On sale this year; 770bhp electric motor; 0-60mph in 3sec
9 February 2010

A microturbine powered supercar with a 0-60mph time of 3.0sec and top speed in excess of 200mph will go on sale later this year.

The carbonfibre-built Velozzi supercar is powered by a 770bhp AC-induction electric motor charged by a 65kW microturbine built by Capstone, which made headlines when it unveiled its own supercar prototype at last year's LA motor show.

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According to Velozzi, the car has an electric-only range of 200 miles, when the diesel-powered microturbine kicks in to recharge the batteries and give the car a range of more than 1000 miles.

Velozzi is also planning a second microturbine-powered car. The Velozzi Solo is a lightweight electric crossover with an on-board 30kW microturbine. It will go on sale next year.

Velozzi is a Los Angeles-based car design and manufacturing firm.

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9 February 2010

This is the future. Jaguar are planning to do this on the XJ.....

9 February 2010

Far be it from me to cast doubt on this project...

A range of 200 miles from the electric motor only? How come, with all the millions GM are sinking into the Volt, they can only get forty?

It's going to need a bloody long flex....

9 February 2010

That sounds much better down the pub than saying I drive a hybrid or diesel, “yes I drive a 770bhp turbine super car” just need to drop the micro. I was waiting to read at the bottom a turbine only has two moving parts and therefore requires a service every 100K miles and is really cheap to make. Is this technically a better solution than something like the Amper?

9 February 2010

[quote Straff]A range of 200 miles from the electric motor only? How come, with all the millions GM are sinking into the Volt, they can only get forty?[/quote]

The Tesla is listed at 220 miles which might be a better comparison.

9 February 2010

Maybe this will make the 'hybrids are boring, give me a big V8 any day' brigade think again. Then again, probably not... Anyway, I agree that this is definitely the future for performance cars. Electric motors are ideal for giving huge bursts of power. In real-world conditions, this is what I love, and if I can throttle back and get superb economy when I want it, so much the better.

9 February 2010

To be honest this is press release bull. In a performance car why bother with 200 miles worth of batteries and the weight that comes with it when you have an onboard generator?

Autocar should know better than to put up poorly thought through over-hyped press release material like this on its website.

Yes serial hybrids are probably one of the best ways forward and yes gas turbines represent a potential way to increase efficiency of the on board generator. But the reputation of this technology could be ruined if organisations like Autocar unthinkingly publish articles on fantasies without comment.

9 February 2010

Autocar put this on the forums to see the reactions it got,and it did!,like you i'm a bit sceptical about the claims, ok, 200mls seems plausable, but recharging via a diesel generator give a thousand miles!,hmm,this is like a science fiction story where a being from another planet gives us technology from the future now!

Peter Cavellini.

9 February 2010

[quote Autocar]A microturbine powered supercar with a 0-60mph time of 3.0sec and top speed in excess of 200mph will go on sale later this year.[/quote] Actually the Velozzi will have two top speeds: it is probably capable of 200mph for a matter of minutes before the batteries discharge, thereafter it will limp along at around 100mph with the power provided by the turbine. It would be interesting to know what is the actual capacity of the batteries, and also under what conditions the 200 mile range is achieved? It would be no fun at all if this meant driving at a steady low speed, as is probable...

9 February 2010

I like the idea of the turbine and its simplicity and ability to run on almost any fuel, my only concern is how they will handle the heat and noise it will produce.

[quote Straff]How come, with all the millions GM are sinking into the Volt, they can only get forty?[/quote]

The reason the Volt/Ampera only gets 40 miles is because most people drive less than that amount daily, so why add extra expense/weight and price the car even higher when you don’t need to. It’s a pragmatic well thought out approach to the problem, as batteries become more energy dense and lighter they can shed the generator all together, but in the short term it makes the most sense.

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9 February 2010

This is the future of hybrid drivetrains, as anyone who's been unfortunate enough to talk to me about cars in the last five years will know. The IC/Electric hybrid is a stupid idea: the microturbine is WAY more reliable, WAY lighter, a lot more compact, doesn't require nearly as much cooling, produces far less under-bonnet drag, has far fewer frictional losses... all it needs to do is turn an alternator or generator. It'll burn just about anything flammable than can be poured (biodiesel and bioethanol included) and will be a lot more economical than anything this side of a VW Lupo diesel - and I'd like to see one of those go 100k+ between services! Curiously, Rover were working on jet cars as far back as the early 50s, and, I have it on good authority, were looking at microturbine-electric hybrids in the late 60s...


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