Some of you may remember the NanoFlowcell Quant E from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, while others may know the "Quant" name from an ill-fated Koenigsegg concept car presented at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, and then as the NLV Quant at the 2010 edition of the show. In 2015 we will apparently see another upgrade for the Quant, this time under the NanoFlowcell Quant F moniker. Confused yet? Don’t worry, there are plenty more peculiar details about the model on the horizon, especially since it started as an electric car powered in part by the sun and evolved into an electric car that runs on salt water.

The mastermind behind the Quant is a fellow named Nunzio La Vecchia, a self-proclaimed scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and philantropist, who also finds the time to cater to his music career and glorious young Elvis Presley hairdo. On paper, the Quant looks like the green sports sedan we have all been waiting for, but there are a lot of feasibility problems with it, not to mention that La Vecchia has been linked with some shady business decisions in the past.

Click past the jump to read more about the NanoFlowcell Quant F Gullwing Electric Sports Coupe.

  • 2015 NanoFlowcell Quant F Gullwing Electric Sports Coupe
  • Year:
    2015
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1075
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    150000 (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 NanoFlowcell Quant F Gullwing Electric Sports Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Forget the Tesla Model S or the ill-fated Fisker Karma, this is what a futuristic sports-luxury sedan with green credentials is supposed to look like. The new Quant F has been slightly restyled compared to the 2014 Quant E, with the Lichtenstein-based carmaker also choosing to change its color from "chrystal lake blue" to a flashier red, which should exhibit the model’s sexy curves in a much nicer way. The car’s front end may remind some of the Porsche 918 Spyder’s... rear end, with the Quant’s headlights outline being not unlike that of the Porsche’s taillights.

Speaking of which, the Quant F now features a pair of headlights which use an array of back-lit crystals that project a "Q" when the headlamps are switched on – with La Vechia calling them Quanteyes. The side profile features a gigantic gull-wing door that provides access to the interior for both front and rear passengers, while the overall lines are as sleek as they come. The rear end is equally sexy, with the double-bubble roof hugging a similarly shaped rear window not unlike the Peugeot RCZ or a number of Zagato models. On the whole, the Quant F is certainly a looker from just about every angle, mixing futuristic and classic lines to form a very nice package.

Interior

Featuring an Android-based infotainment system, the Quant provides the driver and passengers with a number of functions via a gigantic, widescreen front display that spans the entire width of the cockpit. Each passenger is surrounded by fine leather, aluminum inserts and a special type of wood, with integrated "sensorflow" operating controls that blend seamlessly with the overall design. Unlike the first concept car made in collaboration with Koenigsegg, the new model features a single door window, which the carmaker says lowers faster at the front than at the rear, making for an unusual look.

Drivetrain

La Vecchia says that the newest concept features an improved powertrain, which now develops 1,075 horsepower using four electric motors. The new model also features a two-speed transmission that the company has developed in-house, giving the car a top speed of "over 186 mph" in all-electric mode.

The Quant F is apparently powered by a new type of battery, which uses a salt water-based ionic liquid to store electric energy. The model’s range is allegedly 497 miles, courtesy of two fuel tanks, each storing 250 liters of the ionic liquid – one with a positive charge and the other with a negative charge. In theory, the car’s "batteries" work in similar ways to a fuel cell, with the reaction between the two ionic fluids creating electric current, which is then stored by two supercapacitors. The setup is known as a flow battery, hence the "nanoFlowcell" company name.

The Quant F is said to offer a 2.8-seconds 0-60 mph time, a top speed of over 186 mph and the possibility of either all-wheel-drive or RWD, both options featuring electronically controlled torque vectoring. It sounds great on paper, especially looking at the "zero emissions" bit, but I’m almost convinced that those are just numbers to draw in investors, especially since not a single running prototype of the model has been spotted. This is despite the company getting a German TUV certificate in 2014, which in theory allows the Quant to be tested on public roads.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 2-speed automatic transmission with four electric motors
Output 1,075 HP
Top speed 300 KM/H (186 MPH)

Prices

This is a concept car that features a futuristic and unproven means of propulsion. The production model, if there ever is one, will probably go for more than $1 million.

Competition

Tesla Model S P85D

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Featuring a more traditional way to harness electric power for its two electric motors, the Tesla Model S P85D is currently the world’s fastest-accelerating sedan. In the so-called "insane" mode, the P85D can accelerate from naught to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, while an upcoming wireless update will allow it to do it 0.1 second faster. Those numbers come thanks to a combined output of 691 horsepower and 687 pound-feet of torque, while the car’s EPA range is 253 miles.

Starting at a little over $100,000, the Tesla Model S P85D also comes with the added practicality of two luggage compartments and pair of child-sized jumps seats in the rear, thus offering room for up to seven passengers. Tesla has an ever-increasing network of Supercharger stations, which allow its customers to charge their cars for up to 180 miles of range in around 30 minutes.

Conclusion

2015 NanoFlowcell Quant F Gullwing Electric Sports Coupe Exterior
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In theory, the technology sported by the Quant F sounds like a dream come true, especially for environmental car aficionados, not to mention the fact that the concept looks drop-dead gorgeous. Getting back to Earth, the company could use a much better PR firm to handle its Internet persona. While doing a bit of digging on him, I came across a Swiss article that said La Vecchia was ordered by court to pay back approximately 44 million Swiss francs to the heirs of a wealthy Zurich woman.

Allegedly, his physics doctorate is phoney, and the self-proclaimed inventor and musician charmed an old woman into investing huge sums of money in his "revolutionary solar power technology." If some of you remember, the original Koenigsegg Quant was said to harness electricity via a special solar film applied on the car, but the Swedish hypercar manufacturer has since cut all ties with Nunzio, with the company’s official website not even mentioning the 2009 concept car. All this dubious information, paired with the unfeasability of actual production for the Quant makes me think that it will be just another good-looking concept car that won’t go anywhere.

  • Leave it
    • Likely just vaporware
    • Company owner may be linked to shady businesses
    • Not cheap if it ever gets put into production

Press Release

"This car is enormously powerful, environment-friendly and unique in one," says Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFlowcell AG, of the new QUANT F, which will have its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show on 3 March 2015.

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The four-seater e-sports saloon with nanoFlowcell® drive technology is a further development of the QUANT E from 2014, the first automobile with flow cell drive to be approved by the German TÜV technical inspection authority.

"The new QUANT F has been completely re-engineered and re-designed. With its new 2-speed automatic transmission we have developed a new drive system, the likes of which has not existed to date. This 2-speed transmission was developed in-house specifically for impressive QUANT performance with nanoFlowcell®. A top speed of over 300 km/h in all-electric mode with nanoFlowcell® drive technology and zero harmful emissions round off the exceptional performance attributes of the new QUANT F.

The new QUANT F - environment-friendly dynamic performance with 1090 hp/801.69 kW

"The QUANT F is a complete re-design of its predecessor, the QUANT E, and stands apart not only in terms of appearance with its red colour but also as a result of the integration of newly developed technical components. We have achieved a further improvement in performance figures with the nanoFlowcell®. With the QUANT F we are currently able to attain peak output of 1090 PS/801.69 kW for a limited duration and a maximum rated voltage of 735 V (previously 600 V). This represents a massive increase for an electric vehicle. In this connection, I would expressly like to point out that we researchers are not interested here in pumping up hp/kW figures, but rather in realising what is technically feasible. For both technical and economic reasons, the rated voltage for normal operation of the QUANT F will stand at approximately 400 V in future. This enables efficient and economical driving and means correspondingly greater ranges accompanied by outstanding performance with zero harmful emissions," explains Chief Technical Officer, Nunzio La Vecchia.

2015 NanoFlowcell Quant F Gullwing Electric Sports Coupe Exterior
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The enhanced nanoFlowcell® continuously feeds over 50 amperes of current into the newly developed buffer system of the QUANT F. In turn, this buffer system is briefly able to supply over 2000 amperes when needed for full performance. "To our knowledge, no-one has ever before put a system delivering over 2000 amperes on the road in a passenger car. This is unique. We achieve this by combining our flow battery with the new buffer system. This system opens up vast potential for the future of electric mobility," says Nunzio La Vecchia.

A newly developed monocoque made of carbon fibre with a narrower A-pillar provides the QUANT F with a more spacious interior and elegant lines while offering exceptional safety for four passengers.

Range of 800 km with nanoFlowcell® and ionic fluid

In addition to the QUANT F’s outstanding performance data and design, the vehicle also boasts impressive range: "Please consider that we are driving a 5.25-metre long sports saloon in all-electric mode over a range of 800 km. This is not a small car, but a large saloon for four people. A sports saloon. As such, nanoFlowcell AG is pointing the way to the future shape of sustainable electric mobility," observes La Vecchia.
As an alternative drive system, the nanoFlowcell® is operated with an ionic fluid. "Instead of using hydrogen and oxygen as in a conventional fuel cell, we work with two ionic fluids - one with a positive charge and one with a negative charge," explains Nunzio La Vecchia. With a total tank capacity of 500 litres, comprising two times 250 litres in two tanks accommodated separately in the QUANT’s substructure, in the space of only nine months we have achieved an increase in range of over 30 percent in comparison to the QUANT E from 2014. "We are only in the initial phase of our development work. The fact that we store the energy for our drive in a fluid provides us with enormous advantages over systems employed to date in the field of electric mobility. We can use all the cavities in the vehicle to transport the ionic fluid. As the fluid is neither flammable nor toxic, we believe we are absolutely on the right track with this medium," Nunzio La Vecchia adds.

Disengageable front axle for optimum performance

As another innovation on the QUANT F, the permanent 4x4 all-wheel drive, which is implemented via four electric motors, can be converted automatically into a rear-wheel drive at appropriately high speeds or high acceleration rates. To this end the front axle is declutched and subsequently runs in idling mode. "We endeavour to provide the driver with optimum acceleration and stability in every driving situation, especially at higher speeds. This is easier to achieve with rear-wheel drive than with permanent 4x4 drive," explains La Vecchia.

2-stage rear aerofoil for sporty driving

The 2-stage aerofoil is another new feature on the QUANT F. This is activated automatically on attaining a speed of 80 km/h, applying additional negative lift force to the rear wheels for sporty driving, particularly at high speeds. "Thanks to its aerodynamic design, the QUANT F achieves outstanding drag coefficients. The 2-stage rear aerofoil enables the driver to apply the necessary grip to the road for even sportier driving, even at extremely high speeds and acceleration rates. It’s the ultimate thrill behind a steering wheel," enthuses Nunzio La Vecchia.

"QUANTeYES" headlamps

"As a research and development company, we are always endeavouring to push back the boundaries and introduce innovations which are unknown to the market. An example in 2014 was the sensorFlow Technology®, our capacitive switches projected onto real wood. We have now come up with something new once again in the field of light technology: In the front lights of the QUANT F we have installed back-lit crystals which project a "Q" for QUANT when the headlamps are switched on. The front lights of the QUANT F now have the appearance of eyes with pupils. QUANT eyes - giving rise to the name QUANTeYES. This lends the entire front section even more personality and gives it a special face," observes Chief Technical Officer La Vecchia.

Exterior already 100 percent compatible with homologation requirements, interior over 90 percent compatible

2015 NanoFlowcell Quant F Gullwing Electric Sports Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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With the new QUANT F, nanoFlowcell AG is aiming for homologation for the purposes of series production. "The exterior of the new QUANT F is already 100% in compliance with the requirements pertaining to series production homologation on a technical level. The interior is around 90% in compliance with homologation requirements. Homologation requirements currently still require to be met with regard to the rear display, the airbags, the complex crash tests and formal tests and documentation. The crash tests are to be carried out in the USA and in Germany. Though I must say the idea of putting such a fascinating car through a crash test really grates on me," says Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFlowcell AG.

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