(credit: Arturo Arino)
this is probably the first car design inspired by crocodiles. check out the images after jump and you will know what i mean. this organic form looking roadster, dubbed the Reptile by its designer Artuno Arino, is so alluring that i find it hard to give it a miss. the Reptile is said to be a hybrid that combines the electric power from a 4-pole electric induction motor and undisputed power from a Wankel (aka rotary engine) 27,000 CC engine that pushes out more than 700 horsepower at 9,000 RPM. it is a concept but thankfully, there are no hub-less wheels here, hence making it a little more practical.
i love the design but a 27,000 CC rotary? sounds like supersize rotary engine to me. the signature of a rotary system is its small volume but yet capable of producing immense power, well, albeit being an unforgiving gas-guzzler. i wonder how many rotors will be in it? and what’s the intended capacity per rotor?
via Yanko Design