This hybrid sports car designed by an American start-up and a Chinese manufacturer will be manufactured in Italy.
This is a car that makes you travel! The S9 is a hybrid hypercar designed by Silk-FAW, a label resulting from the association of the American engineering and automotive design company Silk EV and the Chinese car manufacturer FAW. And the vehicle must be assembled in Italy!
This summary can give a wacky side to this project, which would not bode well. Still, both parties have made it known that the S9 is on its way. Silk-FAW has confirmed that it will continue with its €1 billion investment plan.
More than a year ago, the brand chose the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, where the strongholds of Ferrari and Lamborghini are located. The government of this Italian region had recently expressed concern that the project would not take place and wanted to obtain guarantees. After a meeting, he got some. Silk-FAW will finalize the purchase of the land for its future factory in early August. The company’s headquarters and a research center will also be located on this site.
Hongqi S9: four engines and 1,400 hp for the hybrid supercar
Production is due to start in 2023 with the S9, but the deadline now seems difficult to meet. As a reminder, the S9 is a hypercar designed by Walter da Silva, which combines a V8 with three electric motors, with a maximum cumulative power of more than 1400 hp. The maximum speed exceeds 400 km/h, the 0 to 100 km/h is promised in less than two seconds.
Silk-FAW has already planned other “made in Italy” electric and hybrid sports cars.