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Quaranta Concept news - Wedge of reason - 2008

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Giorgetta Giugiaro’s Italdesign studio has
gone all 1980s with a new sports concept called the Quaranta.

The wedgier-than-a-doorstop-emporium
Quaranta is described as a ‘four-wheel-drive super-sports car’, and is powered
by a Toyota-sourced hybrid drivetrain.

A 3.3-litre petrol engine is mated to a
battery system with a pair of electric motors, a system that, says Italdesign,
will allow the Quaranta to manage 621 miles on a single tank but also crack
60mph in just four seconds.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system is supplemented
by electrical power from the roof-mounted solar panels - a roof that hinges
right off from the front of the car. Like opening a pistachio nut. Or

The roof isn’t the only bit of oddball
design on the Quaranta. There’s a McLaren F1-style three-seat layout, with the
driver in the middle - but with a space behind for a child. A very small child,
by the looks of things.

In the cabin, the traditional stalks have
been replaced by keys - presumably the button sort rather than the Chubb lock sort.

With its wedgy, monobox shape and
squared-off rear end, the Quaranta should at least be seriously aerodynamic. To
keep things slippy, Italdesign has done away with the front grille, instead
opting for two air inlets above the headlights which apparently help to
stabilise the front wheels at speed.

Italdesign says that the Quaranta’s retro
looks are ‘modelled on F1 styling’, but we can’t help noticing the resemblance
to Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker car. Just us? Oh.

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