years. But now we’re about to get another, and it’s preparing to roll out a new electric supercar.
That marque is Hispano Suiza, a name which once stood alongside the likes of Bugatti and Rolls-Royce among the most elite automobile manufacturers in the world.
The Spanish company was originally founded (with a hyphen in the name) way back at the turn of the previous century, and after a tumultuous history, disappeared in 1968 – though its French aviation division has continued operating under a string of parent companies.
Fast forward to the modern era when efforts began to revive the marque in 2000 with the showing of the HS21 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show, the K8 the following year, and the HS21-GTS the year after.
None of those ever saw the light of day, but we’re hoping this one could. This solitary teaser image previews a new electric supercar that’s set to be unveiled at next year’s Geneva show, set to be manufactured in Barcelona where the marque was first founded over a century ago.
The initiate is spearheaded by one Miguel Suqué Mateu, great-grandson of the founder, who now heads the reborn Hispano Suiza Fábrica de Automóviles S.A. “Back in 1900, when Hispano Suiza started, it built the first electric car in the world, but the prototype was never industrially manufactured,” said Mateu. “Now, 119 years later, in March 2019, Hispano Suiza has its first 100% electric car, offering great performance and manufactured in Barcelona, the realization of my great grandfather’s dream.”
Unfortunately we don’t have much else to go on, but we’re looking forward to seeing what the family has in store, and whether it can make a go of it.