2014 QUANT e-Sportlimousine

If ever there were a vehicle to arise from left field, the Quant e-Sportlimousine would be it. Digging in the archives reveals the car’s origins starting in 2003 as the brainchild of the La Vecchia brothers. Several prototypes were built, including one that was seen at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010, but success hadn’t been ultimately achieved. That is, perhaps, until now.

Staring a proprietary battery-powered drivetrain, the e-Sportlimousine makes its debut at the 2014 Geneva show with the intent of revolutionizing the industry. It sounds easier than it likely is, but upon inspection of its nanoFLOWCELL powerplant, it just might have a shot. It’s a 912-horsepower electric car.

The heart of the car utilizes a three-tank system that stores two types of liquid electrolytes — one positively charged, the other negatively. The liquids are circulated through the center tank; a battery-like cell with a membrane separating it into two halves. An electrical charge is generated from that membrane as the two liquids swirl on either side of it. The system generates enough power to propel the car from zero to 62 mph in a staggering 2.8 seconds and over a total range between 248 and 372 miles.

It’s obvious from the pictures the e-Sportlimousine isn’t just a boxy, test-mule science project – no, its quite the looker. The car is a substantially long, measuring 17.2 feet. It’s wide as well, measuring 7.2 feet across and its unique gull-wing doors are nearly 6 feet in length. Needless to say, this is a big car. But can its size be an indicator of how huge its technology will be to the automotive world? Click past the jump for what we know.

Click past the jump to read more about the e-Sportlimousine

Exterior

QUANT e-Sportlimousine
QUANT e-Sportlimousine
QUANT e-Sportlimousine

The e-Sportlimousine is a beautiful car, even with its ginormous proportions. Starting at the nose, it looks like nothing else on the road, at least not directly. Hints of Ferrari and Tesla Tesla shine through, but it could just be our imaginations. Out back a sculpted rear window follows the roofline down to the rear of the car. The rear fascia then flows downward to a large air diffuser between the rear wheels. The car’s size becomes apparent once its side profile comes into view. Its long hood flows back to an even longer body that flows into a long rear section. Giving the car most of its physical and visual length is its gull-wing doors. With a push of a button, the doors rise above and await a second button-push for closing. Huge 22-inch wheels are needed to keep the car in proportion.

Wheelbase3,198 MM (125.90 inches)
Length5,257 MM (206.96 inches)
Width2,019 MM (79.48 inches)
Height1,357 MM (53.42 inches)

Interior

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

The cockpit is no less amazing than the rest of the car. Most noticeable is the huge computerized dashboard with 3D displays and touchscreen functions. Next to be noticed is the expansive use of wood. Encapsulating the passengers on each side, the wood swirls from the rear, traveling up the center console and then splits at the dashboard to wind its way around its way to the doors. The wood is also integrated into the electronic controls of the car. Where the controls are located, the wood is shaved so thin, the touch controls’ light can be seen through and functions operated.

Futuristic seats hold four occupants on either side of the high-riding center console. Once inside the car, the driver’s smart phone becomes an integrated part in the car’s infotainment system. The car’s software is all Android based, but it can also accept OS X. The smartphone can be used to control the car while the driver is away, giving him the ability to set climate controls and such.

Drivetrain

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

8,552 – That’s the number to remember. Why? Because that’s the e-Sportlimousine’s combined torque output. Yes, 8,552

Yes, 8,552 pound-feet of torque surge to the ground via four separate electric motors

pound-feet of torque surge to the ground via four separate electric motors producing 2,138 pound-feet each. Oh, and 228 horsepower each as well for a combined horsepower rating of 912. Needless to say, the car is stout. While the e-Sportlimousine is not light at 5,000 pounds, the electric motors are able to propel the car from 0 to 62 mph in only 2.8 seconds and its top speed is estimated to be around 236 mph.

Each of those three-phase electric motors gets its power from the nanoFLOWCELL powerplant — the largest reason for constructing the test-bed vehicle. As explained before the jump, the nanoFLOWCELL uses positively and negatively charged liquids to exchange electrons and thereby creating electricity. Check out the video below for a more in-depth explanation.

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DrivetrainAll-wheel-drive via 4 Three-phase induction motors. Torque vectoring for optimal drive torque distribution
Peak Power911 HP; 227 HP x 4
Operating Power643 HP; 160 HP x 4
Peak torque per wheel2138 LBS-FT x 4
Nominal voltage600 V
Nominal current50 A
0 to 60 mph2.8 seconds
Top speed236 mph

Prices

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

At this point the e-Sportlimousine is only a test vehicle for the nanoFLOWCELL technology with no plans to move it into full-scale production as of yet. However, with the immense growth and advancements in its technology, it’s possible we can see this type of system utilized in the next few decades. So check back with TopSpeed in 20 years or so for any updates.

Competition

While the e-Sportlimousine doesn’t pose a threat to any automakers currently, the only real competitor would be the Tesla Model S.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S uses lithium-ion battery packs to propel it down the road. It has to be frequently charged, however, by plugging it into a electrical source. Depending on which model you buy, (40kWh or 60kWh), the car will travel 160 or 230 miles between charges. Prices for the Model S currently start at $49,900 for the 40kWh.

Conclusion

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

A car such as the e-Sportlimousine pushes the envelop in engineering, design, and the notion of what’s possible in automotive development. While it’s sad the e-Sportlimousine will not make production, we know its technologies will continue to make developments, growing ever closer to a time when full-scale production is a possibility.

LOVE IT
  • Amazing looks
  • 8,552 pound-feet of torque!!
  • Outstanding new technologies are leading the way
LEAVE IT
  • Won’t make production
  • It’s rather large

Press Release

Elegant, sporty and with an extraordinary design that underscores the special character of this car as the platform for a revolutionary new powertrain technology – this is the QUANT e-Sportlimousine in its world premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

The initial ideas for the QUANT were born in 2003 in sketches by the La Vecchia brothers for a pioneering automobile, a revolutionary car for the future. Its revolutionary character was reflected in its unusual design right from the start. A first model was built in cooperation with a Swedish auto manufacturer in 2009 and presented at the Geneva Motor Show as the NLV Quant. This also served as the basis for the NLV Quant concept car that was presented in Geneva in 2010.

New powertrain and complete redesign

Following the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it was decided to pursue a completely new concept, both optically and technically. Every element of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine has been developed from the ground up over the last four years: new powertrain, complete redesign, and most importantly, every aspect of the new prototypes are designed with homologation requirements in mind. The new QUANT e-Sportlimousine is neither a show car, nor a concept car, it is the first automobile equipped with nanoFLOWCELL®. The extraordinary exterior of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine The flowing, sensual design of the exterior wins you over with its long, harmonious lines.
The roof line runs from the windscreen almost the entire length of the car to the wing-like, sculptured rear end. The goal was to give the car as much feeling of motion as possible to reflect the nanoFLOWCELL® at the heart of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine, as well to underscore the sporty, dynamic expression of what an e-sports-car should be.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

Impressive dimensions and proportions

With its impressive length of more than 5.25 metres, a width of more than 2.2 metres and a height of 1.35 metres, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine makes a bold statement on terms of its dimensions and proportions. Its 22 inch tyres also generously highlight the car’s sporting character.

No b-pillar and unusual gull-wing doors
A series of challenges, like the increased wheel base necessary to accommodate the increased volume of the electrolyte tanks, had to be overcome. The two unusually long gullwing doors, inspired by eagle wings, cover the complete front and rear seating areas and the car does without a b-pillar altogether. The large, 1.7 metre wide side windows can be lowered completely. The team’s passion for the extraordinary shows in some interesting details: the side window lowers into the gull-wing door faster at the front than at the rear. The extremely curved rear windscreen and the unusually curved front windscreen with its raked a-pillar, combine with the short front bonnet to make for impressive optics. “It was important to us that, despite its size and unusual dimensions, our four-seater QUANT e-Sportlimousine would be a sporty automobile. The front of the car is convincing, with its pronounced shoulders, self-confident look, and clear lines. Anyone who stands in front of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine will know exactly what I mean,” Nunzio La Vecchia is already excited about the public’s reaction to the car’s premier in Geneva.

The newly-developed colour of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine: Chrystal Lake Blue The new colour, “chrystal lake blue” developed exclusively for this vehicle, reflects the
character of the powertrain: The blue represents water and the copper the flowing of electricity. “The design is flowing, like fresh river water running around a rock,” development lead Nunzio La Vecchia describes the overarching concept of the design, which represents the heart and the origin of this car: the nanoFLOWCELL®.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

The interior: visionary, trailblazing design

Wood, copper, and leather dominate the interior design of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine. “We are pushing the envelope even with the interior of this car. We
pushed every component to the limits of design and technical possibilities. We’re making something completely new that will make others ask why no one has done this before,” explains Nunzio La Vecchia regarding the visionary approach to the design of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine by the nanoFLOWCELL AG company.

„Welcome Mode“ on entry

Just getting into the QUANT e-Sportlimousine equipped with nanoFLOWCELL® is an experience. As soon as the massive, almost 2-metre long gull-wing door has raised itself
above the driver’s seat and rear passenger seat, the QUANT “awakes” to greet the driver with its colossal, more than 1.25 metre front display showing important information about its charge state, flow cell data, driving range, and all infotainment system information. The carbon fibre monocoque with four individual seats and jet cockpit styling The flowing exterior design is reflected in the interior. The carbon fibre monocoque is referenced through two monocoque-like rows of seats, in state-of-the-art jet-cockpit style.

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

They are at the centre of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine. “Driver and passenger sit one behind another like in a monocoque racing car. One is surrounded by real wood and feels at one with nature,” Nunzio La Vecchia describes the special seating and its placement. “With the ambient lighting shining through the wood, which greets passengers as they enter the vehicle, you have the feeling of being integrated into the flow of the nanoFLOWCELL® or surrounded by it,” underscoring the intention behind the innovative RGB LED light strips in the car’s interior, which can be individually adjusted to the colour of your choice.

Widescreen cinema feeling with a 1.25 metre display

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

Modern display technology more than 1.25 metres wide and 16 centimetres tall, the front display gives this car that widescreen cinema feeling. Combination instruments, head unit, and entertainment are integrated across the display into a unified whole. Flowing lines from front to rear also dominate here. The instruments are clearly demarcated in a horizontal arrangement that reflects the horizontally arranged interior. Classic dials are replaced by fresh looking segments of circles.

A torque indicator replaces the tachometre you find in combustion-powered vehicles. It displays the torque values of all four electric motors as well as the complete functionality of the on board energy management system in real time.

Wood mounted capacitive sensorFLOW® switches

QUANT e-Sportlimousine

Another distinctive feature of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine are its wooden operating controls. The new sensorFLOW® technology provides a visual highlight never seen before in an automobile control elements. At first glance, you only see the natural, smooth ash wood surfaces. Once the QUANT e-Sportlimousine is activated, the control elements become visible through the natural wood. The blue bands of light appear through the wood to represent the flow of the nanoFLOWCELL®.

“The wood surfaces are so thin that a light touch of the finger on the sensorFLOW® icons triggers the appropriate action,” enthuses development lead Nunzio La Vecchia, “This innovation allows us use a sustainable material like wood to give you a direct connection to the digital control systems.”

Complete Android-based infotainment system

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine’s complete infotainment system is implemented in an Android-based system. The full palette of its functionality is principally designed to provide meaningful support to driver and passengers. Previously separate information domains are combined: driving data is not strictly separated from the infotainment system. Front and rear passengers are part of the ingenious displays. For example, the current energy efficiency and vehicle torque are displayed in clear 3d graphics. The vivid visualisations in the display also make every braking manoeuvre and every acceleration not only a sporting, but also an exciting visual experience.

QUANTmobile App

The new QUANTmobile App allows the driver to access the QUANT e-Sportlimousine’s climate and infotainment controls from outside the vehicle. Driving statistics and navigation functions are also accessible from a smartphone. Every control, from temperature and climate settings, to opening and closing the doors, has been implemented and is fully configurable.

Instead of offering only a selection of functions via “remote control”, the QUANTmobile App is a mobile part of the interior. Connecting your smartphone to the console is part of starting the vehicle. This fusion of the phone with the car makes it the touchpad control for controlling the entire infotainment system of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine. The QUANTmobile App will be available for iOS and Android devices.


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