Capstone CMT 380 makes splash at the LA Auto Show
While a number of the world’s biggest carmakers have all come down to the LA Auto Show to showcase their latest cars, a number of lesser-known brands have also been making waves at the event, one of which is the Capstone CMT 380.
Designed and created by Electronic Arts’ Chief Creative Director – awesome job, by the way – Richard Hillerman, the CMT 380 is a hybrid supercar that draws its electric power from 96 lithium-ion batteries coupled with a 30 kw bio-diesel-powered micro turbine giving the hybrid supercar an electronically limited top speed of 150mph and a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds. The CMT 380’s electric mode tops at around 80 miles but when the turbine enters the picture, the car’s range skyrockets to around a more-than-worth-it 500 miles.
If the name ‘Capstone’ rings a bell to any of you, they’re company that specializes on providing micro turbines to power office blocks. It might be far-off from the auto industry, but who’s to say they can’t try their luck, right?
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Besides, the CMT 380 definitely looks the part of a supercar and it’s got some serious power underneath that long black hood. Even the price tag is befitting of the stature; it sells for £171,000 ($283,860). Despite not being a household name especially when you compare to its more-established competition, Capstone is optimistic that the CMT 380 will go over with the public, especially those looking for a supercar alternative.
"Not only does this car look great and is fun to drive, but its low-maintenance, high-efficiency turbine engine makes it a stress-free, no compromise hybrid," said Hilleman, CMT-380 co-creator. "The CMT-380 is perfect for people who want it all. These kinds of customers value a high level of driving performance but also are concerned about social issues such as reducing greenhouse emissions and limiting our country’s dependence on foreign oil."
As far as the company’s plans are concerned, Capstone is expected to produce around 10 to 15 cars, which are expected to be sold in kit form.