Spyker Cars at Frankfurt Share Comments As an ongoing pursuit, VWvortex plans to cover not only Volkswagen Group products, but also to provide coverage of specialty vehicles or niche manufacturers who use major Volkswagen components. Using that criteria, the road-going Spyker C8 models, equipped with their modified Audi V8 engines, certainly qualify for coverage. Below is a portion of Spyker’s Press Release from the 2003 Frankfurt IAA. Over the next few months, we’ll also provide even more specific information about Spyker Cars’ specific offerings in addition to their colorful history. Spyker Cars of Baarn, the Netherlands is proud to present its cars for the second time at the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung in Frankfurt, Germany. Two years ago, on 11 September 2001 at 1.30 hours in the afternoon, Spyker unveiled its prototype of the C8 Double12 R, the car with which Spyker subsequently competed at Sebring and Le Mans. A mere one and a half hours after that unveiling ceremony the world changed forever. Fortunately the tide seems to have turned for the better. Brief History Since October 2000 when the Spyker C8 Spyder was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show, Spyker has established a strong foothold in the super car market niche. Hand built in the best tradition of the old Spykers, these cars are assembled by the most dedicated craftsmen of our time using the very best materials available. Each car is created with passion for the most passionate of drivers. For owners who desire a car built specifically for them, the Spyker combines classic beauty with state-of-the-art technology. It is built for owners who appreciate spectacular performance, put to the test in the international race arena and for owners who value exclusivity over today’s world of mass production. The Spyker C8 Spyder won instant acclaim and was awarded the 2000 Institute of Vehicle Engineers Design Award on 18 October 2000. The Spyker C8 Laviolette, a coupe reminiscent of jet fighters was shown at the Amsterdam Motor Show in February 2001. And subsequently the Spyker Double12 R, Spyker’s Le Mans Endurance Racer, was at the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2001. The street version of the Spyker C8 Double12, the so called “S”, was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show in October 2002. In the meantime, countless other concours d’ellegance and events were attended in Europe and the USA. Production commenced in March 2002 and the first cars were delivered to customers at the end of that year. In the 2003 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Spyker won its greatest victory so far: finishing 10th in class and 30th overall with the totally in-house prepared Spyker C8 Double12 R chassis number 009. Victor Muller, Spyker CEO; “It was truly a dream come true when we finished on June 15th at 4PM. We feel that we have succeeded in demonstrating that our basically standard road cars are capable of competing at the highest levels in the international race arena. By doing so, we enhance our brand recognition worldwide and have caught the attention and won the hearts of many passionate car enthusiasts around the globe.” Production In 2003, 22 new Spyker cars will be delivered to their owners. The customers of a new Spyker can follow the assembly of the car by the “Spy Cam”, a dedicated web cam system developed in conjunction with TRESPARC (www.tresparc.nl). Moreover, a digital personal car file is available to owners and dealers of every car produced. It entails the build sheet and any work and service carried out during the life span of the car in question. In view of demand, Spyker is currently investing heavily in expanding is production capacity to 50 cars in 2004 and 100 cars in 2005. Technology Partners Spyker has been able and will be able to move ahead so expeditiously only because it has sought cooperation with the best possible partners right from the start. Convetry Prototype Panels (www.coventryprototypepanels.co.uk) and Polynorm (www.polynorm.com) were instrumental in chassis development. Further technology partnerships were entered into with Koni (www.koni.com), Philips Automotive Lighting (www.philips.com) , Eibach Springs (www.eibach.com), Shell (www.shell.com) and Cosworth Technology. All of these partners are heavily involved in the technical development of our product. Expansion of Distribution In terms of distribution, Spyker is progressing internationally. Effective September 1, 2003, Future Motors of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (www.futuremotors.com) have been appointed dealers for the Gulf region. From the fabulous location in Dubai City, Spyker will be prominently represented in this territory so densely populated by supercars. Inder the name of “Spyker Cars of the Gulf”, Omar Bin Dhaher will manage Spyker’s operation in the territory. Omar Bin Dhaher: “We are very proud to represent this prestigious mark in our territory from our Dubai showroom. We will present these high quality hand-built supercars to a very educated audience. Our customers are used to us presenting them only the best products on the globe and we render the highest possible level of service to each and every one of them. We are very proud to announce that Spyker will be present at the 7th Middle East International Motor Show to be held on December 11th through 15th 2003 in the Dubai International Exhibition Center. For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums to the left. For more photos of the car in this story, click on the link to our gallery at the right.