Spyker has just announced the first set of details regarding their 2012 C8 Aileron GT race car. It has been built to GTE specifications and will be used by both the company and private racing teams. The automaker hasn't released all of the specs, by the C8 Aileron is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 with 395 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 186 mph.
Spyker Squadron Managing Director Peter Van Erp, "We will develop the car for the new GTE class and later on...will assess whether there is sufficient demand to a develop a variant to FIA GT3 specifications." Also according the Van Erp, they are already "attracting customer race teams wishing to buy an off-the shelf car." Supposedly, many of these buyers are coming from Europe and the Far East. This isn't Spyker's first foray into racing, as the C8 Laviolette GT2R claimed two second-place GT2 class finishes in the Le Mans Series. It also won a fifth place finish in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.