Spyker B6 Venator - The Ultimate 'Bond' Car
Spyker Cars have been in existence for much of the 2000's. Based in Holland and more or less the brainchild of current CEO Victor Muller, Spyker first came to the world's attention when they were declared the preferred buyer for ailing and bankrupt Swedish car maker Saab, which was abandoned by former parent GM after Saab seemingly refused suggestions from the Detroit-based auto giant to tone their styling down and share their car-platforms (i.e. those found on the 9-3 and 9-5) with other brands from the GM family. Nevertheless, since Saab disobeyed, GM pulled the plug on them but at the 11th hour, were offered to be bailed out by Spyker but due to the new version of the 9-5 not being ready in time, the Dutch car maker was forced to abandon them and Saab shut down for good - a moment Victor Muller described in a TV interview to Bloomberg's Pimm Fox on May 8th 2014, "The challenges to run Saab were humongous as Saab was already under bankruptcy protection when we took over - eventually the company failed due to extra investors not being allowed to fund further production and the day Saab failed, was the most dreadful day of my life."
Since then though, Spyker's profile has gone above and beyond in the very niche and still nascent bespoke sports car and super car segment but they do plan on making cars which will compete directly in the budget-super car market, going head to head with the likes of Maserati and Ferrari.
Their latest concept creation, the B6 Venator is the latest in innovative design and technology from this rightly labelled 'outrageous' car maker and with looks seemed to have been inspired and blending between those of a Maserati Granturismo and a Ferrari 360 Modena, the B6 Venator's certainly going to turn heads when it eventually does get released by 2017/2018.
With lightness being an obsession and the car being made almost entirely of aluminium and carbon-fiber, Spyker have confirmed that true to maintaining a sports car pedigree with the aim of competing against the big boys at Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, the B6 Venator will be rear-wheel drive, mid-rear supercharged V6 engined and will produce 375 BHP. With the length under 4.5 meters and the looks similar to the Maserati Granturismo, the B6 seems to be the closest competitor to Alfa Romeo's 4C. It has also been confirmed the Venator would be available in both automatic and manual transmission setups.
Spyker have also confirmed that the B6 Venator will come equipped with very state of the art and stylish 3D LED rear-lamp headlight design (the rear actually looks similar to what Ferrari had on their 360 Modena) and the whole car's almost plastic-free. Even the interior of the Venator has not been compromised at all in terms of sheer lunacy of styling - with both driver and passenger being able to see the internal mechanics of the vehicle through see-through panels and very thin glass - this being similar to what gets in a Pagani Zonda or Huayra.
Spyker claim that their obsession with lightness has been inspired by materials used within aviation and that the whole concept of the Venator has been derived out of the streamlining and design airplane manufactures employ. It is no surprise then that once released, the Venator will weight under 1,400.00 Kgs The cockpit of the B6 will feature a fighter-plane style red ignition switch and old-school dials (the ignition switch resembling that found on the Lamborghini Aventador . Despite the fighter-plane style cockpit layout which includes a see-through panel exposing the gear-change mechanism, sitting in the Venator will be equally comfortable as it might be thrilling as the seats would be made out of plush bull-leather sourced only out of Western Europe, meaning that this car's equally meant to be about luxury as is sheer driving pleasure.
The Ultimate 'Bond' Car - Spyker's One of a Kind Capital raising Strategy
Colloquially nicknamed the Dutch ultimate 'Bond' car by Spyker's management including CEO Victor Muller, the name didn't really come about to just show off or compete against Aston Martin - it is essentially to define Spyker's capital raising strategy (a world-first within the car-industry) which calls upon venture capitalists into buying bonds worth £100,000.00 each (100 units in total) to fund the B6's Venator Concept into a production car.
As per this strategy which was officially launched in March 2014, there'll only be 100 units of the Spyker 'Bond' sold to discerning investors over a 3 or 4 year investment period who will either be able to buy a B6 Venator at the end of 3 years of holding the bond or take out principle and interest in cash. What makes the bond even more unique is that it is convertible not only into a car-purchase but also into a stock option, should Spyker become a publicly listed company.
The Spyker 'Bond' Car Investment works the following way (as per the Spyker Bond Offer Document and the 'Spykercars' official website). (The coupon rate of the 'Spyker Bond' being 8.25% p.a)
1) £100,000 (Or the equivalent USD/EUR equivalent price) Investment over 3 years with an exit/redemption value of £124,750.00 (receiving interest payments).
2) £100,000 Investment over 3 years with Roll-Up of all interest payments to maturity with an exit/redemption value of £127,447.00
3) £100,000 Investment over 4 years with Interest payments and an exit/redemption value of £143,000.00 (including a £10,000 Redemption Bonus at the end of term)
4) £100,000 Investment over 4 years with Roll-Up with an exit/redemption value of £148,178.00 (Including a £10,000 Redemption Bonus).
Many business research companies including Bloomberg and auto experts hail this unique investment strategy as being nothing short of brilliant - and the 100 investors who've put aside their 100,000 quid to buy these bonds would all have the option to redeem a customized Spyker B6 Venator containing a unique number between 1 to 100 on the chassis (the number denoting the index number of the bond sold - for example, if you purchsed the 37th unit of the bond out of the 100 on offer, then your car, should you choose to buy one at the end of 3 years, will bear the number 37 on it). While Spyker won't confirm exact prices, it is believed that the cheapest Venator will cost at least £125,000.00 i.e. you either redeem your investment in the form of a car or a car plus any residual earnings apart from the standard option of a cash-election. Lastly, these 100 B6 Venators sold to the bond holders (should they choose to exercise the right to convert the bond to purchase the car) would be bespoke to the bond-holder's requirement to the point that the configuration would not be available to any buyer who was not a bond-holder.
Given that Spyker's never ceased to dissapoint petrol-heads with their quirky way of making cars and now showing they have got brains too, given their innovative bond-funded investment strategy.
While it is going to be a few years before the B6 Venator's launched for mass-production, this car will without a doubt be the first sign of what our supercars may look like at the dawn of the 2020's and I'd certainly like to have one just for the sake of looking cool than one would look sitting in a comparable Alfa Romeo, Maserati or Ferrari.