More than 200 years after the French Revolution, Parisian hypercar design firm Vision Automobiles has debuted a new hypercar, aptly named the 1780. Much like the historic event which started in the year 1789, the 1789 Hypercar is Vision’s own attempt at revolutionizing the automotive industry.
Vision is an automobile high fashion house that manufactures, by hand, vehicles sized for gentlemen drivers. Manufactured and assembled in France, their ambition is to offer their clients an innovative experience that is so much more than an automobile! Founded by former Peugeot designer Thomas Castex and his childhood friend and Renault veteran Florian Gravouil, the company has managed to create a hypercar that runs solely on biomethane with the help of other racing experts including Paul-Loup Chatin and Matthieu Vaxiviere.
Their first creation, the 1789, is a revolution, it is an iconic model that crystallizes French expertise in motorsport and luxury. Vision 1789 – a two-seater vehicle inspired strongly by the prototypes from the 24 Hours of Le Mans – takes the driver’s seat in order to immerse the driver and passenger into the extreme world of automobile racing. The 1789 is a real prototype in an evening dress and its interior, is a showcase designed to the measure of its owner.
Featuring a groundbreaking and uncompromising design, the VISION cars are developed in collaboration with French experts and two professional Le Mans drivers, with the aim of participating to this mythical race. The 24 Hours of Le Mans are the DNA of VISION. This is why our vehicles will be first developed and produced for the track and then, in a second phase, the experience gained in racing will enable us to transcribe these unique.
Everything has been thought to provide unique driving sensations to the driver. This is why the 1789 has an extremely well worked flat bottom, specially developed to produce an outstanding aerodynamic support. Its power-to-weight ratio close to 1, and its rear transmission are the extension of this vision of motor sport.
In the current context of energy transition, they are convinced that they have smart alternatives to fossil fuels and electricity right in front of us. This is why Vision decided to fit the 1789 with an engine running on bio-methane. This motorization, specially developed for endurance racing, has the specificity of having a positive carbon impact by enhancing the bio-methane resulting from the decomposition of organic materials. The interest of this choice is to make our waste a source of energy and to reduce the impact of the methane on global warming.
Unlike electric cars, the use of biomethane means you’ll still get the thundering rumble of internal combustion while completely removing pollutants.
The different states of bio-methane make it possible to adapt perfectly according to the desired use of the vehicle: indeed, for the race, the 1789 will use liquid bio-methane which has the advantage of being less heavy and less cumbersome. For the road, gaseous bio-methane will be used, which does not evaporate. Both will be stored in a tank behind the occupants. This more responsible powertrain works perfectly with today’s combustion engines and allows to keep an incredibly important and emotional element… the sound of Le Mans’ racing cars.
While benefiting from other high-caliber partnerships with companies like Michelin, Faster, WRTi, Estival, Genaris Group – and many others – the car will derive its driveline components from Welter Recherche Technologie Industrie, the brainchild of Gerard Welter, a French designer who worked for Peugeot between 1998 and 2007. Some of his creations include the 304, the 604, 305, 405, and 406 Coupe, along with the 205 hatchback. This guy also built sports prototypes such as the WM P88 that reached 407 km/h at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 thanks to an 850-horsepower V6 engine.
You can take a closer look at the 1789 in the gallery above or over on Vision Automobile’s Instagram page down below. To learn more about the 1789’s performance, you can head over to the Parisian company’s website. Come into the beautiful world of Vision Automobiles.