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2012 Birmingham Bolt Concept

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.

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