• The Hispano Suiza Carmen and Carmen Boulogne was designed, developed and built by a group of 40 engineers and technicians.
• The brand also takes part in the new 100% electric SUV championship, Extreme E.
• Power is rated at 830kW and 1 160Nm, running from 0 to 100km/h in less than 2.6-seconds.
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Spanish automaker Hispano Suiza's heyday was the 1920s and '30s. Now, decades later, the firm, together with a team of 40 engineers from Formula E, was able to bring the 'Carmen' back to the roads.
Many of the technologies present in Carmen and Carmen Boulogne models are derived directly from Formula E, the first 100% electric racing championship.
The Boulogne uses four permanent magnet synchronous motors housed in its rear axle that churns out 830kW and 1 160Nm. Furthermore, the exterior is made of carbon fibre and weighing 1 630kg, does the 0 to 100km/h sprint in less than 2.6-seconds.
Craft and detail
Its lithium-ion polymer battery has a capacity of 80kWh that allows it to develop a homologated range of up to 400km.
During the development process of Carmen and Carmen Boulogne, the brand relied on the expertise of Luis Pérez-Sala, former Formula 1 driver and two-time Spanish Touring Car Champion, and Pablo Suárez, technical specialist in electric vehicles and racing driver.
Between 1904 and 1946, Hispano Suiza manufactured more than 12 000 high-performance luxury vehicles with its headquarters, technical centre and manufacturing plant located in Barcelona, Spain.