Archive for June, 2011

Alfa Romeo 4C – Beautiful Eco-friendly Sports Car from Italy

June 20th, 2011

It is worth mentioning that Alfa Romeo, which has been launching its marvelous 8C Competizione counterpart for a while now, has been continuously focusing its attention on performance.

But with its latest 4C model, the Italian car manufacturer wants to show that it has serious intentions of hitting the market of eco-friendly vehicles. In addition, Alfa Romeo designers have paid close attention to safety.

Here are some of the technical specs of the new 4C concept car:

Weight: 850kg
Power: 241hp
Acceleration: 0-100km/h in under 5 sec
Top speed: 25km/h

Thus we might in the near future witness the appearance of a gorgeous rear-wheel-drive sports car with an engine located in the middle and impressive fuel efficiency.

It was announced that Alfa Romeo 4C will go into production by the end of 2011, which means that very little times remains until the Italian carmaker’s green dream rolls out.

[via Rouse Hill Times]

EDWARD – Original Eco-friendly Diwheel Vehicle

June 9th, 2011

EDWARD (short for “Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping”) is another invention meant to make our lives eco-friendlier.

The electric vehicle was designed and developed by a team of students at the University of Adelaide.

The main distinction of EDWARD from other green vehicles is a set of two wheels joined together through an axle and other equipment.

The vehicle features a seat for the driver and driving mechanism. The place of the driver is found between the wheels facing the controls.

There’s no problem with balancing thanks to the orientation of the two-wheels.

In order to provide a rock-free ride, the team decided to equip its vehicle with dynamic lateral stability and slosh control. Thus they were able to reduce the gerbling effect, which was EDWARD’s biggest issue.

The drive can activate or de-activate the upper mentioned feature in case of forceful braking or rapid acceleration.

[via Ubergizmo]

Trident Iceni – Bio-fuel Supercar to Be Finally Launched

June 7th, 2011

Finally the Trident Iceni is ready for launch after a decade of management changes, restructuring, redesign and refinancing.

Scheduled for launch at the UK’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power on July 15, the vehicle boasts a modified 550 bhp, GM 6.6 liter, twin-turbo diesel V8 that is powered by bio-fuel.

Previously it was stated that the Iceni will be able to register a speed of 230 mph, and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.

In addition, it was informed that the vehicle is able to deliver 70 miles per gallon at a constant 70 mph. Iceni is expected to have a price tag of $150,000.

It would be interesting to note that the name of the car comes from the original tribe that inhabited the Norfolk region where the vehicle will be built.

Some additional specifications claim that the car weights only 1,480 kg and has an eight speed automatic transmission.

This year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power will take place between July 15 and 17 July at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire.

[via Gizmag]