Unheralded Spanish brand GTA has joined a select few in the supercar world to have cracked the three-second barrier for the 0-100km/h sprint with its Spano.
A motor-racing team with no previous production car experience, GTA has claimed some hefty scalps with the Spano - including Ferrari's 430 Scuderia, Nissan's GT-R and Chevrolet's Corvette - on the way to a ton in just 2.9 seconds. According to Wikipedia, that's the fourth-fastest time for a production car behind the Bugatti Veyron (2.4 secs), Ultima GTR (2.6 secs) and Saleen S7 (2.8 secs). The Spano also has a governed top speed of 350km/h.
To achieve this, GTA developed a chassis made from ultra-lightweight materials including carbon fibre, titanium and kevlar, not to mention a monstrous 8.3-litre, supercharged V10 engine similar to the one used in the Dodge Viper SRT-10.
With 580kW of power (jumping to 625kW using bioethanol fuel) and 920Nm of torque motivating a car weighing just 1350 kilograms, the results were always going to be spectacular.
However, it's not just about performance for GTA director and 30-year industry veteran Domingo Ochoa, who dreamed of making a car that combined technology, elegance and exclusivity.
With the help of GTA engineering director Sento Pallardo, he sought solutions to issues such as aerodynamics, aesthetics and technology, resulting in several patents to protect the Spano's innovative design.
One example is the frameless doors, which are recessed into the air intakes. No door handle on the Spano sullies the car's sleek side profile: the door opens when a GTA badge on the B-pillar is depressed.
Stepping inside the cabin doesn't quite match the expectation created by the car's awesome exterior, with an austere dashboard layout that is a pointer to the company's racing heritage.
Other features of the Spano include active suspension to automatically program the ride height, a self-regulating rear wing, 20-inch rear and 19-inch front wheels, ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers and temperature-regulated leather seats.
Only 99 Spanos will be built and, at about $890,000, GTA says the car will be designed to exact customer specifications.
It expects to sell the Spano in countries including China, the US and Russia but, sadly, not Australia.
For more on the GTA Spano, go to drive.com.au/spano