If you’re wondering where all the eye candy is this week, it’s at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Automakers showed off dozens of new cars, aimed more at wow factor than affordability. There were incredible new models and stunning prototypes designed to make a big splash, and they certainly did.
Porsche took the wraps off the 2016 911 GT3 RS. This race and road ready beast has the biggest engine in the range, we’re talking 500 horsepower and 338 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to a 4-liter flat six engine. It hits 60 mph in under 3.3 seconds.
It’s also lighter, too. For the first time, the roof is made of magnesium; carbon fiber is used for the engine and luggage compartment lids, and other components are made of weight saving materials. The 911 GT3 RS will launch in the U.S. in early July.
Infiniti also showed off its compact crossover concept, aimed at younger buyers. It’s the QX30 concept and the automaker hopes a production version will take off with the younger set who might also buy the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA or BMW X3. Infiniti says the production version will be highly influenced by the model it brought to Geneva.
“With the QX30 Concept, we’re showcasing a distinctively contemporary alternative in the premium compact segment for those who want something more than the status quo,” said Roland Krueger, Infiniti President and CEO.
Then there is the QUANTiNO hybrid concept, which features a new technology, built by a company called nanoFlowcell. The sportster gets its juice from ionic liquids and those are basically liquid salt.
With its two 175-litre tanks, the QUANTiNO has a total capacity of 350 litres of ionic liquids, one carrying a positive charge, the other a negative charge. The refueling process is similar to how it is done today, with the difference that two tanks are filled with different liquids simultaneously.
“We see the flow-cell technology as the most promising technology with the greatest potential for the future of sustainable electromobility without harmful emissions. It offers an enormous range as well as exceptional performance. For us it represents the best alternative to battery-powered or fuel cell-powered electric vehicles. The flow-cell drive system eliminates many of the disadvantages inherent in existing drive systems and it is also more cost-effective. In our view, the flow cell is the future of electromobility,” said Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer of nanoFlowcell.
The automaker is promising to get it out on the road for testing later this year.
Photo Credit: nanoFlowcell