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Boreas: mystery hybrid hypercar from Spain to be revealed at Le Mans 2017

Published: 05 June 2017 Updated: 05 June 2017

► Spain’s answer to Pagani?
► 1000bhp+ hybrid hypercar
► Launches at Le Mans 2017

The Boreas, an ambitious new hypercar project from Spain, will be formally revealed at the 2017 Le Mans 24hrs.

Following its debut at Michelin’s pavilion at Le Mans on 14 June, the Boreas will subsequently be on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of the month.

So far no official imagery of the car has been released, other than a sketched hint of the headlamps above, and a bombastic trailer video below.

What exactly is the Boreas hypercar?

Its makers will reveal precious few details at the moment, other than that production will be limited to 12 cars worldwide, each with a unique specification.

The car will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain, with a total power output claimed to exceed 1000 horsepower. It will be ‘a hybrid that warrants the name,’ a Boreas spokesman says, with an electric range of around 100km (62 miles).

Why is it called the Boreas?

You probably didn’t come to CAR’s website for a lesson in Greek mythology, but here goes:

Boreas was the Greek god of the north wind. He had 12 sons and daughters, equally fast and volatile but all with individual characters.

With that in mind, 12 hypercars will be built, each based upon the Boreas prototype we’ll see revealed later in June 2017, but with their own distinct personalities.

‘All 12 models will be related but unique to themselves, in performance but also visually,’ says a company spokesman. ‘We are quite avant-garde with the use of materials and their application.’

Boreas teaser

Who is behind the Boreas?

An independent equity-funded outfit, working with engineering specialist firm DSD Design and Motorsport.

Powertrain partnership is said to be in association with a major manufacturer, but proprietary to Boreas.

‘What we’re proud of is that we’ve made significant inroads with leading players in the automotive industry,’ the spokesman says, including Michelin, who will be supporting the car’s official public launch at Le Mans.

Another ambitious hypercar project – what are its chances?

Your guess is as good as ours until we see the car.

Boreas cites two ‘peers’ in terms of competition – ‘one is Nordic, and one is Italian’ – so you can probably hazard a guess at who they’re referring to. They’re aiming high, then, and claim to have already turned purchasers away as they build a soft order book for the 12-car production run.

It’s had a protracted development, but it sounds like the finished article could be an intriguing entry to the supercar field – we’ll keep an open mind, and an eye on the Michelin pavilion at Le Mans 2017 on June 14.

By James Taylor

Former features editor for CAR, occasional racer