Dutch company Spyker has to be one of the world’s most refreshing car companies right now. Its motto is “Nulla Tenci invia est via”, which translates literally to mean; for the tenacious no road is impassable.
Or as a representative of the company told me during a drive of the new Aileron this week; anything is possible, so long as you’ve got the balls for it.
The Aileron itself, as you can read elsewhere on the site at the moment, is a beguiling oddball of a supercar, not perhaps the most ground breaking of its kind dynamically but, without question, one of the more charming supercars you’ll likely come across. Among its potential buyers are Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliot, both of whom already own and, apparently, drive Spykers at the moment.
So how come a decidedly leftfield sports car maker from Holland, which once dallied with – and failed – in Formula One, has got itself in a position where it has recently bought Saab lock, stock and barrel?
“Heck, what can go wrong?” said the same “ballsy” member of the company who I drove the Aileron with this week when asked how and why the deal had come about. “Look at it this way,” he said. “We just bought a company with near enough a billion dollars worth of assets – for 75 million dollars. It would’ve cost us 75 million dollars just to buy a wind tunnel. And Saab already has one of those.
“What’s more, there’s real value still left in Saab,” said captain Spyker. “And besides, the new 9-5 is ready to go. That’s a really big incentive all on its own, and so long as we allow the brand to flourish in the way we believe it should, there’s really nothing to be afraid of. Plus, of course, the boss is a complete genius.”
Above all, it’s the rare combination of nous and fearless ambition that impresses most about the good folks from Spyker. Not only do you suspect that they’ll succeed where others have faltered, you inherently want them to do well at whatever they do.
People with guts and brains like this deserve all the luck they can get.