Geneva '08 Preview: Zenz concept going for clean performance
Here's another concept to add to the long list of four-wheeled flights of fancy we'll soon be covering in the land where hot cocoa runs free, i.e. Geneva. The Zenz is penned by Ralf Zenz, a German car designer who's all about marrying high-performance and efficiency in one fun package. Though the car on display in Geneva will just be a model, it shows off the slippery design that achieves a drag coefficient of just 0.21Cd, something we suppose that's not that hard to achieve when you ditch such real world features as door handles, sideview mirrors and windshield wipers. Nevertheless, an efficient 140-hp diesel engine propelling only 1,675 lbs. of car should make for decent performance. Zenz claims the concept's top speed is 143 mph, while its efficiency target is pegged at 3.0 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. There are no plans to sell the Zenz, but it, like every concept in Geneva, will vie for the attention of automakers and well-funded venture capitalists who could put it on the path to production.
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