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off X topic but on 'sporty hybrid' topic, check out what Giugiaro's doing

February 11 2005 at 5:24 AM
Mac 


Response to How about a sporty Hybrid?

Who says hybrids can not also be supercars? It should be up to the Italians to break that stereotype, and Giugiaro is already on it... -Mac

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From Italdesign.it:

Toyota Volta
ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY. THE SUPERCAR OF THE FUTURE.





“We have entered a new era. We have created a hybrid that has nothing to do with the typical electric power vehicle which so often flaunts rather unappealing characteristics”, Fabrizio Giugiaro asserts.



“When creating the volumes of this eco supercar, the idea at the back of my mind was to recapture the stylish features of the central-engine models, whicht I had already used with the BMW Nazca, the Alfa Romeo Scighera and the Volkswagen V 12, to demonstrate that if a racing shell can combine a “clean” and innovative propulsion system, the headroom for creating and designing environmentally-friendly sedan and compact cars of the future would be huge.” Mindful of this, Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist and discoverer of the voltaic pile, was called to bear witness to an exciting stage of automotive technological research, a momentum placing demands on the depth of resources required from auto-mobile manufacturers to meet head-on pressing environmental issues such as gas emissions and the unrelenting consumption of oil-derivative products.



Italdesign-Giugiaro could not have chosen a more appropriate partner than Toyota for venturing into this theme of thought. As confirmed by Giorgetto Giugiaro: “We have been working with Toyota for more than 25 years.



We are proud to have worked towards putting in place a hybrid prototype because the advanced expertise and commitment of the Nagoya Carmaker to mixed wheel-drive moves beyond day-to-day boundaries”.




 
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