Spyker's Boss Alive after Assassination Attempt
The Russian owner of Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker, Alexander Antonov, must have a lot of enemies since he was on the verge of losing his life after an assassination attempt that took place in Moscow last Wednesday.
According to autocar.co.uk, Antonov was injured in the stomach and lost his finger following a gun attack. Spyker's boss was just leaving his house in Moscow when the attacker fired 18 times. Five bullets hit him in the stomach, one in the chest and another one in the finger. One of his security guards was injured in the leg by Antonov's attacker.
Another security guard took Antonov immediately to the hospital, while his wife, terrified by the shots, called the cops. Police has started to search the attacker but so far no arrests have been made. As for the Spyker's boss, it is believed that his wounds are not life-threatening.
The reasons for the attack are not yet known but his fortune of about £2.5 billion might be one of the causes. After all, let's not forget that people that bathe in money these days are not really among the most praised ones on the planet.
We have no information whatsoever about the Dutch automaker being hit by the financial downturn but we know that it introduced a new Spyker model at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, after having launched the C8 Aileron prototype in 2008. The 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron is powered by a mid-mounted Audi 4.2-liter V8 engine that develops a maximum power of 400 hp. The car reaches 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, with maximum speed rated at 300 km/h (187 mph).