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Swedish Automobile N.V. (formerly Spyker Cars N.V.) (Euronext SPYKR) is a Dutch hand-built automobile manufacturer based in Zeewolde, in the Netherlands and not related to or controlled by the previous Spyker company that went bankrupt in 1929. The modern Spyker Cars only has the legal right to the brand name. The company's motto is "Nulla tenaci invia est via," which is Latin for "For the tenacious, no road is impassable."

The company

The reborn company was founded by Victor Muller and Maarten de Bruijn, and since 2000 the company has been building exclusive sports cars like the C8 and the Spyker C8 Laviolette. Spyker's history of producing airplane engines is reflected in details in these new cars as well as in the logo.

The C8 Laviolette has a 4100 cc Audi V8 engine delivering 450 hp and a top speed of 300 km/h. On July 14, 2005 it was announced that the C8 was approved for sale on the United States market.

In 2006 the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris high-performance SUV was announced at the Geneva Motor Show, which is scheduled for production in late 2007.

Spyker Cars is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. The initial public offering was on May 27, 2004, at € 15.50, falling to a low of € 8.28 in April 2005. In 2005 the head designer Maarten de Bruijn left the company.

In September 2006, Spyker bought out the Midland F1 team. The team competed in the final 3 races of the 2006 season as Spyker MF1. In the 2007, the team competed as Spyker F1 using engines supplied by Ferrari. Driver Adrian Sutil was paired with Christijan Albers until the European Grand Prix where the latter was replaced by reserve driver Markus Winkelhock, the team then signed Sakon Yamamoto to fill in the slot for the rest of the year. The team itself had minimal success, suffering from multiple retirements (including double retirements in Malaysia, Canada and Brazil) before Sutil scored the teams first and only point in Japan. At the end of the season, the team was sold to a consortium named "Orange India" led by Vijay Mallya and was subsequently renamed as Force India.

In 2006 Spyker built the C12 La Turbie with an V12 engine capable of 500 horsepower and acceleration 0–60 mph in less than 4 seconds.

In 2007 Spyker, in collaboration with Italian car-design firm Zagato, produced the C12 Zagato, based in the La Turbie, but with more appealing body work, and the Zagato trademark roof bubbles. This is perhaps the more exclusive Spyker car to date.

In November 2009 Spyker announced that it would be moving production from Zeewolde to Whitley, Coventry, where assembly would be done in partnership with CPP Manufacturing. UK production began in February 2010.

The company changed its name to Swedish Automobile N.V. on June 15, 2011 after receiving approval at its annual shareholder meeting.


MF1 Racing becomes Spyker

Spyker C4 dashboard

On September 9, 2006, Spyker bought Midland F1 Racing, a Formula One team from Russian businessman Alex Shnaider. Spyker paid $106.6 million for the team [1] which will be re-named Spyker MF1 Team for the last three races of the 2006 Formula One season. As part of the deal, the cars will have a revised livery for the final three races of 2006. The team will also use the Dutch flag from now on (instead of the Russian flag), since Spyker is based in the Netherlands. From the 2007 season onwards the team will be named Spyker F1. [2]

2007 "Orange India" Sale

On the first of September 2007, the ailing Dutch company's formula one team Spyker F1 has been officially confirmed sold to Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, owner of Kingfisher Airlines, as part of a joint consortium, dubbed ‘Orange India’, between him, Michiel and Jan Mol. Their winning bid is reported to be (US) $110 million. Drivers being speculated to become part of this new team have included Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandok. [1]

Spyker Squadron

The Spyker Squadron is the factory racing team, competing in events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Le Mans Series, occasional entries in the FIA GT Championship, and the 12 hours of Sebring. Spyker also supplies a car to Swiss Spyker distributor, Speedy Garages, running under the name Speedy Racing Team.

See Also


Swedish Automobile

Spyker Cars | Saab | Spyker MF1 Team | Spyker Squadron

Current Models:

C8 Family: C8 Aileron · C8 Aileron Spyder

C12 Family: C12 Zagato ·

Historic Models:

14/18 HP · 60HP · C4 · Aerocoque · C8 Spyder · C8 Spyder T · C8 Laviolette / LM85 · C8 Double 12 S · C12 LaTurbie ·

Concept Cars: D12 Peking-To-Paris · Silvestris V8 · C8 Aileron Concept

Racing Vehicles: C8 Double 12 R · C8 Spyder GT2R

Midland F1 Racing

Victor Muller and Maarten de Bruijn Spyker Cars website
Swedish Automobile website


  1. Midland sells MF1 Racing to Spyker,, September 9, 2006
  2. "Spyker to drop MF1 for 2007". Manipe F1. 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2006-10-24. 

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