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"Nature has never been so powerful." So sayeth Italdesign Giugiaro. Hmmm, nature has a tendency to be pretty darn powerful, but we suppose we'll let that one slide, considering that all they are trying to do is hype up their new eco-friendly concept car, the Quaranta. They have been teasing us with assorted pictures of this car for the last few weeks, but we finally have the whole view to show you. Last year around this time they were showing off their VAD.HO concept, which was powered by BMW's hydrogen V-12. The Quaranta, on the other hand, uses a 3.3 liter V6 and hybrid bits sourced from Toyota, giving enough power to accelerate from 0-60 in just about four seconds flat. The innovative powerplant is situated in the middle of this sportscar concept, and incorporates an electronic CVT transmission and two electric motors in what Giugiaro is calling their E-Four system. There is no driveshaft tunnel, so we suspect that one of the motors is powering the front wheels without a mechanical connection to the gasoline engine. Giugiaro is claiming that the system offers V8 power and lower emissions than a 4 cylinder. Besides charging the battery via the engine and the energy recaptured when braking, the battery can also be charged by the integral solar panels on the roof.
Mimicking the 1968 Bizzarrini Manta concept, the Quaranta features a 1+3 seating arrangement, offering room for the driver, two passengers and a child. The only thing "green" about the Manta concept was the paint, as a large Chevrolet V8 powered that machine. In this day and age, though, concept cars point not only towards future styling direction, but also to future powertrain alternatives.