- Nov 6, 2016
The roadster was produced by BMW from 1956 to 1959, and only 252 cars were sold over that three-year run. Initially intended to be exported to the United States at a rate of thousands per year, it ended up being way too expensive, making it a sales failure, creating heavy financial losses for BMW.
It's become quite common for a tuner or EV startup to add a state-of-the-art electric drive to a classic sports car, 4x4 or saloon. But the UK's Watt Electric Vehicle Company doesn't take that well-worn road in announcing a light, nimble electric coupe that looks like a classic Porsche 356 A. Instead, it slides its skateboard chassis below a house-developed composite body styled after the 1956 Porsche. It calls it the WEVC Coupe and adds two seats, a rear electric motor drive and less than 1,000 kilograms of weight distributed evenly across the car.
To put it simply, the engine’s crankshaft what attached to a horseshoe magnet which spun around an armature connected to the electric motor\generator, creating the energy that would the motor would use to drive the wheels. There was no physical connection between the transmission and the engine – just a magnetic field.
Suggestively-named UK company Viritech has announced that it's making an altogether different kind of male enhancement supplement than we'd have expected, in the form of a hydrogen-powered hypercar called the Apricale.
Viritech, which is moving into a new engineering facility at Horiba-MIRA in the British Midlands, plans to make hydrogen powertrains its core business, across a bunch of industries including aerospace, marine, energy, road and rail freight. The Apricale is one of three showpieces it's building in small numbers to demonstrate and draw attention to its capabilities.
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