Pre-war Spanish marque Hispano-Suiza is making another comeback 80 years after its last production car was built, releasing a shadowy teaser for its Tesla-rivalling car

Hispano-Suiza was a Spanish firm that specialised in creating lavish luxury cars and aircraft engines in the early 20th century. Now, the historic name is preparing for a return next year by debuting a new electric supercar at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Judging by its shape, the revived Hispano-Suiza puts a much bigger emphasis on being a sporty machine, rather than the original model's focus on luxury. Three arches make up the design that include arcs in the silhouette for the hood, passenger compartment, and rear deck.

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‘Back in 1900, when Hispano-Suiza started, it built the first electric car in the world, but the prototype was never industrially manufactured,’ said Miguel Suqué Mateu, president of Hispano-Suiza and great-grandson of its founder. ‘Now, 119 years later, in March 2019, Hispano-Suiza has its first 100% electric car, offering great performance and manufactured in Barcelona, the realization of my great grandfather's dream'.

Hispano-Suiza teases revival with electric supercar

One of Hispano-Suiza's biggest original innovations was developing a cast aluminum engine block with steel cylinder liners that created a lighter part than manufacturing the powerplant entirely out of steel or iron. The firm applied this philosophy to a variety of mills, including V8s, inline-sixes, and eventually a massive 9.5-litre V12.

Hispano-Suiza teases revival with electric supercar

More recently, Hispano-Suiza had a brief revival in 2010 when the company unveiled a supercar that used an Audi R8 as a starting point but fitted a completely different body using carbon fiber panels. The tweaks made the Hispano Suiza 66 pounds (30kg) lighter than a road-going R8 V10.

The standard 5.2-litre V10 received a pair of electrically driven superchargers that allowed the powerplant to make 740hp (552kw) and 516lb/ft of torque (700 Newton-meters). It allowed the coupe to reach 62mph (100km/h) in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211mph (340km/h). Hispano-Suiza sold these machines for €700,000 ($794,815 at current exchange rates). The total number of customer orders is a mystery, though.