GTA Spano introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 9, 2012

The GTA Spano -- the first Spanish supercar – was introduced in its full production form at the Geneva Motor Show. This project has been in development for the last five years. At last year’s show in Geneva, a pre-production concept was presented. For now, here are the full specs and details. It is powered by an 8.3-liter V10 engine that delivers 820 hp (611 kW / 831 PS) and 960 Nm (708 lb-ft) of torque to the rear-wheels through a seven-speed automatic or manual transmission. Its use of carbonfiber in the chassis and body work gave this super car a kerb weight of only 1350 kg (2976 lbs).

Just know that compared to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta that was applauded at the Geneva Motor Show, the GTA Spano is lighter by 175 kg and yet it has 90hp more. It can sprint from zero to 100 kph (62 mph) in only 2.9 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 350 kph (217 mph). These figures instantly give the car a ticket into the super car category. All of the 99 units that are expected to be produced will be made to order. However, pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

Just like what big automobile industry companies have done, the GTA symbol has been associated with an animal figure – a wolf that symbolizes light that stands for strength and courage. The wolf is also the symbol of the coat of arms of Domingo Ochoa, the founder and company owner. The surname Ochoa has an “aquitano” origin and originates from Otxoa, and from the word Otsoa, which means wolf. Its logotype also shows a red and white checked flag, which GTA Motor has used to distinguish itself in the over 15 years that it has competed in motorsport.

Headed by Sento Pallardó, the design department of GTA Motor wanted to create an automobile that was truly unique. With this objective, the team started with an initial design and advanced it to a point that it managed to combine exclusivity, elegance, and sportsmanship, in one package. In other words, the new model would have a style that has not been seen in the automobile industry.

This is why one of the distinguishing features of the GTA Spano can be seen on the lateral view. Considering that the doors are able to perfectly fit to the air intakes, it enhances the aerodynamics while making sure various parts like brakes, power-assisted steering, and oil coolers, to name a few, are continuously cooled. By having a design that is both new and original, it signals another characteristic quality of this concept car.

Being a sports car, the doors of the GTA Spano clearly do not have any door frames. Starting with the rear section, the design department also wanted to make sure that the air that goes under the car is optimized. As such, the rear has a design that reveals character and this is marked by having the small openings utilize glass.

These same openings are the ones that help cool the engine. Meanwhile, the wing fits well to the design especially with the under air channeling. In addition, the twin exhaust system and the two air intakes help highlight the sporty quality of this model. Finally, the rear section also shows that there is a rear barrel in order to help with the air flow and thus enhance the aerodynamics.

The front section on the other hand brings with it a strong character, given the two lateral air intakes, now larger, and the convex bonnet. Rounding this up is the streamlining region that is aerodynamic enough to help the air flow while giving this vehicle that sporty appearance. Its wing mirrors have been fashioned in a manner to be frameworked and finished in carbon fiber.

The wing mirrors even have that wing-like arm incorporated to which is the aeronautical mechanized aluminum. Yet another identifying mark of the GTA Spano is the large glazed surface that also gives it that strong quality. To get to the interior, one simply needs to press the GTA logo. By having no handles, it makes the design that much more elegant.

On the interior, the GTA Spano shows not only the liquid crystal shading system but even the trademarked interior lighting. Also, it is possible to manage how much light enters the cabin. This technology can also be seen on the innovative sun visors which have been attached to the glass.

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