The Dutch manufacturer receives help from two businessmen during the crisis. Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker has confirmed plans to expand its product range with two supercars and an SUV after new investors bought the company.
Russian oligarch and SMP Racing owner Boris Rotenberg and his business partner Mikhail Pesis have joined Spyker in partnership with other companies they own, including motorsport BR Engineering and design and marketing company Milan Morady. Both already have 265 Spyker vehicles produced.
The investment means Spyker will be able to produce the pre-announced C8 Preliator supercars, D8 Peking-to-Paris SUVs and B6 Venator by 2021.
Spyker has experienced two turbulent decades since its founding in 1999. Years of financial difficulties were compounded when he bought Saab at General Motors in 2010, and the company quickly fell into a crisis that forced Spyker into bankruptcy.
In 2015, Spyker was restructured and the company continued to struggle.
Spyker says: “There can be no doubt that Spyker has gone through some very difficult years since the closure of Saab Automobile AB in 2011. With the new partnership these days, they have definitely disappeared and Spyker will become an important player in the supercar market. cars. "
The first new Spyker to go into production will be the C8 Preliator Spyder. The rival supercar is expected to Aston Martin, originally unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, will be powered by a naturally aspirated 5,0-liter V8 engine developed by Koenigsegg.
The engine, installed in a demo car in Geneva, sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 3,7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 201 mph, although it is unclear if this efficiency will be retained in the production model.
The D8 Peking-to-Paris is rooted in the D12 concept (above), which Spyker unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 11 years ago, and the B6 Venator was unveiled in 2013.
Along with the new models, Spyker will open its first international store in Monaco in 2021. Other dealerships are expected to open at a later date.
Spyker also claims to be aiming for a return to international auto racing. The former Spyker F1 team was formed in 2006 but only lasted one season before being sold and renamed Force India.