The supercharger is driven off the serpentine belt wrapped around the stock crank pulley. The pulley diameter ratio governs the amount of boost the supercharger develops and VFE carefully chose this setup with conservative limits in mind. On the dyno, the supercharger contributes by creating an additional 100 hp and 80 lb-ft of torque. VFE recommends its custom clutch to deal with the extra beans.
In an era when electronics reign over most performance cars behavior, the Spyker is like mounting a wild thoroughbred. For the first time in several years I actually had to use both feet to heel-and-toe. And with the tremendous torque at the rear wheels, I could simply power my way out of unplanned mischief. It was the most satisfying drive I had since a stint in the Jim Russell Formula 3 cars at Sears Point Raceway.
A shifter cart is the best way to describe a Spyker, a very luxurious shifter cart. I’m pulling so much g-force, Carly has long given up filming the event. She merely hangs on to any grab handle in reach and grins like a lunatic.
We make it to the top of the hill and Carly mentions she’d like to try it. Although she has considerable driver skill, most of it was augmented in a car configured with electronic driver aids. All the Spyker has is ABS and getting it to engage means you’re near death. No, the Spyker is not a car for the average driver, at least not the way I’m driving it. Sure, it’ll poke around town looking like a Rodeo Drive stud but that’s not what its engineers intended. The Spyker is a genuine sports car, something of a throwback in an age where its contemporaries essentially drive themselves.
Green Spyker C8 Laviolette #163
This vehicle was new when supercharged and treated with custom coachwork for a perspective Spyker owner looking for a truly unique piece of jewelry. To address the supercharger whine, VFE chose to revise its manifold design to use the newest sixth-generation Magnuson/Eaton supercharger: the TVS1900. This unit is not only virtually silent but also has a higher displacement and therefore efficiency. The result was a power increase of 120 hp and 95 lb-ft of torque. The test driver’s feedback on the addition of the supercharger was: This is a night and day difference, the Spyker now has the balls to match its looks.
Orange Spyker #165
This vehicle served as a lavish demo model, spending its time happily at International auto shows such as the Concours D’Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif, and at dealerships around the country. Spyker chose to also have this car treated to a new paint scheme and then a supercharger. Built with the new TVS1900 supercharger system from VFE and a custom exhaust, this Laviolette announces its presence.
Black Spyker C8 Spyder
Spyker owner Justice Reed was looking for such a vehicle. Between his ’11 Audi R8 5.2 and Lamborghini Murcilago LP640 Roadster, he was looking for a more visceral experience.
I first saw the Spyker at Concorso Italiono in 2007, but did not drive one until 2009. Spyker hosted an event at the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel during car week 2009. I drove the Aileron, the C8 Spyder and the Laviolette. The event was first class. I preferred the more raw and visceral C8 Spyder to the Aileron, which appeared aimed at a different kind of driver, with its automatic gearbox.
Very shortly after, I was invited to a Spyker event (Meet the CEO’) at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Spyker flew eight of us out there on a private jet. We drove the various Spykers on the track, had hot laps with pros, as well as a team’ autocross event. Victor Muller (Spyker CEO) spoke to us for about 45 minutes and joined us for lunch. His enthusiasm is profound and contagious. The cars were wonderful and I decided I had to own one. Two weeks later, I bought one from Spyker of San Francisco.