The oddest launch at the LA motor show was the Capstone CMT 380.
It’s a hybrid supercar with electric power from 96 lithium ion batteries and assistance from a 30kW biodiesel-powered micro-turbine - essentially a jet engine.
This combination gives it an electronically limited 150mph top speed and it shoots to 60mph in 3.9sec.
Just in electric mode it’s good for an 80-mile range but this extends to 500 miles when the turbine is brought into play. Emissions are said to be ‘ultra-low’ but no figure is available.
Capstone has made its name supplying micro-turbines to power office blocks, but the car itself was designed by Richard Hilleman, a video games millionaire.
The company plans to scale up production next year, producing around 10 to 15 cars to be sold at £171,000, probably in kit form.
Company boss Jim Crause told Autocar that there are no reasons why the CMT 380 couldn’t make it to the UK, because right-hand drive conversion is a simple process.