Superleggera Vision: Mini together with Milanese coachbuilder Touring Superleggera has created an electric open-top retro roadster. The two-seat Mini concept debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza, Italy last weekend. Its electric drivetrain is still a secret but believed to be based on the BMW i3 drive.
Police Segway: The SE-3 Patroller is a stand-in tricycle specifically designed for police and security patrols. The three-wheel and extra high Segway comes with independent direct rear wheel drive, can travel in reverse and has a small turning radius. A top speed has not been revealed yet. The company hopes its 12,000 dollar EV will soon replace patrol cars at airports.
Fuel cell range extender: SILENT-F is a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) hybrid system developed in a joint project of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The DMFC is set up as range extender for EVs and is much quieter than conventional REX systems. A test vehicle has just recently been launched.
Nissan’s challenger for WEC: The Japanese car maker confirmed it would take part in the World Endurance Championship in Le Mans in 2015. The new GT-R LM Nismo will not be just “another hybrid” but “a little bit different,” Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer declared but did not go into further detail.
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