Hommell

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Industry Automotive
Headquarters Lohéac, Ille-et-Vilaine, France
Products Automobile
Website Passion Hommell
La Berlinette

Hommell is a French Automobile manufacturer, started in 1990 by Michel Hommell, a former racing driver and the owner of Échappement, a French car magazine. The company is based in Lohéac, near Rennes, Brittany. A prototype of the kind of sports car he would like to be produced was shown at the 1990 Paris Salon, where it was well received, encouraging him to go ahead with a production version. This was shown at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show. The 2 seat sports coupe is powered by a mid-mounted 2.0lt Peugeot engine and 6 speed gearbox in a tubular steel chassis with all-round independent suspension.

In 1998, the Barquette, an open-top version was announced, and at the same time the Berlinette RS, as the original model was now called, had a more powerful Citroën engine fitted.

The brand has produced three models under the direction of Gilles Dupré:

  • In 1994
    • Berlinette Échappement[1]
      • Engine: 1998 cc in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve
      • Power: 155 bhp (116 kW; 157 PS) @ 6500 rpm
      • Torque: 137 lb·ft (186 N·m) @ 3500 rpm
      • Weight: 980 kg (2,161 lb)
      • Top Speed: 138 mph (222 km/h)
    • Barquette[2]
      • Engine: 1998 cc in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve
      • Power: 155 bhp (116 kW; 157 PS) @ 6500 rpm
      • Torque: 145 lb·ft (197 N·m) @ 5500 rpm
      • Weight: 940 kg (2,072 lb)
      • Top Speed: 130 mph (210 km/h)
  • In 1999
    • Berlinette RS coupé[3]
      • Engine: 1998 cc in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve
      • Power: 167 bhp (125 kW; 169 PS) @ 6500 rpm
      • Torque: 147 lb·ft (199 N·m) @ 5500 rpm
      • Weight: 950 kg (2,094 lb)
      • Top Speed: 143 mph (230 km/h)
  • In 2001
    • Berlinette RS2[4]
      • Engine: 1998 cc in-line 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve
      • Power: 195 bhp (145 kW; 198 PS) @ 6750 rpm
      • Torque: 159 lb·ft (216 N·m) @ 5500 rpm
      • Weight: 950 kg (2,094 lb)
      • Top Speed: 143 mph (230 km/h)

In December 2003, the production was stopped for financial reasons.

In 2005, Chinese investors wanted to buy the plans for the Berlinetta Hommell to be produced near Shanghai for the local market, but no agreement was reached.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hommell Berlinette Echappement 155 PS - Specs & Perfs". Zeperfs.com. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Essais de la Hommell Barquette Echappement BVM6 2p". Essais.autoplus.fr. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  3. ^ "2000 Hommell Berlinette RS Images, Information and History". Conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  4. ^ "HOMMELL BERLINETTE RS2 (2000-2003)". Automobile-sportive.com. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 

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