(7 votes, average: 4.86 out of 5)
Loading...If you’re looking for a more aggressive hybrid than the BMW i8, but a car that still has the BMW badge on, well we’ve found a new concept. Made by Idries Noah, the BMW iM is even more aggressive and sculpted than the i8.
This 2015 BMW Concept is a hybrid sports car, with side intakes used to cool down the high output V6 engine. The back of the car is a bit overkill, with that big exhaust, but the gently curved roof and the sudden end of the car shows us that this model goes for aerodynamics. It’s clearly not just an electric affair, but also brings some petrol in the mix.
The lifted front and slightly lifted back leave enough room for some kickass aerodynamics. The front wheels are clearly more arched than the ones of the BMW i8, and the cockpit is less elongated and more rounded, a la Audi TT for example.
(7 votes, average: 3.57 out of 5)
Loading...Hey guys and a happy 2015 to all of you! We start the year with a brand new Lamborghini concept, rendered by Marco Schembri. Here’s a 25 year old Sicilian designer, who graduated cum laude from the Industrial Design Faculty of Palermo and he rendered a beast called Lamborghini Edroid.
The supercar is a hybrid 4 seat vehicle that belongs to the F segment in Lamborghini’s portofolio. The Edroid concept is a study on different materials of construction for the body, as well as aerodynamic analysis. Polyethylene and atactic polylatic acid were considered as materials for the production process. Photovoltaic cells in triple junction are also involved for the power supply of the car.
The inside of the car features OLED displays and the DNA of the bull is not diluted by the hybrid approach of the model. The back of the car is a bit more lifted than I would have expected and the tail it also a bit smaller. The entire approach feels a bit more cheeky than Italian cars and this model has a certain “muscle car” vibe to it, If I can say so. Its profile feels a bit like a luxury yacht, but the back is much more pragmatic than usual.
(12 votes, average: 4.25 out of 5)
Loading...A Ferrari concept that’s both a hybrid and that looks a bit like a Lambo? Sacrilege, one may say! But let’s see what the vision of Romanian designer Andrus Ciprian is on this model that he imagined. The Ferrari Verus concept car is a design study and it’s supposed to be a nemesis for the Lamborghini Veneno.
The inspiration came from the Ferrari LaFerrari and the Ferrari P4/5. Inside the Verus we find a hybrid drivetrain, the same one from the LaFerrari and there’s a 6.3 liter V12 here as well as an electric motor. They will generate an impressive 949 horsepower and put this baby on the track ahead of the competition.
The Ferrari Versus is a short car, in fact so short it could equal a family hatchback. This will allow the vehicle to have a reduced wheelbase and make it a killer in the corners. A last mention here is that this monster can produce 660 lb-ft of torque and that to me this supercar feels a tad more Lambo and a bit less Scuderia…
(41 votes, average: 4.51 out of 5)
Loading...BMW i8 is one of the latest concepts of the German car maker, that brings forth a 220 horsepower 3 cylinder engine and an electric drive system, borrowed from the BMW i3 and tweaked a bit. This vehicle reaches 100 km/h in under 5 seconds, impressive for the segment it belongs to.
This car will use 3 litres of fuel to run 100 kilometers and another important power source is the big Li-Ion battery. You can charge that from your house supply and give it 35 kilometers of autonomy on electric power alone. Inside, we discover a 2+2 interior, comfortable enough for a family of 4. The BMW i8 uses the LifeDrive architecture, giving it a more sporty twist.
Thus, we find the electric motor in the front axle module, while the combustion engine stays at the rear. These sections are connected through BMW’s trademark energy tunnel, that other car makers would call transmission tunnel. The i8 has a low center of gravity and distribution of 50/50, which is perfect for this hybrid-supercar concept.
(33 votes, average: 3.67 out of 5)
Loading...Created by Russian designer Alexander Tiganova, the Audi A0 QS concept is an eco-friendly sports car, equipped with a hybrid drivetrain, consisting of an electric motor and a hydrogen engine.
Besides the dynamic look and the sport oriented style, this concept vehicle benefits from a special rotation system of the wheels, inspired by the trike, that allows the wheels to turn just by bending, without rotating along the vertical axis.
The “Q” in the concept car’s name stands for four-wheel drive and the “S” for support, according to the designer. This Audi concept car’s doors are made from a rubber fabric, that can turn transparent, depending on the driver’s needs. With a length of just 3.4 meters, this futuristic vehicle would have a great advantage when driving on busy urban roads, or when parking.
(18 votes, average: 4.22 out of 5)
Loading...The Evora 414E Hybrid concept is the first ever Lotus Hybrid, and has been shown a few days ago at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Despite using a fuel efficient drivetrain, this concept vehicle is still a thrilling car, that manages to sprint from 0 to 60 Mph in under 4 seconds, thanks to its output of 408 hp.
The Lotus Evora 414E has two electric motors (one for each rear wheel) and uses an extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) system, which means it can run on battery power alone for a range of 35 miles, before an optimised 1.2 litre, three-cylinder gas engine with an output of 47 hp, kicks in and acts as a generator, offering an additional range of about 300 miles.
The electrical power is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, which is placed at the center of the car, for stability and safety. Since the car will run most of the time on electricity, this Lotus concept car features a HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis system that makes it sound like a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, making it safe for pedestrians.
(34 votes, average: 4.74 out of 5)
Loading...Although Porsche don’t often create concept cars, today at the Geneva Motor Show 2010, they are going to display the 918 Spyder concept. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a two-seater sports car, which looks like a mix between a Carrera GT and a Boxster Spyder.
This Porsche supercar is powered by a hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a 500 horsepower V8 engine and two electric motors (one for each axle), that offer an additional 218 horsepower. It can reach a maximum speed of 198 MPH, and goes up to 62 MPH in just 3.2 seconds, with a fuel consumption of 78 mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km.
The 918 Spyder has four different driving modes available, designed to offer anything from maximum efficiency to maximum performance. The E-Drive mode means the car is running only on electric power, with a range of up to 16 miles. In the Hybrid mode, the car uses both the combustion engine and the electric motors, and would probably be the mode for everyday driving.
The Sport Hybrid mode uses both powertrains, with the focus on performance, most of the power being delivered to the rear wheels. The last mode, Race Hybrid, delivers the best performance available, the powertrains running at the limit of their power. This mode features even a push-to-pass button, that gives additional electrical power (E-Boost), for overtaking or even better performance.
The interior design of the 918 Spyder concept is supposed to give a little hint of how the future generation of production cars interiors will look like, according to the Porsche designers.
(16 votes, average: 3.56 out of 5)
Loading...Opel is all set to unveil its new concept car at the 80th edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the Opel Flextreme GT/E. The idea of this concept is to show how extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) systems can be integrated into larger cars, a mid-size five-door hatchback in this case.
With its aerodynamic shape and a low coefficient of drag (0.22), the Flextreme GT/E can achieve the highest speed and the best performance possible from its electric motor. The E-REV system takes this electric Opel concept to 60 mph in under 9 seconds, with a top speed of 125 mph.
Powered by an electric engine that generates 160 HP, the Flextreme GT/E can travel on battery power alone for a range of 40 miles, before a 1.4 litre four-cylinder gas engine comes in to act as a generator, offering a range of over 300 miles before recharging or refuelling is required. Fuel consumption is around 175 mpg and CO2 emissions are less than 40g/km.
The exterior design is more attractive compared to other hybrid vehicles, despite being focused on obtaining maximum aerodynamic efficiency. Carbon composite panels are used for the body and aluminium for the car’s structure, for weight reduction.
At speeds above 30 mph, vertical panels (named “Aeroblades”) extend along the body, from the air extraction slots behind the rear wheel-arches, to guide the airflow and reduce the amount of turbulence.
(12 votes, average: 3.75 out of 5)
Loading...The 5 concept car by Peugeot, which will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, in March, is going to be the foundation for the new Peugeot 508 production series. The 508 sedan will replace the Peugeot 407 and 607 and will compete with the Ford Mondeo and Opel/Vauxhall Insignia.
With a length of 4.85 meters and a width of 1.87, the 5 by Peugeot is powered by HYbrid4 technology, consisting in a 2.0 litre HDi diesel engine that generates 163 horsepower and a rear-mounted 37 HP electric motor, bringing the total output to 200 horsepower. This system offers four-wheel drive when required, an electric only mode, low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions (zero in electric mode).
In the front side, the Peugeot 5 concept car presents a large air intake, a chromed grille and nicely designed headlights, while at the back we can see the “classic” Peugeot tail lights, that extend to the rear quarter panels and sporty dual exhausts.
The series version of the 508 sedan could be presented as a premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September, and it is expected to go into serial production late this year or at the beginning of 2011.
(6 votes, average: 3.33 out of 5)
Loading...The SHC is a concept car imagined by British designer Jamie Martin, who also created the AC Cobra Venom V8 concept and the London Navigator bus. The Super Hatchback Concept is a combination between a hatchback and a supercar, with a touch of eco-friendly technology.
The chassis is made of high tensile steel and aluminium, for reduced weight and better weight distribution. The concept car has aluminium suspension components for improved handling and uses a front-wheel drive system with mechanical limited slip differential and next generation Ford RevoKnuckle axle system.
The SHC features two powertrain alternatives. The first one is the AirHybrid and Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI). It uses a twin-turbocharged engine with direct injection, 6-speed short-shift manual gearbox (optional 7-speed Ford PowerShift transmission with paddle-shift).
The second option is the Delta Drive Hybrid (DDH) system. It has a smaller petrol engine and two electric motors (located inside the front wheels), and allows the car to run 70 miles, with zero CO2 emissions, via charged batteries (Nano-Titanate batteries placed in the front engine bay and under the floor), before the petrol engine is needed to recharge.
The DDH system has three performance modes: Economy (low bhp), Normal (medium bhp) and Performance (high bhp) – which uses both the petrol engine and electric generator. With a slim chance of going into production in 2014, this concept vehicle is likely to compete against the Honda Civic Type-R, the Ford Focus RS and others alike.