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Quant e-Sportlimousine, perhaps the most spectacular Geneva concept

Published by on Mar 7, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Quant e-Sportlimousine

Have you heard of NanoFlowcell? Good, neither did we. It’s a company based in Liechtenstein (for those of you that skipped geography classes, it’s a tiny country in Central Europe) that was founded in 2013 and whose focus is “the advanced development of drive technology and the classification of flow-cell technology.” And even though few people heard about them before the Geneva Motor Show, the company unveiled one of the show’s most beautiful creations, the Quant e-Sportlimousine. The concept is 5.25 meters long and 2.2 meters wide, being longer than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, for example, and with a longer wheelbase too.

The prototype is an excellent exercise in design, but the real masterpiece is under the bonnet. Because the concept is built around nanotechnology, that area of technology that involves research at atomic and molecular scale (does the Revolution TV series sound familiar to anyone?). Anyway, the Quant’s drivertrain is based on the so-called “Flow Batteries”, which are a combination of normal batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. However, the company hasn’t released full details on how exactly this technology works, so guess we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.

What we do know is the car boasts some impressive performance specs. It uses four electric motors, one powering each wheel, and the entire system produces a massive 925 hp at full load plus, and we quote the official press release here, “2900 Nm from each motor”. That is massive! The concept is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 236 mph. Featuring two tanks of liquid electrolyte (used by the batteries), the Quant e-Sportlimousine offers a driving range between 250 and 370 miles.

According to NanoFlowcell, the concept has been developed in a lab in Zurich and the first fully functional units will be ready by the end of the year. However, a production model won’t be ready earlier than 2015. “In the coming months and years, we will work with our system development partner Bosch Engineering GmbH on further development and international homologation of the Quant e-Sportlimousine,” said Nunzio La Vecchia, the company’s founder. “Transforming an initial prototype with NanoFlowcell powertrain into a series-production vehicle that can be used around the world is a big challenge. We are certain that we can manage it with this established and experienced partner.”

Oh, and speaking of La Vecchia, though his project sounds interesting, we can’t help notice his appreciation for Caesar Flickerman. Anyway, make sure you check out the Quant e-Sportlimousine photo gallery below.

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Source: NanoFlowcell

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