Hyperautos, mega-autos, mega-GTs, supercars and even pick-ups: at LN Movilidad we have reviewed some of the lesser-known brands in the industry worldwide, who are dedicated to building dream sports cars and durable vehicles. Brief summary, in alphabetical order, of brands and models little known in our region but which border on utopia because of the exclusive and limited nature of their manufacture.
Fisherman: the website of Henry Fisker defines him as an entrepreneur, a creator, an innovator, a mentor and, last but not least, a leader in automotive design. After designing historic models such as the Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8, this US-based Dane developed prototypes and production models under his eponymous firm, which went through different financial situations but always retained its identify. Under that logo, he introduced the Karma in 2011, a plug-in sports sedan that landed him a lawsuit from Tesla alleging technology theft. The case was won by Fisker, but the Karma It didn’t last long: its only battery supplier went bankrupt, dragging the brand down. After a few prototypes (Sunset, Surf and Atlantic) the brand promised the Ocean (it even launched a pre-sale), an electric SUV, for a while in 2022, although real photos of the model have yet to be revealed. Prices? Between US$38,000 and US$69,000.
Hispano-Suiza: you may never have heard of this brand, but what is curious is that making cars since 1904! and he even had weapons, military vehicles and planes in his portfolio. As far as the cars are concerned, production ceased in the 1930s and after several handovers and other unforeseen events, The Hispanic is “reborn” with the Carmen, a model that the brand defines as a “pioneer in the hyper-luxury segment”. through a unique blend of timeless design, exacting luxury, meticulous craftsmanship and scrupulous attention to detail, both technical and engineering. El Carmen (it owes its name to the wife of the brand’s founder) was introduced in 2019, is inspired by the Dubonnet Xenia, one of the Hispano Suiza models of the 1930s, and has a carbon chassis with a fully electric transmission developed by 1019! RESUME. The price of the 19 units manufactured was 1.5 million euros. In 2020, the Carmen Boulogne arrived, which stretched the power to 1,114 hp.
Koenigsegg: founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg, is perhaps one of the best known because the CC8Sthe car they robbed in 2002 and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having at the time the most powerful production engine in the world. Only 6 units were made with a 655 hp V8. It was replaced by the CCR in 2004, of which 14 were produced with an output of 806 hp, then the CCX (the “X” for the tenth anniversary of the first prototype) in 2006, powered by a V8 of the same output but with better components. In 2010, Koenigsegg presented the will age, a 906 hp missile of which only 30 were manufactured and which broke the speed record (447 km/h) in a production car. In 2019 125 arrived jesko (named after Christian’s father), which with its 5-litre V8 develops 1280 hp, and finally this year they presented the gemera, of which 300 will be made and whose great novelty is that it is driven by an electrified three-cylinder block which, taken together, gives 1,700 CV. The Danish manufacturer is one of the most dynamic and popular since its birth.
lucid: based in California, was founded in 2007 and only 6 years ago it was proposed to manufacture cars because before it was only in charge of the production of batteries and motors. In 2016 they announced the manufacture of an electric sedan and that same year they confirmed the start of work on their own factory near Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the most recognized technology companies. At the end of 2021, the production of Air and in 2022 it was presented, in official terms, the luxury electric car with the longest range (840 according to Lucid), incredible power (1100 hp) and charging speed. Among other features, the Air can cover 480 kilometers with a quick charge of 20 minutes, accelerate from zero to hundred in 2.5 seconds and, in terms of functionality, it has the “frunk” (front trunk) with the capacity to highest load in the world, an electric and a screen in the cockpit of ¡34! inches and with 5K technology. It is available in two versions and by the end of the year they will present two more with prices between 87,000 and 169,000 dollars.
The North Star: perhaps the most popular in this underworld of niche brands since the brand has always been (and is) linked to the Swedish Volvo. At first he was in charge of preparing competition models, although since 2017 he was “independent” and was in charge of the production of electrified vehicles. That year it went on sale The North Star 1, a 620 hp hybrid of which 1,500 units were produced, and two years later the “2”, a vehicle with different engine options between 230 and 476 hp and 430 km range each. In October will arrive the “3”, an SUV that will be manufactured in the United States, and later the to reigna prototype that advances the lines of the “5”, which was presented before the pandemic at the Geneva Motor Show, although it was logically delayed and expected by 2024.
Rimac: established in Croatia, was founded in 2009 and since then has been manufacturing components and engines for other brands. Its owner, Mate Rimac, electrified his own car (a BMW E30), found investors and launched independent projects. In 2013 saw the light of day First conceptwhich ended up being the official car of Formula E. The “One” was fully electric and developed 1,225 HP with an acceleration from zero to one hundred in 2.5 seconds, which earned it the title of most electric fast that year.
In 2018, Rimac presented its second creation, the C_Two which will be launched for sale this year under the name of Refrigerator, with the same platform as the Pininfarina Battista, four electric motors and a total power of more than 1,900 HP that catapult it from zero to one hundred in 1.97 seconds according to official figures. Currently, Hyundai and Porsche are associated with the brand, so they are expected to benefit from some of its innovations.
Rivian: Born in 2009 and based in California, Rivian is a versatile and ambitious company that has several projects underway simultaneously. The most important are a pickup called R1T and the R1S, an SUV on the same platform. The pickup, with a price that starts at US$67,500, can have up to four motors, WiFi and even vegan leather. And an important fact: it was the first brand to launch an electric pickup, even before Tesla, which has yet to launch its final version.
The R1S is the “closed” version of the pickup and was launched this year. It shares over 90% of the components with the pickup and in the words of Robert Scaringe, founder of Rivian, it was designed to take families, friends and dogs (sic) with all their luggage on long trips and to places WE love. Prices? Two versions at US$72,000 and US$78,000, although they are still having problems with delivery of pre-sale units.
SSC North America: It was founded in 1999 by Jerod Shelby, who has no connection with the legendary coach Ford; the operational base is in Washington. Shelby had a very clear goal in mind: to design and produce an American supercar that “would compete with the European sports cars that dominate the industry”. It didn’t go badly, as SSC (renamed after its debut “Shelby SuperCars”) set two world records: in 2007, they hit 256.14 miles per hour (412.2 km/h) with the Ultimate Aero and 14 years later they did it again with the Tuatara, which reached 282.9 mph (455.3 km/h). Currently the brand has 3 dealers who sell, precisely, its 3 current models: the aforementioned Tuatara, Striker and Aggressor which share many components and the 1350 hp biturbo V8 which, fueled with methanol, can reach 1750 hp. Its price starts at $1.6 million.
W-motors: Founded in 2012, it is dubbed the leading hypercar brand in the Middle East. Originally from Lebanon, it is based in Dubai, perhaps one of the most favorable markets for the sale of these racing cars. In 2013, just a year after its creation, W Motors presented the Lykan HyperSport at the Qatar Motor Show, of which only seven examples were produced with 440 diamonds in their optics and which, in addition, was the “star” of Fast and Furious. 7 Four years later, W Motors (the W stands for “Wolf” in English) launched the Fenyr Super Sport (110 units produced) and two years later, with Iconiq, it unveiled its first autonomous vehicle. Like him Lycan like him fenyr They share a boxer (opposed cylinders, like the Porsche and Subaru) 3.7 biturbo engine with outputs between 780 and 800 HP, respectively.
Zenvo: it was founded by Troels Vollertsen in 2004 in Denmark and has been managed by Angela Hartman since 2012. The brand’s factory is located in Praestoe, which it only produces five units a year to “ensure attention to every detail”. Everything is so handcrafted that Zenvo offers its customers the opportunity to drop by its headquarters to see the state of manufacture of their own car, from which they can choose components, colors and anything that is possibly customizable. The first model was ST1 and it had a turbo and a supercharger at the time. Today, the brand is available in three variants: the TS1GT (launched in 2016) and its two most radical variants TSR and TSR-S. All three have dynamic differences (for private use and on the track), start with a value of $1.2 million and share the 5.8-liter V8 that develops 1,100 hp.