It is powered by a lightweight engine designed to run on E85 ethanol, which isn't anything new anymore, but still represents forward thinking. Because of the lightweight materials used in building the Exasis, its 150 hp engine gives it a horsepower-to-weight ratio comparable to a Porsche.
It's not going to be a production vehicle, but, as with a lot of concept cars, the developments used to make this vehicle will likely find their way into cars on the streets in the coming years.
complains about using oil for the manufacture of plastics in the
construction of this vehicle. But, frankly, Steel isn't environmentally benign either. And using some hydrocarbons to make a light weight body that will save a ton of gasoline seems ridiculously logical. There are lots
of other ways of getting heat or energy, but oil seems perfectly suitable for creating a durable, long-lasting material.
written by Grant, March 12, 2007
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