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(from Spyker Press
Release) World Debut of the Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder
PEBBLE BEACH, California
(15 August 2009) - Spyker Cars, manufacturer of exclusive,
hand-crafted sports cars since 2000, today introduced the first
prototype of the Spyder version of its all-new second-generation
sports car, the Spyker C8 Aileron. The Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder was
unveiled at the Spyker lounge on Peter Hay Hill on Saturday, and
subsequently displayed on the concept lawn at the 59th Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance on Sunday.
Spyker Cars announced the development of a convertible C8 Aileron
Spyder in March at the Geneva Auto Show, during the introduction of
the production version of the Spyker C8 Aileron. The car presented
today is the first prototype for the open-top model, scheduled to go
into production in the first half of 2010.
"Spyker Cars has taken the next step in our short but intense
history with the launch of our second-generation sports car," said
Victor R. Muller, Spyker Cars' founder and Chief Executive Officer.
"We are currently presenting the first Spyker C8 Ailerons to
customers, dealers and press around the world, and the response has
been very enthusiastic."
"The C8 Aileron Spyder is a logical extension to our range of
vehicles, since we have both hard-top and convertible versions of
the short-wheelbase model," said Muller. "The Aileron Spyder will
offer open-top motoring along with all the usual Spyker
characteristics, striking aviation-inspired styling and hand-crafted
quality, based on the exclusive use of noble materials."
The Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder
The Spyker C8 Aileron
Spyder sports a high-quality, semi-automatic canvas soft-top. The
roof's operation is electric/hydraulic, secured by one central latch
Once folded, the soft-top is totally enclosed within the body of the
car, allowing for an undisturbed profile. The roof retracts under an
aluminium tonneau, with two buttresses upholstered in quilted
Hulshof leather (matching the car's interior) and featuring the
company's motto "Nulla Tenaci Invia Est Via" ("For the tenacious, no
road is impassable"). The soft top has a glass rear window and is
available in eight colours.
The Aileron Spyder features a luggage rack, CNC-machined from solid
billets of aluminium, mounted immediately behind the roll hoops, on
which a wing-shaped aluminium case is strapped. The case is trimmed
in the same quilted leather as the interior and buttresses.
Spyker C8 Aileron: the
The Spyker C8 Aileron is
an advanced mid-engine, two-seat sports car, featuring a longer
wheelbase than Spyker's existing sports cars, the C8 Laviolette and
convertible C8 Spyder. The Aileron is characterized by a distinctive
design, lightweight all-aluminium body construction and an
uncompromising engineering package. The Spyker C8 Aileron is
hand-crafted, using only the finest bespoke materials to create a
unique automotive statement.
The Aileron features an all-aluminium V8 engine producing 400 bhp
and generating 354 lbs of torque at 3,400 rpm. The engine is paired
to a manual six-speed gearbox, driving the rear wheels via a limited
slip differential. For the first time, Spyker is offering an
optional automatic transmission on the C8 Aileron. The Aileron
delivers a top speed of 300km/h (187 mph) and accelerates from
standstill to 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Optional features include a turned aluminium dashboard fascia,
elegant 19-inch directional rotor wheels, branded Rotorblade(TM),
quilted leather detailing for the cockpit and Chronoswiss dashboard
instruments. Additionally, complete custom and unique finishes are
available for the experienced connoisseur. Customers may also order
a 5-piece Louis Vuitton luggage set exclusively made for Spyker.
The Spyker C8 Aileron's
all-aluminium space frame was completely redesigned with the
objective to increase torsional rigidity and to incorporate an
all-new suspension system designed and supplied by Lotus. These
characteristics provide an ideal foundation for enhanced vehicle
Moreover, the C8 Aileron's dimensions have been optimised for more
interior space and to accommodate the optional automatic gearbox.
Compared to the short wheelbase of the first-generation cars - the
Spyker C8 Laviolette and C8 Spyder - the wheelbase of the C8 Aileron
is 150 mm longer, providing more driving comfort and stability at
high speeds. Its front track has increased by 6.1 inches (155 mm).
The total dimensions of the front and rear track are now 63.98
inches (1625 mm) and 64.76 inches (1645 mm) respectively, which
improves road handling significantly.
Spyker has put tremendous effort in the spaceframe performance of
the C8 Aileron, specifically the structure's efficiency. The
utilisation of modern finite elements and numerical optimisation
methods has allowed Spyker's engineers to arrive at an exceptionally
stiff structure of 29.500Nm/degree. Rigid-node and load-path
technology has been employed in order to ensure that the minimum
amount of aluminium is used to achieve this performance, thus
reducing the overall weight of the vehicle.Â The dynamic stiffness
characteristics of the structure have been carefully tuned in order
to minimise unwanted cabin noises and vibrations, which may
otherwise detract from the driving experience.Â These technologies
and measures have allowed Spyker to arrive at the most efficient
chassis in its history and certainly one of the best in class.
The design of the
hand-crafted Spyker C8 Aileron and Aileron Spyder represents the
latest evolution of Spyker's signature architecture, which is
heavily inspired by the company's aviation heritage. In the
first-generation cars, the propeller design was consistently applied
to many elements of the vehicles. Within the design of the new
Spyker C8 Aileron, the emphasis was shifted from the propeller
propulsion to the turbine propulsion. As a result, for instance, the
bright polished air inlets were converted into turbine-engine-shaped
In order to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car, several
changes in styling were made. Most of the shark-like gills have been
abandoned, which results in a cleaner, smoother appearance. The
front end is now characterized by a larger grille that allows
additional cooling. Also the rear diffuser was redesigned for
improved functionality. An extra spoiler has been placed under the
diffuser, providing additional down force to boost the ground effect
produced by the diffuser.
Sometimes practicality gains over design: the split side windows
with the characteristic metal frame have been replaced by
single-pane side windows that are fully retractable, improving
The outside mirrors, standard in body colour, were redesigned and
the mirror body is mounted on two turbine fan blades.
The rear lights are made of LEDs (light-emitting diodes). LED lights
were also used for the indicators and the sidelights in the
redesigned headlight units. The style of the headlights is
particularly eye-catching as they follow the body design more
closely. This characteristic styling can be defined as a part of the
(future) Spyker identity first seen on the Spyker C12 Laturbie and
subsequently in the Spyker D8 Peking-to-Paris, which will use the
identical headlight units to those of the Aileron.
The C8 Aileron Spyder is available in 16 standard colours, but
customers may choose any colour they wish as an option, as well as
the Spyker Squadron GT2 colour scheme.Â The standard colours have
been developed by Sikkens Autolakken Nederland and AkzoNobel Car
Refinishes. Spyker selected these companies because of their high
quality standards and their ability to meet special requirements.
Some of the standard colours have been created especially for the C8
The Spyker C8 Aileron
uses the Audi 4.2 litre V8 engine, delivering 400 bhp and is
available with two transmission alternatives. The first one is a
6-speed Getrag manual gearbox, with ratios perfectly matched to the
V8 engine. A ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox is optional, which comes
standard with paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. Both
transmissions retain Spyker's trademark exposed gear change
Thanks to its longer
chassis, the Spyker C8 Aileron has more interior space, which
results in a higher comfort level and improved ergonomics. The
interior, with its signature Spyker attention to detail, is made of
the highest quality leather, from the Litano range of the Dutch
Royal Tannery Hulshof. The leather interior is available in 14
standard colours, but any other colour - if desired by the customer
- can be ordered as an option.
The brushed aluminium dashboard was completely redesigned to suit
the new Spyker identity and to improve ergonomics and functionality,
including driver and passenger airbags. Air vents are designed in
turbine style and the performance and distribution of the air
conditioning was improved significantly. A multifunctional LCD
display is integrated between the speedometer and the odometer. The
middle console accommodates the standard Kharma sound system (see
In-Car Entertainment). A turned aluminium dashboard, as well as
Chronoswiss (Spyker's watch manufacturing partner) dials and
switches, are available as an option.
More space was created around the Spyker's characteristic
floor-mounted pedal box. The impression of professional
functionality and ergonomic styling is enhanced by the optimised
positioning of the door handle and the hand-brake lever.
With more cars going
into the market and the increased popularity of the iPod and similar
products, demand rose for a standard factory-fitted sound system. As
a result, every Spyker C8 Aileron will feature a Kharma audio system
as standard equipment, incorporating a digital radio, Bluetooth
interface, iPod connectivity and a navigation system. The Kharma
sound system offers a turbine-shaped control mounted on the central
gearlever bar and a dashboard display, paired to six Kharma
loudspeakers. It can be upgraded with an optional audio package.
The presence of a Kharma sound system in the Spyker C8 Aileron marks
Kharma's debut in the world of automotive entertainment. Kharma
International produces high-end audio products, sold worldwide
through a network of highly qualified distributors and dealers. All
Kharma sound systems are developed, assembled and tested in the
Netherlands, with the utmost care by a team of highly engaged
specialists. These characteristics of high-quality products and
exclusiveness are fully in line with Spyker's brand values of
craftsmanship and exclusivity.
Suspension & Wheels
The C8 Aileron is fitted
with a brand new front and rear independent double-wishbone
suspension system developed by Lotus. The new suspension system
includes a new kinematic layout of the front and rear suspension,
front and rear stabilizer bars, mono-tube dampers, coil over damper
steel springs, anti-dive and anti-squat setup for improved handling
properties. The suspension components are made of forged aluminium
where possible, to keep the vehicle's unsprung weight as low as
possible. Shock absorbers are placed vertically within the
The Aeroblade(TM) wheels of the first-generation cars are replaced
by newly-designed 19-inch alloy wheels. New 12-blade, 19-inch
directional rotor wheels, branded Rotorblade(TM), are available as
an option. These wheels are inspired by the turbine blades of a jet
engine, which hints at the new styling direction while respecting
the aviation heritage. The 235/35 size tires in front and up to
295/30 at the rear provide exceptional handling.
The C8 Aileron's brakes
are supplied by AP Racing, a partner from day one. Black brake
callipers with Spyker script are standard. Colour-coded callipers
with Spyker script can be ordered as an option. Carbon ceramic
brakes will be available as an option soon.
The Spyker C8 Aileron
comes with an unlimited 3-year manufacturer's warranty.