• Nov 4, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ronn Motor Company Scorpion

The list of small firms claiming to be on the verge of creating the next motoring revolution grows each week, but Ronn Motor Company might have the ability to back up the hype. Ronn Maxwell and a team of fabricators, engine builders and all-around car guys, wanted to create a supercar that delivered striking good looks, engaging driving dynamics and a bit of green technology to bring the supercar into the 21st century. The result is the 450-hp Scorpion and its hotter, 600-hp sibling, the Scorpion HX.

Built off a lightweight chrome-moly chassis shrouded in a carbon fiber body, the Scorpion has a seductive shape backing up its sting, along with 20-inch MOZ wheels and 12-inch Wilwood disc brakes. The 3.5-liter DOHC VTEC-equipped V6 is pulled from the 2008 Acura TL Type-S and mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual sending power to the rear wheels through an LSD. The standard Scorpion puts out 450 hp, while the HX uses a duo of turbos and a proprietary intercooler setup to bring output up to 600 hp. Preliminary 0-60 times aren't available yet (we'd guess somewhere in the 3.5-second range), but top speed should be in excess of 200 mph.

While coaxing 600 hp out of twin-turbo'd 3.5-liter V6 isn't a huge feat, the H2GO Hydrogen On-Demand system is the Scorpion's showpiece. The system produces hydrogen through the electrolysis of water while the vehicle is in motion, creating 130-octane hydrogen in gaseous form. A mixture of gasoline and hydrogen is injected into the intake manifold, along with a 30-40 percent mixture of air. That allows the Scorpion to keep emissions at a minimum while returning an estimated 40 mpg.

Ronn Motors will have its press conference a few hours from now, so expect more details – and possibly production plans – to follow later today


Photos copyright ©2008 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The 3.5L V6 in the '08 Acura TL Type-S is actually an SOHC unit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember their first announcement and alot of people on autoblog ragged on this Co. Now who is laughing? This is another game changer...solutions and can do spirit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not proven at all, a lot of people can make a prototype and claim whatever they want. Just look at the mustang that claims it gets 80mpg. Doesn't mean anything until others can test it.

        The 600hp with a V6 TT isn't really that hard as people point out.

        The 40mpg is what people are skeptical about and they didn't prove anything about that. It's still words on paper for now until people test it. EVs and hybrids are all tested and proven to get the efficiencies they claim. This onboard hydrogen injection idea haven't been proven at all. If you believe it so much you should go buy one of those kits on eBay.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now who needs a Prius? ^_^v
      • 6 Years Ago
      Before somebody says 'no way that car can get 40mpg', keep in mind they didn't say city/highway.

      If you're not sold on the hydrogen system, it may not matter. The car weighs about the same as a Lotus Elise.

      So which the guy might be nuts for attributing the MPG gains on a hydrogen-on-demand system, it is perfectly feasible that his ultralight car is, in fact, very green.

      2 ideas. Light weight + hydrogen. 1 might work even if the other doesn't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "While coaxing 600 hp out of 3.5-liter V6 is a feat unto itself"

      Really? There are a few GTI's currently putting out 600hp with the 2.0T, and a host of R32s putting out 600hp with a bi turbo 3.2-liter V6, when was the last time 600hp from a 3.5-liter V6 and a pair of turbos was considered a 'feat'?

      The whole hydrogen setup, hell yes, but 600hp from a bi turbo 3.5l? nah. I didn't think those kind of numbers were remarkable in general, let alone the honda community, but maybe I'm misinformed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed - friend of mine has a 506hp Nissan Sentra SE-R V-spec - and they de-stroked the motor back to 2.3L in the process. It's not his daily driver, but it does get a lot of trips to the grocery store.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's an Autoblog article explaining why hydrogen generators don't work.

      http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/08/04/why-on-board-hydrogen-generators-wont-boost-your-mileage/
      • 6 Years Ago
      That color kicks ass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A hot wheels car comes to life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its not the it works or does not work that gets me excited my friend..its the fact that someone is rolling up their shirt sleeve and doing something. Whats in your garage? Dirty Clothes and fabric softner?
        • 6 Years Ago
        But that's not what people are arguing over. If they are just claiming to make a supercar there wouldn't be nearly as much people discussing the topic or doubting them (ie look at the hydrogen injection thread Ted posted, 140 comments). Quite frankly it's not that significant anymore to have a garage made supercar compared to the significance of new fuel techonlogy.

        People have been doing supercar startups for a while now. You can look at SSC and a whole bunch of new supercar companies from abroad (Arash, Bolwell, etc). There will be little people doubting that they can make the car if it's just a supercar. However the hydrogen injection claim is a whole other story.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why doesn't Acura use this engine in the new RWD (or RWD-biased AWD) RL? That would make more sense to me than using a V8. It's powerful AND environmentally-friendly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The system produces hydrogen through the electrolysis of water while the vehicle is in motion"

      Oh god. Let the never ending discussion commence...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Farris,

        I hope you're kidding.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The system produces hydrogen through the electrolysis of water while the vehicle is in motion, creating 130-octane hydrogen in gaseous form."

        I had no idea that elemental Hydrogen contained octane!
        • 6 Years Ago
        So how does the vehicle get in motion in the first place? Where are these Electolysis going to be stored? Is it feasible, affordable? Why a coupe? When is the Exxon tanker going to transform into a Decipticon and destroy this vehicle in a fight for galaxal dominance?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I should probably have ended my comment with:

        (/facetious)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Farris, please look up the definition of terms you don't understand before posting ridiculous statements like that one above.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the 600 hp version is done with 2 turbos. How is the 450 hp version getting it's power? The 3.5L V6 isn't capable of 450hp NA is it? Is it this magical hydrogen electrolysis that's giving it an extra 150+ hp?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'd be surprised. I've seen a 2.2L V6 pushing out 375hp N/A. But like you, I too am curious. I assumed the 450hp setup uses the twin turbos and the 600hp is a different tune.
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