Friday, 6 March 2009

Koenigsegg Quant

They're relatively new to the supercar game, but Koenigsegg have built a strong reputation on three fundamental principles: staggering performance, sumptuous quality and lateral thinking. It's the latter that led to the CCXR, a car the company dubbed 'the first green supercar', being significantly more powerful when run on bioethanol than pump fuel.

Their latest unveiling at Geneva takes the eco-performance angle a stage further. The Quant is all-electric and uses FAES (Flow Accumulator Energy Storage) technology in place of traditional batteries which, Koenigsegg claim, can be given a full charge in just 15 minutes. If the system proves to reliable, it will represent the most significant advance in real-world electric vehicles to date. The Quant also features photovoltaic paint for additional energy generation, meaning that the 310-mile range will increase when the sun's shining.

It's a passenger-centric four-seater, featuring two scissor-doors that cleverly have two separate side windows in each, 3-zone climate control and three video screens. However, it's no boulevard cruiser - a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds is claimed, while top speed is an impressive 170mph+.

Much like the CC8/CCR/CCX that preceded it, Quant demonstrates a raft of new ideas that, far from pipe-dreams, are genuinely applicable at production level. Offering performance, practicality and eco-friendliness, they somehow make a catch-all solution look so simple...

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