Supercar central – aka the Goodwood corner of Sussex in summer – had plenty of new mega-machines to delight fans this year. But one debutant at the 2017 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard was as much surprise as delight…
JUL 20th 2017
Boreas – the greenest 200mph supercar?
That was the Boreas. Unveiled only weeks before FoS at Le Mans, the giant supercar was making its UK premiere in the Michelin pavilion at FoS, where it attracted huge interest.
Boreas means what exactly? Think Scirocco, Ghibli, Bora, Huayra…yes, it’s a wind. Boreas is god of the wind in Greek mythology. Boreas, the car, is not Greek – it hails from Alicante in Spain – and as FoS visitors now know it’s no myth either. The plan is to build 12 for the world, echoing the current vogue for limited production supercars.
The car is the work of the Spanish industrial design and engineering company DSD Design & Motorsport. They have made lots of things, including a yacht, but never a supercar before. The Boreas has been 10 years in the making though, and its appearance at Goodwood at the end of June was very much a dream come true for DSD.
What’s special about the Boreas? It’s a plug-in hybrid with 200bhp electric motor up front and 800bhp V8 behind, for a total system output of 1000bhp.
The days when we would be astonished at such power are long gone of course. But in other ways the supercar from Spain takes its own unique road, as DSD’s David Sancho Domingo explains: “We wanted a car that was cool and green at the same time, which is why the Boreas has an electric-only range of 62 miles, far more than most hybrid supercars. It’s the first green supercar.”
Despite its environmental aims, the Boreas should not be short of performance, with a top speed comfortably past 200mph, according to David.
The DSD boss adds: “We also wanted to introduce something more elegant than most supercars, with less aggressive looks. The car is very avant garde in its design and execution.” Certainly the two-seat mid-engined machine’s tautly-surfaced expanse of carbon-fibre bodywork got a big thumbs up from FoS visitors.
The Boreas at Goodwood was a static model only but DSD aims to have the first running prototype ready for people to try in the autumn, with build of the first customer car due to start in January. DSD says production will be limited to just 12 cars.
We look forward to seeing a Boreas unleashing its 1000bhp at FoS in the future. It could just be a Spanish supercar to really put the wind up the opposition…