GIR Erster Beitrag: 17. Oktober 2003 Letzter Beitrag: 28. Oktober 2003 Some of you know Spyker and an even lesser number of you know the Spyker C8 Spyder. I don't know how I let this pass by me I guess all noise made by the big boys at the IAA distracted me too much, but at the IAA Spyker premiered their all new Spyker C8 Spyder T. Looks just like the regular C8 Spyder, all the changes are under the hood of the beast. Engine Design Audi V8 bi-turbo engine with 90-degree block angle. Capacity : 4172 cc Power : 331 kW (525 Bhp) at 5700 rpm – 6400 rpm Torque : 560 Nm at 1950 rpm m- 5600 rpm Maximum revolutions : 7500 rpm Yes read those torque figures again Transmission Sequential or manual six-speed gearbox without electronic intervention. Rear wheel drive, with optional limited slip differential. Switchable ASR (traction control) and ABS. Chassis and suspension Aluminium space frame clad with aluminium panels carries fully adjustable F1-style independent suspension in stainless steel, with Koni in board shock absorbers. Uprights CNC machined from solid billets of aluminium. Electrical system Decentralised wiring system Brake system Twin-circuit brake system with adjustable brake balance. 6-piston aluminium brake callipers at the front, 4-piston aluminium brake callipers at the rear with ventilated brake discs. Brake disc diameter, front and rear, 356/330 mm. Wheels and tyres Forged ATS alloy rims with central locknuts Front tyres, 225/40ZR 18 (Dunlop Sport) Rear tyres, 265/35ZR 18 (Dunlop Sport) Magnesium Spyker 19” Aeroblade™ wheels are optional Front tyres 235/35 ZR19 Rear tyres 265/30 ZR19 Sizes and weights Kerb weight 1200 kgs Wheelbase 2575mm Front track 1440 mm Rear track 1620 mm Length 4185 mm Width (ex mirrors) 1920 mm Height 1065 mm Fuel tank capacity 100 liters (22 gallons) Performance Spyker C8 Spyder T Top speed 320 km/h Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds 4 secs Price Spyker C8 Spyder T from € 232.500,- (exclusive any taxes and ex factory) --------- So what's changed? Apart from the obvious turbo chargers the car has a wider track, extended wheel arches incorporated into the body and a small rear spoiler so it can handle the increased power output. Moreover, the car has additional front wing louvres, sill louvres and Koni’s newest four way F1 shock absorbers. The all new sequential gearbox is a premier for Spyker aswell. I guess Spyker decided to step off manuals and goto sequentials because they're better suited for racing. Last Le Mans race they had to replace their box 3 times. They also were one of few who still had a full manual box in their cars. Full manual boxes are just not suited for racing conditions and I think it's a good thing they will be using sequential boxes from now on. It is anticipated that the Spyder T will go into production the second half of 2004 with the intention of building 25 prior to the 2005 race season. They want to build 25 to qualify it as a production car and thus qaulify for ACO (Le Mans and American Le Mans series rules) as well as FIA GT rules. It is a little bit pricey compared to the competition, but for that price you do get a custom buildt car just for you. There maybe other Spyker C8's running around but none of them will be like yours. Just take a look at their order from, almost all options have a choice "Other". You even can specify the initial setup of the car Road use Comfort, Road use Sport or Track use and what's even more amazing is you also can order a hand made 1:18 scale model of your Spyker. But then again it doesn't leave much room for the SLR, Ferrari and Lambo. I think if Spyker keeps this up Ferrari has something to fear.