• 2012 Birmingham Bolt Concept

The vehicular jigsaw puzzle that is the Local Motors Rally Fighter has spawned another vehicular mashup from a group of businesses over in Birmingham, England primed to highlight the design and manufacturing capabilities in their native country, and gather the monetary gains that are currently going to Jaguar/Landrover, BMW, and Toyota. The new sports car concept is called the Birmingham Bolt and has been revealed at the 2012 Auto Expo in India. The Birmingham Bolt Concept is built from a chassis and body panels made from a combination of composite materials and aluminum. These materials allow the vehicle to weigh in at 3196 lbs, which isn’t svelte, but it will do. It is powered by a hybrid system that combines a 3.5 liter V6 engine with a 34-kW/46 HP electric motor and a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. This system will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 185 mph.

All of the parts used for the Birmingham Bolt were all acquired almost exclusively in the Birmingham area, including tires from Goodyear, the drivetrain from ZF Lemforder of Wednesbury, and the engine block from Shakespeare Forgings of Cradley Heath.

Will the Birmingham Bolt ever make it to production? Our guess is a solid no, but anything is possible if there is enough money getting thrown at it.

  • 2012 Birmingham Bolt Concept
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  • Engine:
    V6, plus a motor
  • Displacement:
    3500 L
  • Top Speed:
    185 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.2 sec.
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Source: Express and Star

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  (296) posted on 02.16.2012

Ha ha... It looks like this Bolt really intrigues everyone. Anyway, I must say that the V6 engine is kind of outdated. If they are serious about this car, they might want to improve it more, or it will be left behind.

  (428) posted on 02.14.2012

A fantastic concept that must be produced. Well, I do hope so. This has a very unique exterior design. As much as possible, I would love to purchased this.

  (599) posted on 02.9.2012

It shows the new features of these sports car. I love the initial outlook; it’s very aggressive. When will this be produced?

  (776) posted on 02.1.2012

a maximum speed of 185mph in Birmingham Bolt Concept is good enough to pursue. The engine is good to see, but what I’ve wanted to know is the exterior of this car and the output.

  (333) posted on 01.13.2012

What an impressive design! It shows the good concept of this new sports car. I like the initial outlook of this one and the layer itself. Fully packed with best features. I am wondering when will it be produced?

  (427) posted on 01.12.2012

Wow! I am hoping for this Bolt to get produced! With the great engine specs, who wouldn’t be excited. Please lend us the final design. smiley We are way too eager to find out, the color, the design, the lining - everything. smiley

  (419) posted on 01.11.2012

This Bolt Concept is very intriguing for me. Well I’m looking forward for the market production of this car soon.

  (399) posted on 01.10.2012

I am really hoping that its production will turn out not just an imagination. Bolt really looks cool when it is finished. And the plan seem so nice for this car.

  (399) posted on 01.9.2012

What an awesome design! I think all of the parts used are all expensive and could not easily bought from any store. It shows the good concept of this new sport car.

  (459) posted on 01.9.2012

I guess it is possible for the Bolt to get finished and out in the market. With a great concept like this, enough time and money shall invest. We’ll just have to wait, hope that sooner this concept won’t turn into a total waste.

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

Awesome! Bolt seems so intriguing with its initial outlook! Well, I will surely wait for another updated article about this one. However, it’s too sad to know that it’s one of the most unreliable vehicles these days.

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