Hispano Suiza Showcases Carmen Hypercar’s Underpinnings, Says It’s The “Best Electric Platform In The World”


The Hispano Suiza Carmen is one of the most intriguing vehicles introduced in recent years and for the first time, the company has detailed the electric platform that underpins the car.

Hispano Suiza refers to this as “the best electric platform in the world…according to automotive experts and journalists.” Now, while that’s no doubt…debatable, the EV does boast some impressive specs.

The platform itself is made from lightweight and strong carbon fiber with much of the Carmen’s electric powertrain directly behind the passenger cell.

The small Spanish car manufacturer is particularly proud of the vehicle’s cooling system that includes high-capacity water pumps that Hispano Suiza has managed to keep quiet with ‘specific materials’ and foams, ensuring the noise generated by these pumps is practically imperceptible. The Carmen also uses high-efficiency panel radiators that reduces the drag coefficient.

As for the Carmen’s battery, it displaces 80 kWh and includes an onboard charger. It can be charged in less than four hours and the temperature of the battery is intelligently controlled to ensure ideal charging and discharging.

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This battery pack sends power through a pair of electric motors combining to produce a cool 1,005 hp, allowing the Carmen to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). A car with this type of performance needs some serious brakes so the automaker has fitted six-piston calipers both front and rear.

“With the knowledge gained in Formula E, we’ve designed a software capable of controlling the torque supplied to each motor and have an exhaustive electrical control of the entire system and thus regulate the power that reaches each wheel,” Hispano Suiza CTO Joan Orus said in a statement. “Our great challenge was to accurately design the entire electrical architecture of the vehicle and its management software in order to offer a vehicle to suit our customers with maximum performance and efficiency.”

Production of the Carmen will be capped at 19 units with prices starting at €1.5 million ($1.76 million).

Updated: November 6, 2020 — 9:32 pm

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