When driving an automobile, humans may subconsciously modify their perception of themselves and feel the vehicle as a part of their own body, which increases their natural capacities, as in the Ancient Greek Centaur myth. This may be one of the reasons why many people have such a strong connection to their cars. "The more power and autonomy your car has, the more power and autonomy you have." By the same token, the more ecological your car is, more ecological you are.
The Battle of the Centaurs and Lapiths
Nimbus™ is a concept e-car made for both short distances in urban areas and longer trips in varied terrain. Its hybrid engine and efficient energy consumption system provides greater driving range and energy saving than the all-electric cars.
Nimbus™ has a 130Kw (180hp) electrical engine lithium-ion battery powered which works simultaneously with a micro combustion generator which constantly charges the batteries. The Nimbus™ is built with very strong and lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber, titanium and aluminum, which optimizes its energy consumption (1.30 L/100 km).
Part of its careen is covered with solar panels, allowing Nimbus™ to automatically generate some of its own energy. Its regenerative brake mechanism makes Nimbus™ able to recover and save kinetic energy.
Nimbus™ at studio
There are four selectable driving modes to improve the range and energy consumption, depending on the circunstances: Energy Saver,Standard Trip, Faster Cruise and 4WD.
The adjustable Hidraulic Steering Weel, combined with the adjustable seats, allows a very confortable position while driving.
For a better experience parking, Nimbus™ is equipped with sensors for Obstacle Detection (Distance Warning) and a Back Camera which works as a Digital Mirror on its panel's Central Display.
Nimbus™ has a single touch power button to start and turn off the engine, Auto-Pilot technology for cruise control, and a Gearless Automatic Velocity System with Hill Descent Control and no delay in developing torque, granting optimized energy use as well as extremely smooth acceleration and braking.
Nimbus™ at studio
Nimbus™ comfortably carries 5 passengers, protected with side protection bars and 6 airbags. Also, its layout is designed to create a Virtual Safe Position, such that driver and passengers seats are elevated.
Its Panoramic Windows provide maximum visibility of the outside world, increasing both comfort and safety while driving at night or under bad weather conditions.
Nimbus™ has a Multi Function Convex Driver Dashboard made with flexible screen, which allows a clear view of important information for the driver, including Velocimeter, Batteries Level, GPS, Engine Temperature and more. It also has auto sound/display alerts for other important information and GPS Commands. The driver can easily change functions on the display anytime with a simple touch on the 4 configurable buttons on the steering wheel, using the touchscreen, or voice commands.
The Central Display and Controller is a removable touchscreen (7" diagonal) from which the driver or front seat passenger can control the sound system, interior lights, air conditioning, routes, clock and also access the media browser, inclinometer, altimeter, weather, general vehicle info (tire pressure, washer fluid level, maintenance schedule, etc) and Internet services (such as Skype/social media/E-mail). This central display and controller is integrated with an analog selector for better gradual selection of sounds (music/phone) volume/balance/equalizer, A/C intensity and temperature.
Details A/C Cold/Hot Electric doors, Windows and Mirrors Front/Back Screens Wiping/Defrost Tyre Pressures and Washer Fluids Level Sensors Fog Lights (4)Winnowers (2) Mini Refrigerator (capacity for 8 cans) Cup/Bottle-Holders (6)
Nimbus™ at studio
Specs Dimensions 2.10 x 4.20 x 2.60 m Weight 1.620 kg / 3 570 lb Layout Rear engine Doors 5 Autonomy 260 to 320 km (160 to 200 mi) Max Speed 130 to 160 km/h (80 to 100 mph) - 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 13 seconds Baggage loading 470 lt (Internal) / 300 lt (Top Suitcase) / 200 lt (Reck) - 600kg / 1322 lb totalTyres Semi-cross Brakes ABS Suspensions Independent