Infiniti's Emerg-E: look familiar?
Gorgeous concept designed by same man behind 23-year old Tokyo motor show car…
Posted: 06 Jul 2012
"We took a Lotus Evora platform and stretched the wheelbase to match the design. We think it makes it look more beautiful," says Hardcastle with a cheeky grin. "Then [deep breath] we put a Lotus range extender engine in there - a 1.2-litre three cylinder unit producing 47bhp - which drives a generator which charges a battery that stores the energy, which is then delivered through four inverters to two twin rotor motors."
Phew. At the moment, he reckons the car develops around 400bhp and an astronomical 737lb ft instantly. 0-60mph is benchmarked at around four seconds. "But it's been raining every time we tried so we've not done that yet," admits Hardcastle. "It's done 130mph at Millbrook, and because it's a work in progress, we don't know what it's capable of."