10 things you didn´t know about Hispano Suiza | Prototype

Hispano Suiza Fábrica de Automóvil S.A. is a company that dates back to the ‘old days’ of automotive history, between 1904 and 1946 they not only created a total of 12,000 luxury high-performance cars but also 50,000 aircraft engines in Spain, sadly after 1946 this glorious name became somewhat dormant … until 2000, when the HS21 supercar was shown in Geneva, followed by the K8 in 2001 and the HS21-GTS in 2002 as evolutions of the HS21 version.

The 2001 Hispano Suiza K8

But there is a lot more to know about the history of this glamorous car builder, so take a look at the 10 things you might not know about them is the extract from their latest press release below:

1 – More than 100 years of history
Hispano Suiza was founded on June 14, 1904, by Damián Mateu together with Francisco Seix and Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt, who had worked for two companies that had preceded Hispano Suiza: La Cuadra and J. Castro. Birkigt’s experience in the industry was key in laying the foundations for Hispano Suiza.

In 1905, Hispano Suiza created their first vehicle, the Armored Type Birkigt System, which was equipped with a four-cylinder engine and 20 CV of power, and which reached a top speed of 87 km/h. It was followed, a year later, by what would be the first car with a six-cylinder engine built in Spain, a model delivering 75 HP of power that completed the Perpignan-to-Paris route in 22 hours, a feat which received great media attention at the time.

2 – Hispano Suiza did not just produce cars throughout its history
During World War I, Hispano Suiza went from producing cars to manufacturing aircraft engines. It was a period of great success for the company: they applied their technological know-how in the manufacture and development of automotive engines to a new field, which brought them great benefits.

Georges Guynemer and his fighter plane

Birkigt built an aircraft engine that was based on a racing car engine, following the “direct drive” principle, with a V8 layout and aluminum alloy blocks to reduce weight. Hispano Suiza began to receive numerous orders, so many that they had to sell licenses to other manufacturers in France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Japan and even Russia… In total, more than 50,000 Hispano Suiza engines were built.

Hispano Suiza aviation engines also found their place at sea. The most spectacular engine, a V12 delivering 1,300 HP, was mounted on a series of racing boats, including the so-called Aurora, built in 1935. Birkigt collaborated in the assembly of this boat, which was auctioned a few years ago for a figure close to a million euros.

3 – King Alfonso XIII

King Alfonso XIII played an important role in the early days of Hispano Suiza. The monarch was a car enthusiast, who instantly fell in love with the 20CV Hispano Suiza that he drove in in 1905. So much so that in 1910 he became a shareholder, purchasing 8% of the company shares. King Alfonso XIII also had a car named in his honor, a two-seater sports car, with a 3,619 cc four-cylinder engine, delivering 60 HP, with a top speed of 120 km / h. It was the Hispano-Suiza T45, better known as Hispano Suiza Alfonso XIII.

King Alfonso XIII of Spain with Hispano Suiza

4 – A car for the elite
Thanks to the performance of its vehicles, which combined speed with lightness and amazing driving sensations, thanks to its luxury materials, the handcrafted to the highest quality standards, Hispano Suiza immediately rose to fame.

In addition to King Alfonso XIII, the vehicles of the Spanish brand were chosen by aristocrats, intellectuals, and the most renowned artists in the world, such as Gustavo V of Sweden, Carlos II of Romania, Louis II of Monaco, Pablo Picasso, André Citroën, Coco Chanel, René Lacoste, Paul McCartney or Albert Einstein.

The history of Hispano Suiza cars has always been closely linked to clients with high purchasing power, an exquisite taste for luxury and an incalculable passion…

…Read more.



F1 Racing 30 day news updates.

We use income earning auto affiliate links. More on Sponsored links.

Related Posts

25-years-of-the-McLaren-Longtail-9.jpg

Daniel Ricciardo takes a look at the McLaren Longtail | McLaren

McLaren Automotive is celebrating 25 remarkable years of performance excellence from ‘Longtail’ models, with the last of the latest generation of sold-out cars—the 765LT Spider—being delivered to owners in the…

Read more
maserati-mc20-ciello-1.jpg

Maserati ready to unveil the MC20 Cielo … their new spyder version | Maserati

It has been a while since we published an article on Maserati testing a convertible version of their latest supercar, the MC20, at that time we were contemplating the name,…

Read more
1652807841_907_7-Five-Ways-to-Reduce-Car-Expenses..jpg.jpg

5 Ways to Reduce Your Car-Associated Expenses This Year | Tips & Advice

Inflation is one of the biggest headaches for the average household today. We are living in a period of surging prices fuelled by record inflationary pressures. In the US, for…

Read more
1652677910_791_2-AMG-Hammer-Prototype.jpg

Why the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR Was Once the World’s Most Expensive Car

In the era of AMG performance beasts like the GT63 S and the AMG GT Black Series, it is quite easy to forget past AMG monsters that ruled imperiously within…

Read more
first-koenigsegg-gemera-prototype.jpg

Koenigsegg Gemera prototype ready for testing | Koenigsegg Gemera

We’ve seen the Koenigsegg Gemera before, but only as a concept car, production isn’t planned before 2023, and it is introduced as the world’s first MEGA-GT, this is an ultra-high…

Read more
1652721165_978_Racing-Technology-in-Modern-Supercars-7.jpg

Racing Technology from the Past 5 Years in Today’s Supercars

It’s no secret that the rise of sports cars in the 50s and 60s came about because of racing. One could watch a Ferrari 250 GTO race at Le Mans…

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.