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