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We once watched in awe as the famous Lotus Espirit in James Bond’s iconic 1977 film, The Spy Who Loved Me, simply drove into the sea. Okay, so the new Quant e-Sportlimousine might not be able to DRIVE in saltwater, but it can RUN on it.
NanoFlowcell AG, a Lichtenstein-based company behind this incredible new concept, have produced a sports car that runs purely on saltwater. Futhermore, it can achieve 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds and has just been approved for EU roads.
Traditionally, sports cars do not have the best reputation for being kind on the environment, but again, this is where the new Quant e-Sportlimousine scores highly. It has been designed to reach 217.5mph (350 km/h) using nothing but saltwater making it as fast as the McLaren P1.
After making its debut earlier this year in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show 2014, the saltwater technology has now been approved for use on European roads.
So how does it work? The 920 horsepower (680 kW) Quant e-Sportlimousine uses an electrolyte flow cell power system to power four electric motors within the car. It works in a similar way to a hydrogen fuel cell, but the liquid used for storing energy is saltwater. Water passes through a membrane in between the two tanks creating an electric charge. This electricity is then stored and distributed by super capacitors. The car carries the water in two 200-litre tanks which provide a range of up to 373 miles (600km).
Taking a look at the car itself, its 5.25 metres long and 2.2 metres wide and sports 22-inch wheels which sit just beneath double gull-wing doors which feature ‘Chrystal Lake Blue’ paint. Inside is a full-length interactive dash, with wood-theme features and an Android-based entertainment system.
NanoFlowcell AG is planning to test the car on public roads in Germany and elsewhere in Europe as the company prepares for series production. It claims the technology offers five times the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries of the same weight.
“The potential of the NanoFlowcell is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology.”
No price or sale date has yet been revealed, but experts suggest it could cost more than £1 million ($1.7 million). Watch this space.