Check Out These 3D Printed Wheels On A 3,000-Horsepower Greek ’Ultra Car’
It is aptly named "Chaos" and can give the Bugattis and Koenigseggs a run for their moneyby Sidd Dhimaan, on
There is no dearth of hypercar manufacturers today. While most of the startups take the electric route these days, here’s a rare example that’s developing an ‘ultra car’ based on an internal combustion engine.
Called the ‘Chaos’, it comes from the house of a Greek startup called Spyros Panopoulos Automotive. The company terms it as an ‘ultra car’ and it came under the spotlight a few months back when the company announced that the Chaos will churn out 3,000 horses! This time, it has released pictures of the 3D-printed titanium wheels that the Chaos will ride on. The closest thing to 3D-printed wheels that we’ve heard of are found on the 2021 BAC Mono.
3D Titanium Wheels Could Be The Norm In The Future
Spyros Panopoulos Automotive uploaded a few images of these wheels on its Facebook page. The five-spoke wheels look pretty cool with a webbing-like design on them. It is also quite similar to an octopus’ tentacles. If this technology hits the mainstream market, people will go nuts and creates all sorts of absurd designs.
We’ve not heard a lot of such wheels, but it was two years ago when HRE Wheels and GE Additive showcased the first-ever “HRE3D+” 3D-printed titanium wheels.
So, it’s safe to say that the technology behind them is far from developed. Spyros Panopoulos hasn’t unveiled the technology it has used for this, but the HRE3D+ wheels were built with Electron Beam Melting technology. As CarBuzz explains, "rather than putting successive layers of melted material down as in a traditional 3D printer, raw titanium powder was fused together, layer upon layer, using an electron beam within a vacuum."
What Is All This “Chaos” About?
The company announced the hypercar earlier this year but didn’t reveal a whole lot of details. However, we know the most important thing – it is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-10 mill that makes 3,000 ponies! All these horses will be produced only when it is running on E85 fuel.
Power will be sent to all the wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Spyros Panopoulos said that the Chaos will redline at 12,000 rpm and hit the 62 mph mark from a standstill in under two seconds. How chaotic is that?
It gets even better. If you thought carbon-fiber monocoque was ‘the thing’ in hypercar production these days, Spyros Panopoulos Automotive has taken it up a notch. The Chaos’ monocoque is built using Zylon Poly; the same material used by Formula One and NASA.
Zylon Poly is the world’s strongest man-made fiber. It is lightweight and has high tensile strength.
Spyros Panopoulos Automotive will also be releasing a less-powerful, base version of the Chaos. It will churn out ‘just’ 2,000 horses. It is also working on another hypercar called the Apeiron and it will have a top speed rating of over 310 mph! We’ll wait for more information to surface before weighing-in our opinion.
Coming back to the Chaos, the company has said that it will debut this “ultra-car” at the 2021 Geneva Motor Show, but we don’t know if the event will even take place or not.