Archive for the ‘Supercars’ category

Lola-Drayson B12/69EV – a 850 HP EV That Accelerates From 0 to 60 in 3 Sec

January 17th, 2012


The 6th MIA International Low Carbon Racing Conference was the place where people were able to witness the presentation of the mind-blowing electric racecar created by Drayson Racing and Lola.

Dubbed the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, the vehicle is able to generate 850-horsepower (640 kW) from an electric charge.

It also boasts acceleration from 0 to 60mph in just 3 seconds and from 0 to 100mph in 5.1 seconds, being able to reach a top speed of 200 mph.

It is worth mentioning that this car is the first in a series that Drayson Racing looks forward to bringing to the 2013 world championship for electric racing cars called FIA Formula E series.

Here are a few specs of the vehicle: it has 4 YASA-750 axial flux motors that power the the car’s 700 volt system, a composite three part 60 kWh battery that can be recharged using the brand new inductive Qualcomm Halo system.

[via Green Autoblog]

Student-Built Electric Vehicle Sets New Land Speed Record

October 13th, 2011


A group of students from the Brigham Young University managed to set a new speed record for EVs with their electric bullet car.

The event took place on the Salt Flats of Utah, where the student-built electric vehicle was able to reach a top speed of 175mph. It would be interesting to note that the record is the ideal close for Professor Perry Carter, the leader of the group, who is retiring after spending 31 years teaching and 7 on this project.

The average speed registered by the one-seater aerodynamic car, dubbed Electric Blue, was 155.8 miles per hour, which is a new speed record for its weight class.

The wheels of the Electric Blue are enclosed so the vehicle could deter air resistance. The body is made carbon fiber and was designed using a 3D modeling wind tunnel program that helped students build a more aerodynamic car able to reach maximum speeds for its class.

In addition, the car was able to show good results thank to lithium iron phosphate batteries. The hovers of the vehicle are just an inch above the ground. It is worth mentioning that in 2010 the car created by the same team was able to reach a speed of only 139 miles per hour and the current result is definitely a win.

[via Physorg]

Maxximus Prodigy – Luxury Super Car Powered by Liquid Natural Gas

September 22nd, 2011


The car-making company Maxximus is currently working on an eco-friendly vehicle that will run on liquid natural gas (LNG) and wear a price tag of $1,000,000.

The super car is called Prodigy and its design is based on the design of the LNG 2000 prototype model. It would be interesting to note that the vehicle would be the world’s first super car powered by LNG.

According to the company, its new vehicle will boast an interior that is close to that of a Rolls Royce. From these words it is possible to draw the conclusion that Maxximus looks forward to compete on the market of supercars with such giants as Ferrari and Tesla Motors.

In the picture you can see the LNG 2000 designed by Marlon Kirby of Indianapolis. He worked on the project for about two years.

The vehicle with its twin turbocharges is said to generate 2,000Hp, and show acceleration from 0 to 60mph in about 2 seconds. In addition, according to Kirby the car can reach a top speed of 300 mph.

Judging from the information provided by the company [PDF], there are at least 5 millionaires willing to acquire the luxury eco-friendly super car.

AEGT01 – World’s Most Powerful Electric Supercar from Quimera

August 25th, 2011


Quimera looks forward to present what it claims to be the most powerful electric vehicle in the world.

Dubbed AEGT01, the electric super car makes use of Lithium Polymer EIG battery packs that allow it to reach a speed of 180 miles per hour.

The vehicle is expected to appear at the Motorland in Alcaniz, Spain next month. Until then the company decided to unveil a teaser video of the car.

Thanks to the trio of UQM motors that generate 700hp, Quimera’s AEGT01 is able to show acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.

It is worth mentioning that the company’s vehicle is the world’s first racecar to be entirely powered by electric batteries and motors, being able to compete in terms of performance with some of combustion engine racecars.

Next year Quimera will allow drivers and teams to carry out test drives of its new vehicle. It would be interesting to note that the company has already gained popularity thanks to its electric scooters, solar-powered scooters, and commercial vans.

[via Quimera-Project]

Tesla Model S Equipped with Giant 17-inch Touchscreen Replacing the Dashboard

August 10th, 2011

The much anticipated Tesla Model S electric supercar is expected to be launched onto the market in 2012 with its main competitor being BMW-5 series.

Boasting high-performance, the famous luxury electric sedan will boast a huge vertical 17-inch touchscreen mounted at the front.

It would be interesting to note that the touchscreen will be the largest ever mounted on any production vehicle.

The device will be able to provide 3D graphics, being powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In addition, the touchscreen continually sports a 3G connection.

It will replace the whole array of buttons and a lot of other controls that are usually located on the dashboard.

The new processor from NVIDIA features 8 dedicated computing cores. It is also the first mobile 1080p HD video processor on the planet.

There will be two processors used on the device – one dedicated to infotainment and navigation and the other one for the instrument cluster.

The touchscreen will boast such features as live traffic, climate-control system and more. Users will have the possibility to visit Google maps, play favorite music or surf the Internet.

Tesla Model S will have a charging time of only 45 minutes and wear a price tag of $50,000. This year the vehicle will be on display at the CES 2011 outside the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Central Plaza.

[via CargoCollective]

Toyota Unveils Its New GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

July 4th, 2011

The Japanese carmaker Toyota has recently unveiled its brand new vehicle that boasts a very appealing design.

Dubbed GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II, the vehicle was officially presented at the 39th Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race. The race took place near Nürburg, Germany.

It is worth mentioning that the car represents a modified version of the first Toyota hybrid sports car known as the Toyota MR2, which was presented in 2010 at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II has good chances of becoming the company’s first marketed hybrid sports vehicle.

The car has a 3.5 liter V6 engine able to generate 295 horsepower and reach acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 6 seconds.

The name of the car comes as a tribute to Hiromu Naruse, a Toyota driver who passed away as a result of a crash in 2010. The abbreviation GRMN means GAZOO Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring (the title refers to Naruse).



[via Automotive News]

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]

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]

Students Turn Audi into Electric Vehicle that Also Harnesses Solar Energy

March 30th, 2011

In order to demonstrate that it is possible to mix an electric car with a solar-powered one, a group of students from Georgia Tech has presented their latest project – an electric vehicle that can harness solar energy.

Members of the team entitled Solar Jackets recently unveiled their super car at the Buckhead Eco-Collection.

They managed to transform an Audi into a “solar-assisted electric vehicle”, equipping it with two batteries that can be charged by plugging the car’s charger into an electric socket.

The bigger battery is used to power the vehicle while the smaller one powers windows, steering and brakes. It is worth mentioning that with the help of solar panels, the car can harness solar energy that is stored on the smaller battery.

According to the tech aerospace engineering student Corbin Klett of Buford, currently the team is working hard on the design of car so it could compete in the forthcoming World Solar Challenge that will take part in Australia.

[via GreenOptimistic]

Saline Bird – Super Bike Powered by Compressed Air

March 22nd, 2011

Although there has been very little information offered on this superbike powered by compressed air, this monster will surely catch the attention of the public, and not only due to its green features, but also because of a very nice design.

The name of this extreme motorcycle is Saline Bird and its authors are members of a team called Les Triplettes de Bonneville.

It is worth mentioning that the team is composed of five members: Charles-Edouard Berche, Ugo Spagnolo , Adrien Fuinesl, Frederic Dobbelstein and Jean-Philippe Paries.

Their goal was to develop an eco-friendly bike that would boast an eye-catchy design and several green features.

The team decided to use a twin compressed air tanks to power their Saline Bird. Thus developers hope their bike breaks the land speed record.

Saline Bird has an aerodynamic design. It tends to obtain the ideal balance between aerodynamics and center of gravity, thus gaining more stability on the road.

It would also be interesting to note that the frame of the bike is made of carbon fiber.

[via Yanko Design]