Poland’s first supercar, the Arrinera Hussarya, appears to nearly production-ready, after enduring a lengthy birthing phase which started with its theoretical conception in 2008.
The Hussarya is a joint effort between British supercar designer and engineer Lee Noble, founder of Noble Automotive, and Arrinera Automotive S.A, which is owned by Erne Ventures S.A. Noble left Noble Automotive in 2008 to start a new project, Fenix Automotive, which merged a few years later with Arrinera.
Noble is said to be responsible for construction of the chassis, which won’t feature the carbon fiber monocoque chassis that seems to be in vogue nowadays, but will use a tubular steel one instead. He has also chosen to utilize an independent multi-link suspension, rather than a double wishbone setup.
The Hussarya was first known as the Venocara when it debuted as a concept in 2011, although it’s uncertain if this was an official name given by Arrinera or one dubbed by the press. Its confirmed model name is a tribute to the Hussars, a renowned group of Polish cavalry, who were purportedly respected for their “extraordinary agility, power and speed, and for their unique and elegant style.” The company name is a combination of the Basque (a dialect spoken in France and Spain) word, arintzea, which means “streamlined,” and the Italian word vero, which translated means “truly.”
It looked like the Hussarya was all-set to hit the market a few years ago as final specifications and an official price of $160,060 were announced in mid-2012. But shortly after reports came out of Poland that the Hussarya was built upon a Lamborghini replica, disguised only with a different body, and used interior components from the Opel Corsa and a Audi A6, in an attempt to raise capital on the stock market.
A newly redesigned Hussarya appeared in 2014, the work of Pavlo Burkatskyy. The powerplant was confirmed to remain the same as previously specified, a mid-engine mounted 6.2-liter V8 from the Corvette ZR1, with 650-hp and 604-ft lbs. of torque, routed through an Italian CIMA gearbox. Reports are the Hussarya will do 0-60 in about 3.2 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 11 flat and top out at around 211mph.
The standard Hussarya will start in the low $200,000 range. A limited edition run of 33 units, called the Hussarya 33, possibly to precede the release of the standard model, will edge closer to the $300,000 mark. They will be powered by a 7.2-liter, 733-hp V8 engine and employ active aerodynamics. We should see one or the other hopefully by the end of this year.