‘Project Chaos’ plans to unveil 3,000-horsepower ‘ultra-car’ at Geneva 2021

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Spyros Panopoulos’ 'Project Chaos' plans to unveil its 3,000-horsepower 'ultra-car' at the 2021 Geneva Motor Show | Spyros Panopoulos photos

“A new term is needed because a new category is being born,” it says on the Spyros Panopoulos’ website. “It is called ultra-car. A car far more advanced than anything else out there. Something that will move and impress any car and speed enthusiast…

“Faster than anything produced right now, more advanced in all areas, with new technologies and innovative materials. With a power to weight ratio which is close to 2:1, where for every 2 hp there is 1 kilogram of mass…  the driver will be able to experience accelerations up to 3G, for specific distances and conditions.”

Spyros Panopoulos

Fortunately, the site immediately notes that to handle such a car, “This may require the driver to have special driving skills and a better perception of space in order to reach the vehicle’s potentials.”

The car is being developed under the umbrella of “Project ‘Chaos’,“ and according to newatlas.com, it will be produced in limited numbers in two versions, both powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V10 engine with aluminum, titanium, and ceramic-compound components and turning at as much as 12,000 rpm and producing as much as 3,000 horsepower. 

Newatlas notes that Panopoulos has developed 3D-printed components made strong but light through the “anadiaplasi” (folding) process that gives them “alien, organic shapes.”

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Brake disc with anadiaplasi caliper

Panopoulos’ education was in computer programming and applied solutions. He founded a company in 1997 in Greece to pull more power from production-car engines and has been involved in a variety of forms of motorsports, as a supplier and also as a competitor, reportedly holding the acceleration record for a 4-cylinder vehicle with 4-wheel drive, a modified Mitsubishi Evo 9 that sped to 308 km/h (191 mph) in little more than 400 meters.

Panopoulos’ goal is a vehicle weighing little more than 2,500 pounds (the monocoque chassis is made from Zylon, which Newatlas describes as a thermoset liquid-crystalline polyoxazole material 1.6 times stronger than Kevlar. Such a vehicle would be capable of exceeding 310 mph. 

Piston and connecting rod

Panopoulos plans to unveil his vehicle at the 2021 Geneva Motor Show.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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