QUANT e-Sportlimousine makes a huge entrance at Geneva

The QUANT e–Sportlimousine: at 5.25 metres long, it shouldn't struggle to seat four in comfort. – AFP/Relaxnews, March 6, 2014.The QUANT e–Sportlimousine: at 5.25 metres long, it shouldn't struggle to seat four in comfort. – AFP/Relaxnews, March 6, 2014.But at more than 5.25 metres in length and 2.2 metres across, it really needs one.

Conceived as a way of offering the best in comfort and the best in performance while remaining carbon neutral, a future, road-going version of QUANT e-Sportlimousine could have a huge impact on personal mobility, but for the moment, it is simply huge.

Only a few centimetres shorter than a Rolls-Royce Phantom LWB edition limousine, there is very little on show at this year's Geneva Motor Show that the car doesn't physically dwarf.

And, if the performance figures quoted by the company's technical director, Nunzio La Vecchia, when he unveiled the car are accurate, there is also very little on display this year in Switzerland that the car can't potentially dwarf in terms of performance.

Thanks to its nanoFLOWCELL technology – essentially a new type of battery power that mimics the behavior of a fuel cell – and the fact that the car has an individual electric motor powering each of the four wheels, the car can deliver 11,600Nm or 8,555 lb-ft of torque, go from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 380km/h.

That's faster and more powerful than anything on this year's Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren or Bugatti stand.

However, best of all, the car should be able to cover between 400 and 600km on a single charge.

But the car's looks are just as astounding as its projected performance figures: the side windows are 1.7 metres long, its gullwing doors, when opened, have a span of some 2 metres.

Inside, it's surprisingly subtle. Everything is covered in an ultrafine wooden veneer that looks like solid wood until the ignition is activated and the car's dials and touch screens come to life behind it.

Following the official unveil the car will be used as a research and development vehicle for testing and showcasing the company's potentially revolutionary powertrain but the plan is to put it, or something very much like it into production by the end of 2015. – AFP/Relaxnews, March 6, 2014.


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