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Hispano Suiza Carmen Attacks the Goodwood Hill, It's Not the Prettiest Hypercar We've Seen

Having officially returned to the United States earlier this year, attending the 2022 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and delivering a vehicle to their first American customer, Hispano Suiza has now marked an appearance at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed too.
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For the UK event, which kicked off yesterday, June 23, Hispano Suiza has prepared a silver copy of the Carmen, with Michelin tires on its feet, which took on the famous hill climb with former Formula 1 driver, and brand ambassador, Luis Perez-Sala, at the helm.

The hill climb is very entertaining, full of fast bends, and the slope is quite steep,” Perez-Sala said. “The Carmen behaved very well, and I am looking forward to driving it again,” he added, as the electric hypercar will go up the hill twice a day, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Named after the granddaughter of the company’s founder and mother of the President, Carmen Mateu, the Hispano Suiza Carmen features a script that is a direct representation of her signature. It is inspired by the Dubonnet Xenia of the 1930s, and it’s not exactly the prettiest exotic model out there, nor the most affordable for that matter, as it has a starting price of €1.5 million over in Europe, equaling to almost $1.6 million at today’s exchange rates.

Limited to 19 units only, the Carmen features a pair of electric motors powering the rear wheels, which generate a combined 1,005 hp (1,019 ps / 750 kW), and are backed up by an 80 kWh battery pack. The automaker claims that it can hit 62 mph (100 kph) in less than 3 seconds from a standstill and that it can keep pushing up to an electronically limited top speed of 155 kph (250 kph). The Carmen Boulogne variant has 1,098 hp (1,114 ps / 819 kW) to play with, and can complete the sprint in 2.6 seconds.

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