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Audacious DUTCH DESIGN Spyker C8 Aileron

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ow, in the 21st Century, Spyker has realised yet another feat with the development of its C8 Aileron, the second generation of the C8, which made its world debut in 2002. Since then, it has seen a very limited production run of just 250 units. Following the same basic formula as the original C8 – which, with its aluminium frame, mid-engine layout, and Audi-sourced 400hp, 4.2-litre V8 engine was pegged as the Netherlands’

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answer to the Shelby Cobra and the Dodge Viper – the C8 Aileron may be construed by some as one and the same car. And how wrong these misinformed folks would be, as this is a completely new car with a completely new set of intentions. For starters, the C8 Aileron’s allaluminium space frame was completely redesigned from scratch in a bid to increase torsional rigidity and to incorporate an all-new suspension system. Spyker put tremendous effort into the space frame performance of the Aileron, specifically the structure’s

efficiency. The dynamic stiffness characteristics of the structure were carefully tuned to minimise unwanted cabin noises and vibrations. These technologies have allowed Spyker to arrive at the most efficient chassis in its history, and are the basis for the enhanced vehicle dynamics. The design of the hand-crafted Aileron represents the latest evolution of Spyker’s signature architecture, which is prominently inspired by the company’s aviation heritage. The Aileron’s proportions are perfectly balanced: the long overhang at the

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