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2011 Protoscar Lampo 3


Just like a cinematic trilogy, Swiss electric car maker Protoscar has introduced the third version of their Lampo concept line, called the Lampo 3.

The unveiling of the third concept line comes two years after the first Lampo first made waves at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009 and a year after the Lampo 2 was introduced to us. Three concepts in three years with no production version in the horizon.

Disappointing as that may sound, there’s just may be a little glimmer of hope for the Lampo 3. With the ultimate goal of producing a purpose designed premium electric sports car, Protoscar has spared no expense in developing every nook and cranny of the whole Lampo line, complete with over 30,000 kilometers of testing with the Lampo and Lampo 2.

All the testing and development was then put into the Lampo 3, marking the first time in the company’s three-year development phase that word is spreading of a limited production release sometime in the future.

Whether there’s truth to that or just a product of wishful thinking, one thing we know is that there’s some legitimate buzz going on about the Lampo 3. Let’s hope that this ’buzz’ leads to something a little more concrete.

Details after the jump

Design Language

Protoscar Lampo 3

Here’s something we know about the Protoscar Lampo 3: it’s not going to win any design awards now or in the near future, but it also isn’t as bad as the horrendously looking Lampo2. According to Protoscar, the inspiration of the latest incarnation of the Lampo electric concept line was taken from the American Le Mans and FIA GT1 series cars and how these performance cars were presented while keeping a keen eye on its design dynamics. Looking at the Lampo 3, a few elements stand out with the 2+2 car, including a shortened bonnet compared to its predecessors, a longer wheelbase, a shorter rear overhang, and a tucked and swooping profile makes the car look so much better than the rodent-looking Lampo 2. The new design language of the Lampo 3 also takes its cues from the company’s "LAMPO DNA", creating a unique blend of aggressive design with a structured aesthetic history.

Performance

Protoscar Lampo 3

The Lampo 3 boasts of three electric motors with two of these motors located on the rear axle while the other seated comfortably in the front. All three motors combine to produce an output of 420 kW, which is about 550 horsepower and 664 lb/ft of torque to go with 32 kWh of Lithium-Ion battery capacity. This figure translates to a 0-62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds, a top speed of 136 mph, and a driving range of 124 miles running solely on the 32kWh battery that consists of four water cooled Brusa-branded packs using cells from Kokam.

As an electric car, the Lampo 3 comes equipped with a new BRUSA on-board charger NLG6 that allows up to 22kW of charging power, allowing the electric car to be charged with a host of power options out on the market these days. These include a standard single-phase 10 A plug all the way up to a three-phase 32A for charging at industrial plugs.

Hopes for Production Anytime Soon?

Protoscar Lampo 3

While it’s completely tempting for the Swiss manufacturer to introduce a production version of the Lampo 3 to the market, there are still a lot of question marks as to how the car will be able to translate from a three-generation concept line to a production car.

The good news is that Protoscar looks to be more confident with the latest version of their project and there are talks that the company could offer a production model in limited numbers down the road. For now, the Protoscar Lampo 3 is headed to to the test tracks with 2010 GT1 24 hours of Le Mans winner, Gabriele Gardel, manning the wheels.

Protoscar Lampo 3
LOVE IT
  • Looks MUCH better than its predecessors
  • It’s got some serious power
  • Best of the 3 versions
LEAVE IT
  • No timetable for production version
  • Rear end still needs improvement
  • No price yet


12 comments:

Nice concept indeed but I think they should enhance it more most especially on its front design. It doesn’t really look good for me.

haha. The car looks like a rodent! However, compare to its predecessor this vehicle look so awesome though the styling on its interior is not that elegant.

hmm. It seems that they have used a plastic material on its front lip. However, I agree that it needs improvement on its rear end. BTW, what was the power output of the car?

Yeah, and I don’t think it would be competitive just looking at its features. IMO, there are a lot of better car compare to this car. For now, I suggest that it would be just a concept or else it would be a pointless production.

hmm. I’m not really familiar with this Swiss car. Personally, I don’t think that its wise to waste time on this car for it look so hideous especially on the front.

Well, if’ that’s the case, then we will have just have to wait for some more time before seeing this one in the streets. But I do hope that the results would be to our liking.

Who knows, if this one actually does take off during the limited run, then we can pretty much expect it to head to mass production on its next incarnation. That’s usually how it goes.

Well, at least this one is definitely going into production already, though it would likely be just a few units, which is really a good move

Its true that this car has an impressive design for some part just like the back bumper though I have to agree that I don’t like the paint job and the total design needs improvement.

hmm. It seems that their a growing market among Swiss car! Well, the only thing that I don’t like in this car is the rear lip and the paint job plus the interior seems similar with Honda civic very cheap looking! However, the power output is quite impressive!

Well, it’s still a bit disappointing that this would be just a limited production run. But hey, that one is already a good start. Who knows, they might be gearing up for a bigger production run.

Hmm, they really made good progress with the cars. However, I am also still wondering why they haven’t brought these for production yet. I think it’s already ripe for that.

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