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Italdesign Unveils the World’s Fastest Hybrid

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On March 3, 2009 @ 5:00 am In automotive,Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 2 Comments

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Renowned supercar designer Italdesign [2] recently revealed the first images of the Namir, a vehicle that they claim will be the fastest hybrid [3] car in the world. Set to be officially unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show [4], the vehicle will boast 370hp, a scorching top speed of 187mph, and will be able to travel over 1,200 miles without a refill or a charge.

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Italdesign is responsible for an extensive list [5] of cars and has worked with numerous automakers on concepts, production models, prototyping and testing. The Namir hybrid [6] concept, designed with the help of Frazer-Nash [7], is set to be released to the public at the show today! Pictures of the concept car have been leaking [8] out for weeks now in preparation for the show, but the newest pictures released [9] yesterday reveal a car similar in design to last year’s Quaranta [10] concept car.

The press release reveals that hybrid [11] will have a lithium ion battery pack, with overall power of 270 kW, equivalent to 370 hp. They claim the car will get a fuel efficiency of about 39 km/L, which is about 92 miles to the gallon. As far as carbon emissions, Italdesign says the car will release less than 60 g/km of CO2. And with the car’s 50 liter gas tank, the car can travel up to 2,000 km without a refill or a charge.

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The top speed of the Namir is 187 mph. Compare that to the last year’s hot hybrid sports car, the Fisker Karma [12], whose top speed is only 125 mph. Looks like the Karma will be crawling along in comparison. No word on cost of the vehicle, or if it will be available in the US, but by the looks and sound of the concept, this is certainly set to be the new hot car.

+ Frazer-Nash [7]

+ Italdesign [2]

Via Motor Authority [13]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/03/namir-hybrid-by-italdesign/

[2] Italdesign: http://www.italdesign.it/dinamic/index.html

[3] hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/24/nypd-rolls-out-green-patrol-cars/

[4] Geneva Motor Show: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/11/transportation-tuesday-green-cars-geneva-motor-show/

[5] extensive list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italdesign

[6] hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/03/z10-ed-by-bmw/

[7] Frazer-Nash: http://www.frazer-nash.com/

[8] leaking: http://gas2.org/2009/02/23/italdesign-the-fastest-hybrid-in-the-world-is-coming-to-geneva/

[9] released: http://www.media.italdesign.it/galleryNamir.html

[10] Quaranta: http://www.leblogauto.com/v/Salons/2008/Geneve/Giugiaro+Quaranta/2008_quaranta_09.jpg.html

[11] hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/15/transportation-tuesday-ferrari-hybrid-by-2015/

[12] Fisker Karma: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/13/transportation-tuesday-the-fisker-karma/

[13] Motor Authority: http://www.motorauthority.com/giugiaro-high-performance-hybrid-concept-revealed-at-2009-geneva-motor-show.html

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