In 2005 a new Spyker racing car appeared on the track: the C8 Spyder GT2R. It replaced the ungainly Double 12R and featured a more compact lay-out though it looked less attractive with its improvised hardtop and aggressive stance.
In 2006 a full racing programme was undertaken by the factory team. The GT2R was entered in the Le Mans Endurance Series and some FIA GT championship races, and again in the 12 hours of Sebring and Le Mans 24 hour race. Results improved a lot but the much coveted podium finish in the Le Mans 24 hour race proved elusive. After an impressive show in the first hours of the race both entered cars broke down in the night and could not finish the race. On the picture you see one of these cars stranded in the pits.
At the 2005 Geneva Motor Show a spectacular new "long wheel base" model was presented: the C12 LaTurbie. This model features a spyder body based on that of the C8 Double 12S but is fitted with Audi's aluminum W12 engine, cranking out an impressive 500 hp @ 7500 rpm and 600 Nm of torque. This open topped car reaches a maximum speed of 315 kph and does a 0-100 kph sprint in just under 4 seconds; fast enough to satisfy anyone's appetite for fresh air.
The interior of the LaTurbie shows plush luxury with some inspiration from classic aircraft. Beautiful to look at with a high feel-good factor for driver and passenger but quite a contrast to the car's high performance exterior. Never the less it gives Spyker a unique style which makes it stand out from the competition.
In all the LaTurbie is a high performance grand tourer with sportscar appearance and lots of shiny fancy bits. Given the fact that there aren't many open two-seaters with this combination of extreme performance and luxury around it sort of created its own market segment. Its strange name comes from the historic but little-known Mont de la Turbie hill climb event near Monaco, which was won by a standard Spyker car in 1922.
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