Plans to revive the Dutch sports car company Spyker have been thrown into disarray as the firm's CEO has filed for bankrupcy, according to reports.
Spyker had last year confirmed plans to expand its product line with two supercars and an SUV after the new investors were confirmed.
Russian oligarch and SMP Racing owner Boris Rotenberg and his business partner, Michail Pessis, said they would be taking Spyker into a collaboration with other firms they own, including motorsport firm BR Engineering and design-and-marketing company Milan Morady. Both have also previously owned some of the 265 Spyker cars produced to date.
Spyker has endured a turbulent two decades since its foundation in 1999. Years of financial difficulties were exacerbated when it purchased Saab from General Motors in 2010 and the company promptly went bust, forcing Spyker into bankruptcy for the first time.
The news is likely to mean the C8 Preliator Spyder isn't coming to fruition. Revealed at the 2017 Geneva motor show, this Aston Martin-rivalling supercar was expected to be powered by a Koenigsegg-developed naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine. The engine attached to the show car allowed it to accelerate from in 3.7sec and reach a top speed of 201mph.
The D8 Peking-to-Paris has its roots in the D12 concept (above), which Spyker revealed at the Geneva motor show 11 years earlier, while the B6 Venator was revealed in 2013.
Alongside the new models, Spyker was intending to open its first international store in Monaco in 2021. It even had ambitions to re-enter motor racing; the erstwhile Spyker F1 team was created in 2006 but managed just one season before it was sold and renamed Force India.