A couple of weeks ago we got a taste of a hyper-hybrid called the Giugiaro Frazer Nash . As suspected, the engineering firm and British motoring icon Frazer-Nash was just working with Giugiaro on the Namir. One thing that hasn’t changed is the claim of the world’s fastest hybrid.
The super green machine weighs in at 3306 lbs and produces a combined 400 hp. This makes for figures that are almost too good to believe: 0-62 mph 3.5 seconds, 217 mph top speed, and rumored 118 miles per gallon (but probably not if you’re driving in the 200 mph zone.) The power system comes from a combination of a 0.8-liter rotary engine with four electric motors. It’s described an electric car with a gas engine used for boost.
Regardless of the set up, don’t expect Namir at any Hollywood parties any time soon. This car is putting new technology in a pretty wrapper than actually hitting the streets.
Press release and more pics after the jump.
Namir is a concept car born of the collaboration between Italdesign Giugiaro and Frazer-Nash, a company specialized in the design, construction, and marketing of hybrid systems deeply rooted in the historical automotive manufacturing company founded in England by Archie Frazer-Nash in 1923.
Presented during the 79th edition of the International Motor Show in Geneva, Namir represents the turning of a new page in the book being written by the Torino-based firm since 2004, opening with the Alessandro Volta project and followed up with the commemorative dream car – Quaranta - the result of research and development on sports cars fuelled by hybrid systems produced last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the company’s founding.
The Arabian name Namir, meaning “tiger”, sums up the main features of the concept car: elegance and power, aggressiveness and litheness of lines. Without any doubt it is a sports car: a coupé with two bucket seats and an accurate equilibrium between style and mechanics, aesthetics and contents. The sophisticated mechanics as well as the avant-garde electric and electronics systems are wrapped up into an aggressive package with an exquisitely balanced proportion of volumes and a stunning contrast between the sharp accents of the rear end and the sinuous front lines that emphasise this supercar’s erformance: over 300 km/h (187 mph) at maximum speed and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and from 0 to 200km/h in 10.4 seconds, making this the fastest hybrid car in the world.
Namir is also an ecological vehicle. The hybrid system developed together with Frazer-Nash combines an 814 cc endothermic rotary engine with four electric motors, guaranteeing autonomy of 39 km with one litre of fuel CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per km travelled.
Namir is not merely an exercise in style in and of itself, but rather a fully developed project followed in each and every phase by the Torino-based firm: chassis, body, and mechanical layout were designed and constructed by the Engineering Division, the exterior and interior style was entrusted to the Italdesign Giugiaro Style Centre, while the electrical and electronic elements were developed in collaboration with Frazer-Nash.
The prototype was built entirely in the Italdesign Giugiaro plant.