World’s Fastest Hybrid Makes the Rounds at GoodwoodBy Chris Weiss
Looking at the Frazer-Nash Namir by Giugario, the last words to race through one’s mind are “fuel efficiency” or “hybrid”. No, no, the aerodynamic, raw-power-emanating machine paints a picture of guzzling gasoline like a thirsty wayfarer while tearing the painted lines straight off your local open road. Yet it’s a true hybrid, using a configuration of a .8-liter rotary engine powering an electric-motor for each wheel. As we reported when we first saw it in Geneva, the “world’s fastest hybrid” is capable of speeds up to 187 mph and a 0 to 62 of just 3.7 seconds. Fuel efficiency has been predicted at the equivalent of 100 MPG.
The hybrid supercar showed up at Goodwood this past weekend and competed in the hillclimb where it used just two motors powering the rear wheels. Given the slimmed-down configuration, the car didn’t meet its full potential, but designers hope to have it running at full speed in the near future. Some new details on the Namir: 60-mile traveling distance in EV-only mode, capability of dropping the gas engine and running the full 60 miles purely electric with use of charger and plans to turn the awe-inspiring concept into a few marketable models. [via Jalopnik and Autocar]