Fast forward 50, 60 or 70 years, and changes in the way we fuel our cars will have undoubtedly come to the fore. Will petrol and diesel still largely feature, or will electricity have become the dominant force? And then, of course, there are the other sources clamouring for attention, including hydrogen and…salt water. Sort of.
Step forward the nanoFLOWCELL AG Quant e-Sportlimousine which made its début at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. nanoFLOWCELL AG hasn’t given away too much about the specifics of how their car works. The e-Sportlimousine is powered by nano flow cell technology, which the company claims has five times as much energy efficiency and storage capabilities when compared to conventional flow cell batteries. The technology was initially developed for NASA during the 1970s, and works similar to hydrogen fuel cells. Carried in two 200 litre tanks, negative and positively charged electrolytic solutions flow through a flow cell in the centre. This central cell is split down the centre by a membrane and allows an electrical charge to pass through and produce power for the drivetrain. The addition of super capacitors means that the produced energy can be stored and distributed as its needed. Critics have argued that the energy density of such flow cell batteries has always been lower than that of their lithium ion counterparts, so it’ll be interesting if Quant’s claims are proven to be accurate.
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There have been quite a few interesting vehicles launched at the Geneva Motor Show this week, however one which has really caught our eye is the Branus 800 ‘iBusiness’, based on the Mercedes G 65. The mere mention of the name ‘Brabus’ should immediately tell you that the iBusiness is a mixture of insanity and an imagination allowed to run wild. That’s a given. And, once again, Brabus don’t disappoint. Because what they’ve come up with here is a little daft.
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In the wake of the McLaren P1, the supercar the world just can’t get enough of, comes yet another beast from the British automaker – the McLaren 650S. Named for its power output (650PS in metric power), this will undoubtedly be a truly exhilerating car. Mid-engined, its top speed will be 331kph, with 0-60 times of just 3.1 seconds. The 3.8L V8 turbo engine churns out a most impressive 641 bhp, regulated through a 7 speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Things can get a little confusing, quickly. It’s a little like an updated 12C, yet in the McLaren line-up, it joins the range alongside the 12C – though higher in the pecking order – and the fabulous P1. Wherever it takes its design cues from, it really is a beautiful car. McLaren say the car’s design was inspired by the sold-out P1, and on the front, the P1’s influence is obvious. Aerodynamics is the name of the game here, and an integrated front splitter increases downforce while unique door blades just behind the front wheels also contribute to front end grip and balance. The bodywork is functional as well as beautiful; aerodynamic performance is the same as the 12C yet the air is worked more efficiently – at 150mph downforce levels are increased by 24 per cent, according to the company.
At the back the McLaren Airbrake (originally fitted to the 12C and 12C Spider) can be found, deploying whenever the car senses extra downforce might just come in handy. Beneath this the three-piece bumper, which isn’t too different from the GT3 version of the McLaren 12C, rounds out the car nicely.
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Good news for everyone with well over €150,000 to spend on a luxury SUV in 2016 (read: very few) – the Bentley SUV has been given the green light and, more importantly, it won’t look anything like the slightly baffled-looking beast which made its début in Geneva in 2012, the imaginatively-named EXP 9 F Concept.
This news has been quite widely welcomed, considering that instead of completely redesigning a new SUV, all Bentley had appeared to do with the concept was shorten previous models, and make the product a little taller. The result, according to quite a lot of people, wasn’t great, something Bentley Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Schreiber has taken into account.
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