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Click above for high-res gallery of the Namir by Giugiaro

If you're at all familiar with the name Frazer-Nash, it probably isn't in the context of modern drivetrain technology like hybrid systems. Nonetheless, the brand that was long ago a famous British car maker is still around, albeit no longer building cars. In fact, hybrid drive systems is exactly what Frazer Nash is developing today and the company has collaborated with Italdesign Giugiaro to create a concept called the Namir.

Frazer Nash has developed a series hybrid drivetrain (like the Voltec drivetrain in the Chevy Volt) that uses an 814cc rotary engine driving a generator. The generator charges a 400V lithium polymer battery pack that feeds electrons to a pair of electric motors at each axle with a cumulative output of 362 hp. The system is claimed to give the Namir a top speed of 187 mph, 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds while still managing 91.7 mpg (US)! Not too shabby.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the name..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting that they'd use a rotary engine in a concept specifically designed to maximize fuel economy. Is it just for the sake of engineering novelty, or is there an advantage in this generator application that I'm unaware of? Lousy mileage has always been one of the rotary's weaknesses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When running at only at peak efficiency, a rotary can be more efficient than a piston engine ... or so I've been told.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "187 mph, 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds while still managing 91.7 mpg (US)! "

      :o

      Greener than a prius, light for the pocket, faster than a Ferrari...this is the Uber-Car!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vik: You mean light as in polly-pocket or light as in wallet? I didnt see an estimated price tage on this baby.

        Second on the interior, looks like the murdered a hundred college professors and stole their jackets for the fabric.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well the interior looks like my grandma's couch but the outside is cool. . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.. that is sexy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a tweed dash? WTF? My dad had a jacket in the 80's made out of the same fabric. Please, at least leather or alcantara.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i actually like the herringbone/tweed interior. is that a bad thing? i guess its just a subtle reference to frazer-nash's history.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you on the interior. I think it's different enough to be cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Front view is cool and I like the novel window graphics.

      Does anyone understand why the rear has no windows? The pics of the drivetrain look like it sits low, so I don't understand why there would be no attempt to provide some visibility.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Miguel: Superman wouldn't be able to see through the batteries if they were lead-acid. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car has a receding hairline.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car is hideous. Absolutely hideous. The last time I saw a wedge like that, it was with one of the Lambo designs of the 70's... designed by... guess who.

      >_>

      Ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Huh,
      So THAT'S where I left my high school algebra notebook...

      Come on... I was sketching stuff like this in the early 90's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the GTbyCitroen. Not that thats a BAD thing...
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