Tuesday newsbriefs

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Spanish consortium called Quimera is planning to unveil an all-electric race car at the Frankfurt Motor Show (and perhaps preview it beforehand). The AEGTO1 is intended for a one-make race series (the Mavizen/TTXGP e-bike team are involved) and it’s a gullwing-doored, carbonfibre-bodied monster good for 700bhp, 1000-plus lb ft, 180mph and 0-60mph in three seconds, apparently. It’s even got multi-speed transmission. More, including video, at Autoblog Green.

The Quimera website is also quite intriguing; the organisation describes itself as “a cluster of multinational companies assembled to manage sustainable projects in metropolitan and urban areas”, and appears to encompass everything from solar scooters to urban wind turbines; Quimera is also developing an electric powertrain for the KTM X-Bow. It’s got offices in Barcelona and Palm Beach, Florida, with more to open in the UK and China.

  • Much speculation today about a Volkswagen single-seater; a concept’s to be revealed at Frankfurt, it seems. Could well be related to the Audi urban concepts; it’s intended to be a city commuter; could come packaged with its own sustainable-source power supply. No more detail than that, as yet.
  • Westfield is to unveil its iRacer at the EcoVelocity show in London next month.The iRacer will compete in the EVCup, whick kicks off at Laguna Seca, California in November.
  • Ford and Toyota – unlikely bedfellows! – are teaming up to co-develop a hybrid-drive system for rear-wheel drive pick-up trucks and SUVs. Toyota’s best at the hybrid bit, Ford at the trucks, says Detroit News, which does some analysis on why this is a win-win scenario.
  • Volvo’s now offering start-stop in conjunction with the Geartronic auto ‘box. It’s initially available in the S60, V60, V70 and S80 2.0 D3 diesels, dropping CO2 emissions by 10% and improving fuel consumption by up to 3.6mpg.
  • Liberty Electric Cars is launching an aftersales support programme for EV owners including roadside assistance, servicing and maintenance; cars can be picked up and delivered from workshops in Coventry and London. The E-Care programme is targeted at individual owners, businesses and fleets.
  • New Porsche 911 goes on sale in December; there’s a seven-speed manual gearbox on offer, and the 350hp Carrera coupe with PDK transmission is the first Porsche sports car to emit less than 200g/km; it’ll return 34mpg and 194g/km. Economy/emissions improvements from the 400hp Carrera S, too; more at Porsche Origin.
  • Four fuel cell buses have gone to work in the city of Hamburg; these Mercedes-Benz Citaro-based buses have a range of around 250km between hydrogen re-fuels. More on their spec at Green Car Congress.
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