Spain won’t be the first country that comes to mind when supercars are mentioned, but the Iberian nation does have speed running through its heritage, despite a lack of notable automotive creations. One just needs to look at the bevy of iconic race tracks peppered across the country, as well as the number of champions it has produced in the world of motorsport, both four wheels and two, to know that this country has plenty of high octane petrol fuelling its veins.
No surprise then to find that the GTA Spano is a product of a company that has a made its mark in racing. Spania GTA, the creators of the Spano, was founded in 1994 by Domingo Ochoa, and the company has competed in various motorsport championships across Europe, including the likes of the European F3 Open championship, the Superleague Formula championship, and International Open GT championship, the latter of which it finished runner-up once.
Having achieved success on the motor racing stage, Ochoa decided to take the next step and fulfill a lifelong dream of building a supercar. Thus the GTA Spano was born, produced with knowledge gleaned from over 20 years of competition, and combining the ultimate in performance, luxury, elegance and exclusivity.
Designed by Spania GTA’s engineering director, Sento Pallardo, the GTA Spano is restricted to just 99 units worldwide, all of which will be built to order according to customer request. Its exclusivity is thus ensured for future collector value, and the fact that it is the fastest and most powerful car ever produced in Spain further enhances its iconic status.
The GTA Spano’s design is a vivid demonstration of function over form, with aerodynamics playing a huge part in shaping the car’s aesthetics. Two large air intakes dominate the front; and together with its convex-shaped bonnet, help facilitate air flow over the car, giving it a look almost akin to an athlete waiting to spring into action.
The doors fit neatly into the side air intakes, which perform vital functions such as cooling the oil, as well as the brakes and steering. At the rear, the car has been designed to channel air flow over its body, with the rear wing and twin exhaust outlets being key design elements to emphasise the car’s sporting pretensions. The rear glass windscreen is flanked by various openings to help with cooling the mid-mounted engine, and further aid aerodynamics.
Certainly, the engine does need plenty of cooling, for it is a true powerhouse capable of outgunning plenty of other supercars currently available out there. The 7.9-litre twin-turbocharged V10 is capable of producing a sensational 925bhp, with a truly colossal 1,200Nm of torque. The result is a 0-100km/h sprint time of an incredible 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of over 370km/h. Such are numbers which are hard to beat by anyone, and puts the GTA Spano right amongst the top of the supercar elite.
Despite its status as a high-end supercar with breathtaking performance, the GTA Spano does not compromise on luxury and comfort when you step into its interior. High quality leather and carbon fibre are used extensively here, and the overall ambience is one of sporting luxury, offering focused performance with a true sense of exclusivity.
The instrument panel boasts an LCD screen that can be customised by the customer, and displays all the vital information a driver requires while piloting the GTA Spano. It also includes controls to adjust various systems, such as the front bodywork aerodynamics, the rear wing, and the opacity of the glass roof.
Technology also plays a big part in the GTA Spano’s development, with the car boasting a number of high-tech innovations that make this a truly modern supercar for today. For instance, instead of a rear view mirror, the GTA Spano uses a rear camera that projects its view on the LCD screen located on the dashboard. The panoramic glass roof is also adjustable for opacity, allowing one to vary the amount of light being let in.
In terms of chassis development, Spania GTA has spared no effort in making the GTA Spano as competitive as it can be. The chassis itself is built from carbon fibre, graphene, titanium and kevlar, extremely strong and light materials for greater rigidity and offers the best combination for safety and performance. As such, the monocoque weighs a mere 80kg, with its total kerb weight just 1,350kg. Finally, the GTA Spano boasts self-adjusting shock absorbers so that the height of the car can be varied by up to 8cm, to help it cope with adverse road obstacles such as bumps and slopes.
Perhaps the best news of all is that the GTA Spano is now available in Singapore, having being brought in by EuroSports Global, the authorised dealer for the brand here. So European high-performance exclusivity is certainly within reach for supercar collectors looking for a unique Spanish fly like the GTA Spano.
Engine: 7,990cc, V10, twin-turbocharged
Torque: 1,220Nm @ 6,300rpm
Gearbox: 7-speed sequential automatic
Top Speed: 370km/h
0-100km/h: 2.9 seconds
Fuel Efficiency: NA