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Sometimes you come across numbers that simply must be fantasy. That was our first (and only) thought when we read about a new electric car that is supposedly coming with help from the government of Oman. Here's what we mean:
  • Range: 2,250 miles
  • Time between required maintenance: 21 years
  • 0-60 time: four seconds
  • 800 horsepower engine
  • Price tag: between $70,000 and $91,000
This is what Sultan bin Hamad al-Amri, chief executive office of Noor Majan, said he has been working on recently, according to UPI, a respected news outlet. The car has been undergoing a feasibility study for the past year and al-Amri claims to have gotten, "preliminary approvals from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs." The car will also supposedly have a solar-powered air conditioner and massage chairs. Here's a question: is mid-June some sort of April Fool's Day thing in Oman?

[Source: UPI | Image: yeowatzup - C.C. License 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      What they failed to mention in the press release was that the car moves only in a lightning storm, and it's got a automatic reel with 1,200 foot copper wire and a helium balloon as standard equipment. (joke)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Middle Way, you sound and wreak of rice(r). Do you really have to create an avatar to tell the world you're a ricer? Should we bow in awe of a 20-year old engine which is the envy of 13-year old pimple poppin' thugs everywhere? Hahaha

      On another note, this car sounds unlikely, but we'll see!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, if we could just get the supply of unobtanium flowing from Pandora again his plan JUST MIGHT WORK!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know what happened. Oman bought exclusive rights to the EESTOR super-capacitor technology for a billion dollars.

      ;-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it wouldn't be the first time someone made an extravagant claim but couldn't back it up, and it won't be the last time either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most oil producing countries have had this kind of technology hidden away for years. This must be a sign that they are almost out of oil!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's easy, guys. You just build the entire car out of batteries. The super-efficient 800 HP motor shouldn't have too much trouble pushing a giant battery on wheels to 60 in 4 seconds. Just put a saddle on the top or something and ride it like Slim Pickens on a bomb ;)

      Also, the electric Mini with 4 in-wheel motors makes 640 HP (160 HP at each wheel). It's not too far fetched to think they could increase the HP by 40 on each wheel, yielding 800 HP. I'm not sure, though, how they are counting the horses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, wrong link for the 1000 hp Shelby Ultimate Aero EV. That was to the gas version with a bit more HP. Here is the 1000 hp electric version:

        http://www.shelbysupercars.com/news-012209.php
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you might be right, and the 800 HP is coming from 4 200 HP motors. Or it could be that with the amount of power from the battery, they really do think they can get 800 HP out of a single motor. Again, depending on the timeframe, that might not be that crazy. We already have a 500+ horsepower electric motor in a motorcycle:

        http://www.killacycle.com/about/

        And an 1,112 horsepower electric super-car

        http://www.shelbysupercars.com/car-specs.php

        I just don't think this is that crazy.

        Take the SSC motor, a Prius Solar Roof, and some sort of "next generation" battery that is somewhere between a 7X to 10X improvement over the current Tesla battery pack, and you've got a car with these specs. All of the parts needed have either already been built, or have been announced right here on ABG as being under development.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think one trap that people with gas engine backgrounds get stuck in is thinking that electric motors won't scale. That simply isn't the case. Here is a 49,000 horsepower electric motor, it just happens to be pretty big:

        http://www.amsc.com/products/motorsgenerators/index.html

        The Tesla electric motor is 70lbs and only the size of a watermellon and they get nearly 300 horsepower out of it. With 3 watermellons (210lbs), there is no reason why you couldn't get 800+ horsepower. You can fit three watermellons in just about any mid-sized car's trunk and have space to spare.

        An 800 hp electric motor just isn't that revolutionary.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be the natural progression of taking a Tesla and putting in any one of the many "next-generation" battery packs that claim a 10X increase in energy density, and slapping on a "Solar Roof" off of a 2010 Prius.

      Not really that completely incredible, depending upon what timeframe they are planning this to be ready for market. If they are targeting 2012, not realistic. If they are targeting 2020, then not really that shocking to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should be a nice secondary car for my 100mpg mustang and North Korea nuclear fusion minivan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I read bout that a few months back when searching for chrysler turbine info.
        Don't think that'd fly with current safety regulations, lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        rotflmao!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's Oman.... what regulations?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Allah willing, the car comes with 72 virgins as standard equipment. You see, you don't have to go to heaven to enjoy the car and all its benefits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually the car does have a range of 2,250 miles. That's when it stops working to wait for it's next scheduled maintenance. The actual range on the batteries has in fact not been revealed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know where they made a mistake... Battery AmpHours (Ah) are not added to each other when connecting cells in series XD
      • 5 Years Ago
      2012 does seem a little ambitious. Maybe on the Muslim calendar.
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