1,400-hp, Walter de Silva-designed Hongqi S9 hypercar debuts in Shanghai

The ongoing transformation of Hongqi into a preeminent luxury and performance brand marked a major milestone in February with the establishment of a joint venture between Chinese auto giant FAW and an Italian design and engineering company by the name of Silk EV.

The goal of the Silk-FAW joint venture is to develop a range of high-performance, high-luxury electric cars and hybrids for Hongqi’s new S series. And tapped to oversee the design of cars is Walter de Silva, the former Volkswagen Group design chief responsible for cars like the original Audi A5 and R8, as well as 2006’s stunning Lamborghini Miura concept.

The first model from the joint venture is the Hongqi S9 hypercar, a concept of which was rolled out at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show. On Monday, we saw the debut of the production version at Auto Shanghai 2021.