Kepler Motion - click above for high-res image gallery
Yet another high performance "green" car has turned up and will be publicly unveiled at the Dubai Motor Show this week. This mid-engine two-seat hybrid comes from a previously unknown outfit called Kepler. The Kepler Motion packs a Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 between the cabin and rear axle and an electric motor between the front wheels in a through-the-road hybrid configuration. The EcoBoost powerplant is further enhanced to pump up the normal 365 hp to 550 hp while the motor is rated at 250 hp. Energy for the motor is packed in a lithium ion battery.
Kepler is claiming the machine will run to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds with a terminal velocity of over 200 mph. Kepler only intends to build 50 examples, but frankly we'd be surprised if more than a handful are ever built. Still, even if it doesn't meet it specs, at least this one seems a bit more plausible than the SSC Ultimate Aero EV.
[Source: Kepler Motors]
MOTION sets precedent for supercars of tomorrow
Kepler Motors Makes Global Debut at 2009 Dubai International Motor Show
Dubai, UAE - December 15, 2009 - Kepler Motors, founded by World Speed Record Holder Russ Wicks, will unveil its groundbreaking MOTION supercar at this year's Dubai International Motor Show, December 16-20. Infusing state-of-the-art automotive engineering and applied science materials with the latest advanced technologies, the MOTION redefines the paradigms of the supercar with unprecedented performance, style, exclusivity, safety and efficiency.
The MOTION sets a new standard with all-wheel drive Dual Powertrain Technology (DPT) which provides a combined 800 hp. Power comes from a 550 hp, modified Ford EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6 driving the rear wheels acting independently of a 250 hp electric motor driving the front wheels. This unique AWD system launches the MOTION to 60 mph under 2.5 seconds with a top speed over 200 mph.
"We're delighted to host the worldwide debut of the Kepler Motors MOTION at the Dubai International Motor Show," said Wicks. "The region has a passion for ultra high performance, limited edition supercars, and presents the ideal platform to showcase the advanced technology and innovative features of the MOTION."
The MOTION is developed from the ground up by a team of hand-picked design engineers, aerodynamicists, product development, and manufacturing specialists and incorporates a number of leading edge technologies such as active suspension, active aerodynamics, launch control and a programmable track assistant system.
Lightweight, powerful, balanced and efficient, the MOTION features extensive use of carbon fiber composite materials for its monocoque chassis and body. The light, strong and highly impact-resistant structure provides a two-seat cabin designed to accommodate drivers of above average size in a stylish, sophisticated and aerodynamically efficient design.
The MOTION uses StopTech's new Continuous Carbon Ceramic (C3) AeroRotors on all four wheels to ensure smooth, fade-free stopping power. Comprising silicon carbide ceramic material reinforced with long, continuous carbon fibers, the unique C3 brake rotor material offers greater mechanical durability and unique heat transfer capabilities when compared to competitive carbon-ceramic rotors.
As only 50 MOTIONs will ever be produced, ownership will go to a small, exclusive and elite group of individuals. Each vehicle will be hand assembled and deliveries will start in 2011.