A Greek company is developing a 3000 hp V10 hypercar
Could it be the next hero from Mount Olympus?
Greece is a place where legends are born. The great myths of the Greek gods, Hercules and many others. The epic battles of ancient times. The founding of the first ever democracy. The inauguration of the Olympic Games. Now it looks like the Greeks could be adding yet another legend to their arsenal in the form of one of the most ridiculous cars likely to ever be produced.
The very possibly appropriately named Chaos is currently being developed by Spyros Panopoulos Automotive, an Athenian upstart led by its founder of the same name. Panopoulos has already gained some notoriety in the automotive world as the head of Extreme Tuners, a company that's been making high performance parts for cars since 1999. He actually holds a world record for the most powerful four cylinder car, a 2000 hp Mitsubishi Lancer Evo! Spyros Panopoulos Automotive, therefore, is the next logical step from that; why not transition from making parts for cars into making an entire car from the ground up?
The claimed power figures of the Chaos are absolutely phenomenal. It's said to be equipped with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V10 that'll push out a power output of somewhere in the region of 2000-3000 hp, revving up to between 11000 and 12000 rpm. This is all depending on what state of tune you choose, as there will be two different versions of the powertrain. The lesser powered version will put out 2000 hp, rev up to 11000 rpm and run on petrol, with fairly standard components in the engine. The higher powered 3000 hp and 12000 rpm version will run on E85 biofuel and have exotic engine components such as ceramic pistons and carbon-fibre injectors.
Both versions of the engine, however, will run through an eight speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and have power delivered to all four wheels via a Torsen differential. Whilst we don't know what the power and torque split is going to be like on the AWD system quite yet, it's estimated that it'll be a 35% front, 65% rear split. That should allow it to have serious traction off the line (it could potentially do the 0-62 sprint in under 2 seconds!) whilst giving it the ability to get the tail out and give some seriously lively handling around the corners.
A very interesting part of the car will be the interior, which will apparently have no buttons at all. Spyros Panopoulos Automotive claims that everything in the car will be controlled by gestures. Whilst this sounds very cool in theory, it remains to be seen how well this system will actually work in practice.
Spyros Panopoulos Automotive wants to release the new hypercar at the 2021 Geneva Motorshow (which hopefully won't be cancelled like this year's was!), as well as a second hypercar that will be "10 years ahead of its time". Let's hope we get thoroughly blown away then once the covers are taken off both the Chaos and the other super-futuristic hypercar next year! If all goes well, Greece could have created yet another mythical hero worthy of a place on Mount Olympus. If not, it could end up like other super high-powered hypercars from plucky upstarts like the infamous Devel Sixteen. Let's hope it's more Rimac than Devel...