GTA Motors revealed for the first time in full production form, the GTA Spano, at the Geneva Motor Show. After five years of hard work, it is finally finished. Last year, the carmaker revealed a pre-production concept in Geneva as well. under the hood it has an 8.3-liter V10 engine capable of developing 820 horsepower and 960 Nm of torque and to send all the output to the rear wheels, the carmaker equipped the car with a seven-speed automatic or manual transmission. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and to reach a top speed of 350 km/h. The model will be built as a limited edition and the price is still a mystery.
"There was a time without time, where the moon shone high in the sky. One night, absent-mindedly, she approached the Earth and got caught in the branches of a tree.
From the Darkness, a wolf appeared, projecting its Majestic shadow on to the hill. Howls and moonlight were witnesses of their loving relationship. But all stories come to an end, and the wolf returned to the wood while the Moon climbed back up into the sky".
As legend has it on this magical night, the wolf caught the shining of the moon in its eyes, and the moon stole the wolf's shadow to dress itself as night. Since that time, the wolf howls at the Moon for it to return its shadow."
Following the example of the large automobile industry companies, an animal figure was chosen as the GTA symbol, in this case the wolf as a symbol of light which represents strength and courage. Besides, this animal happens to be the symbol of the coat of arms of the founder's and company owner's surname, Domingo Ochoa. Of the so-called "aquitano" origin, the surname Ochoa comes from Otxoa, and from the word Otsoa, meaning wolf. The logotype also depicts a red and white checked flag, these being the distinguishing marks of GTA Motor that has more than 15 years' motorsport competition behind it.
Having constructed Spano, GTA Motor intended to go down in history, in both Spain and the world, by following with the legend of sports cars manufactured by other Spanish mythical makes. Nowadays they are considered masterpieces, and are greatly appreciated by collectors and are, at times, of incalculable value. Spano was born as the fastest and most powerful automobile ever built in Spain for commercial purposes. In short, it is the car that will mark an era.
After 15 years of top automobile motorsport, five years ago GTA Motor decided to go one step forward and make director Domingo Ochoa's dream come true; build a supersports car that combines all the automobile technology with perfect sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity.
So with more than 30 year's experience in the automobile sector, Ochoa set the basis to accomplish his project, a leading Spanish supersports car in an attempt to combine the select and reduced club of handcrafted constructors.
The technological experience and the development of applied innovations became the basic factor behind this project, and contributed revolutionary technical solutions in the automobile sector. GTA intends to convert this technological transfer into a launching point for a new pioneering automobile industry in Spain.
Designed by GTA Motor's engineering director, Valencian-born Sento Pallard?, GTA Spano boasts the most advanced technology, innovative aesthetics, researched aerodynamics and a good number of solutions for the future, all of which are capable of competing with international prestigious brands in terms of both image and performance.
As a sign of its exclusivity, only 99 models of this extraordinary supersports car will be built to order and several world patents have been obtained. Indeed it is a car that is the beginning of an industry which leads to job creation and to also transfer the resulting technology to other sectors of society.
GTA Motor's design department, directed by Sento Pallard?, has strived to create a unique automobile that resembles no other car in any way. In this way, a preliminary design has evolved until the present-day, which has succeeded in combining sportsmanship, elegance and exclusivity in a single concept. In other words, a very different style to that which currently exists on the international automobile scene.
One of Spano's main distinguishing features lies in its lateral view, where doors fit perfectly into air intakes which, apart from performing an aerodynamic function, refrigerate elements such as oil coolers, power-assisted steering and brakes, among others. Its design is original and unprecedented, which is yet another distinguishing mark of Concept. As in all true sportscars, the doors have not doorframes.
Access to the interior is accomplished by pressing the GTA logotype, rendering it a more elegant design without traditional handles.
Its frontal view affords it with a strong personality along with its two large lateral air intakes and its convex bonnet, completed with an aerodynamic streamlining zone to facilitate the air flow, thus providing it an athletic look.
At the rear, the design department has attempted to create the best way to channel the air that flows under the car. The resulting effect is a rear design with plenty of character, marked by the use of glass with its small openings that perform a refrigeration function for the engine. The wing fits perfectly into the design with under air channelling, while the two air intakes and the twin exhaust system emphasise the vehicle's sport character. There is a rear barrel to channel air and to improve the aerodynamic load.
The wing mirrors have been designed as a framework with a carbon fibre finish and a wing-like arm, built in aeronautical mechanised aluminium.
The large glazed surface affords the vehicle a strong quality, another of its distinguishing features. The vehicle has a patented interior lighting and liquid crystal shading system, and the degree of light required inside may be regulated. Its completely novel sun visors are set into the glass and boast the same technology.
Its electrically-operated windows have been made according to state-of-the-art technology, in such a way that tracks are maintenance-free and work-problem free at various temperatures.
The wheels, 19" at the front and 20" at the rear, are characterised by their angular shape. They have been designed specifically and exclusively for this car model, with offers a continuousness effect with the chassis. There is a flat exterior part that perfoms an aerodynamic function, offering greater resistance and involving less weight.
The interior design has been achieved with high-quality materials such as leather and carbon fibre. There is ample space; indeed a person over 2 meters high can be comfortably seated inside. Its panoramic glass roof enhances the sense of spaciousness and also improves luminosity inside.
The dashboard has been designed to transmit the car's values; although it has a sporting look, it is also elegant to give an impression of luxury and comfort.
The prevalent feature of the instrument panel is an LCD screen, which can be personalised according to the customer's requirements and provides the driver with all the necessary information. It includes every button required to adjust the high front bodywork, the rear wing and also the glass roof opacity system.
The steering wheel is made out of carbon fibre and leather, another typical sporting feature of this vehicle. A joystick is located behind the steering wheel to operate lights, wipers and indicators.
Its Recaro seats, made totally out of leather, are another feature of its sport design and are perfectly held. They display the brand's anagrams, thus affording the vehicle more exclusivity. The seats also have an electrical adjustment system with heating and refrigeration.
One of Spano's innovations is that there is no central rear-view mirror; instead there is a rear camera that projects onto the LCD screen and is aptly located on the dashboard. It also has a wide-angle camera to facilitate parking manoeuvres which automatically connects after activating the rear gear. Interior lights also use LED technology.
The dashboard has a large state-of-the-art 7" LCD screen with several functions such as navigation, radio with MP3 CD, an iPod port and Bluetooth for mobile phones.
GTA has two boots; a 100-litre front one and a 200-litre rear one; which are not inconsiderable for a vehicle of such characteristics. The front boot has a reverse opening system to make the task of loading luggage easier.
There are also two glove compartments, one located in the central compartment and the other on the front passenger's side. It is possible to refrigerate them and they also include a drinks holder.
Spano has also incorporated practical compartments into both doors. The interior colour range varies according to the customer's preferences.
Quality and elegance are the main characteristics of the GTA interior design, which is also fully equipped.
GTA has developed a special engine for this car, and has opted for a V10, 8.3 litre engine placed in a longitudinal rear position. It has 820 HP and 960 Nm torque.
GTA's technicians have worked hard to enhance the compressor so that GTA achieves amazing performances at a top speed of over 350 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 Km/h in under three seconds. These figures place it directly among the five fastest cars commercialised in the world. The precision of the engine's control unit helps the engine to offer and increase in power progressively under all circumstances.
Spano also has an electronic power control system, supplied according to the customer's wishes, which regulates power from a minimum of 450 cv to maximum power.
The gearbox is available in two options, all of which have seven gears: automatically sequential 7 speed with a paddle shift steering wheel or manual sequential.
Chassis and dynamic performance
The chassis has been one of aspects on which special emphasis has been placed during the construction of Spano. The most state-of-the-art technologies have been applied to the automobile world, thus making Spano not only one of the few cars in the world with aeronautical components, but also a reference on the automobile scene.
The chassis has been built completely out of carbon fibre, titanium and Kevlar, whose rigidity is four times greater than that of today's presently commercialised supersport cars, which offers the best level of safety. With this technology, the weight of the monocoque is only 56 kg, while total weight is 1350 kg, with all the liquids and the most convenient equipment on board.
Thanks to its special chassis outline and the materials used, GTA has great traction capacity and is easy to drive, unlike what one might think of a car whose power is 820 hp. In this case, it offers a turning circle of 10.8 meters to assist driving, with very impressive manoeuvrability.
To bring this huge potential to a standstill, GTA's braking system includes 380 mm-diameter carbon ceramic ventilated disc brakes and 6-piston callipers supplied by AP Racing, with pneumatic assistance and ABS. GTA Spano also has a sophisticated traction control system.
The tyres are manufactured exclusively for this car by Pirelli: 255/35 on a 19" front wheel and 335/30 on a 20" rear wheel. Spano also offers self-adjusting shock absorbers which are capable of raising the car by up to 8 cm to avoid potholes and regular speed bumps on roads, and to facilitate access to garages. It also has twin trapezium suspension, which enables all kinds of adjustments.
GTA has come to distribution agreements with the most important companies on the world automobile scene. GTA has previous agreements in countries such as China, United Arab Emirates, USA, Russia, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand. Nowadays, GTA Motor continues negotiating with other countries to increase and consolidate its distribution chain.
GTA's maintenance and after-sales service exclusivity are defined by firms with ample experience which fulfil all the requirements expected by GTA. In short, it has sought maximum quality in all the brand's actions with no discrimination per geographical area.
GTA Motor has a number of partners and coworkers which participate in the undertaking of its project, and directly apply their products and technologies, or participate by directly contributing financially.
These partners enjoy a number of exceptional conditions to diffuse their participation in the project, as well as a good number of clear advantages when it comes to negotiating their conditions as suppliers for the GTA project. GTA has contracts with different Spanish, American and Italian companies, which provide GTA with their know-how and the use of patents. This relationship improves technological knowledge of all the company's components, and the collaborating parties could also benefit from this collaboration relationship with GTA Motor.
CHASSIS AND BODYWORK
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