Electric Car Company

electric Coupé

The Electric Car Co was recently founded in Thailand. Their first model, the electric Coupé was designed by Richard Gresens and developed by three Swiss companies: Horlacher, Esoro and Pasol.
Air conditioning, electric windows, central locking with remote control, electrically adjustable mirrors, heated front and rear windscreens, as well as a CD Hi-FI car stereo system are all parts of the package.
The energy to drive the electric Coupé is stored in two sodium nickel chloride batteries from AEG Anglo batteries with a capacity of 25 kWh, enough to travel 160 km on a single charge. The body is made up of 98 % composite materials.
A feature of the car is the TFT computer display which replaces the normal dash instruments and gives the driver access to more information (e.g. battery state, navigation information, telephone/telefax etc.)
The first car should roll out from the Thai factory in 1997.

Lamborghini Diablo SV

The SV (Sport Veloce) badge once was used on ta special Miura. A Lambo Miura was exhibited near Lamborghini: at Bertone.
The new Diablo SV is a lightweight version of the Diablo.
The Diablo SV is 46 kg lighter than its base. Its equipped with the "over 500 HP", 5.7 litre, V12 Lamborghini engine. "Sub 4 secs to 100 km/h. THe SV can attain a max. speed of over 300 km/h.
The SV is another step towards gentleman's racing. "An idea the company is actually working on" according to the president and CEO of Automobile Lamborghini, Michael J. Kimberley. A version with racing stickers also were presented.

NedCar Access



ACCESS stands fro Aluminium-Based Concept of a CO2 Emissions Saving Subcompact car.
"Main objectives in the ACCESS project were to reduce the emission of pollutant gasses, fuel consumption, and the exterior noise."
The ACCESS was developed by NedCar Product Design & Engineering, Netherlands with lots of industrial partners thoroughout Europe.
The engine is a 4-cylinder, multipoint injection unit, which, at a later stage, can be easily converted to be fuelled by natural gas.
The chassis is designed with a maximum use of aluminium. The complete front axle consists of the subframe, wheel control arms, steering gear, anti-roll bar, knuckles, spring struts and wheels.
The rear wheel suspension concists of four main paets. The axle body with torsion beams is welded together from extruded aluminium components. Separate floating wheel carriers are connected to the axle body by links and rubber bushes. Springs and shock absorbers lay completely underneath the boor floor. Wheels and brake components from the fourth part of the rear wheel suspension.
The X-shaped extrusion profile is compact and gives the axle a high bending stiffnes, while at the same time allowing high torsional deflections.

I should go on and on but for now that's all about this car. If you want to know more, drop me a line.

Valmet Softop

The Softop is a fully automated convertible top. It was first presented at the 1995 Geneva Autoshow in a mock-up. This year the mock-up has been redesigned and so did the Softop.
The Softop folding and unfolding mechanism are controlled with a single switch. The same swithc also activates the powetr latching of the Softop onto the windscreen frame. Manual latching is also available. The movements of the Softop are based on high quality kinematics.
Valmet Automotive is a member of the Finnish Valmet Group. The factory was founded in 1968 and situated in Uusikaupunki on the south-west coast of Finland.
Today the factory is manufacturing Saab 900 Convertibles and Opel Calibras.

Zagato Raptor

SZ Design (Centro Stile Zagato) was established in 1994 after Zagato halted operation.
Their new coupé, named Raptor is powered by a Lambo Diablo V12 492 bhp engine.
It was designed with CAD-CAM technology and this should be explanation for the 1 month build-up time.
The usual Zagato styling element, the "double bubble" roofline been included.
The running prototype will be tested by Lamborghini before featuring at Pebble Beach in August.

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Copyright March, 1996
Paul Negyesi
Budapest, Hungary.
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