The Mercedes-Benz Biome uses the Symbioses system that can collect energy from the sun and store it in chemical bonds, in the form of a fluid called BioNectar4534. It is stored in a lightweight grown material called BioFibre through proprietary DNA. Mercedes Benz Symbiosis vehicles release pure oxygen into the environment, helping urban areas to meet air quality standards.
The Maybach DRS is powered by two 20 kW electric motors placed in the wheel hubs which are self-balancing, and which are linked to a lithium-ion battery in the tail end. It is world’s first naturally manufactured luxury vehicle, made from carbon fiber and organic composite materials, as well as injection-moulded polycarbonate for the doors and flexible organic composite materials for the roof.
The Honda Air concept is a vision of the future of lightweight and alternative fuel performance vehicles; a coastal cruiser for the aggressive lifestyle. Inspired by the modern roller coaster as well as skydiving wing-suits, the Air is powered by a compressed air and pneumatic regulator system. It utilizes turbo vacuums and external air-flow to regenerate tank pressure for extended range and increased boost for an estimated 100 miles.
The Cadillac Aera is a 1000 lb, 2+2 touring coupe, with a range of 1000 miles before refueling. Renowned Cadillac smoothness and quietness are accomplished using the harnessed power of compressed air via a highly efficient Pneumatic DriveSystem (PDS). Its 10,000 psi composite air storage tank has ample capacity for a 1000 mile range. Flexible, pressurized air cells in the exterior skin, similar to material developed for the NASA Mars Rover airbags, enhance passive safety and interior comfort.
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The Danish Zenvo ST1 is an 1104-hp monster featuring a completely reworked Z06-sourced 7.0L V-8, and outputs 1104 hp at 6900 rpm and 1430 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. The Zenvo ST1 has an electronically limited top speed of 375 km/h and is able to get from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds. Only 15 models are available worldwide at a price of more than $1.1 million.
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The Lexus GS 450h is the world’s first rear-drive full-hybrid vehicle. This powerful performance sedan couples a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a high-output permanent-magnet electric motor to deliver an incredible 340 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 5.2 seconds.
The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 contains a Borla exhaust system, and forged Shelby/Baer brakes with 6 piston calipers with 800 horse power. Only 1000 Super Snake packages will be available for the 2011 car and will set you back $30,245 – that does not include the original cost of the car itself.
The 2011 Shelby Supercar Ultimate Aero II features a 6.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that redlines at 9,000 rpm and 1,350 horse-power. It has the world’s first one-piece carbon-fiber wheels that weigh less than 13 pounds, and Carbon fiber all over the body, helping bring the car in around 2,600 pounds.
This is the Sesto Elemento concept which is made from a new carbon fiber. Callaway Golf has created a material called “Forged Composite”. Conventional carbon fiber is made of layered sheets of carbon that is bond together. The “Forged Composite” is mixed into a paste to form the chosen shape. The V-10-powered Sesto weighs in at a staggering 2200 pounds, 1100 pounds lighter than a Lamborghini Gallardo. Going at 570 hp at 8000 rpm and a whopping, face-ripping 398 lb-ft at 6500 rpm that can go from zero to sixty-two in 2.5 seconds
The Renault Twizy is part of Renault’s ZE (for “zero emissions”) portfolio of electric vehicles, powered by a 15-kW electric motor and has a top speed of 47 mph and a range of 60 miles between charges. It isn’t much larger than a scooter, at 91 inches long and weighing just under 1,000 pounds. It was introduced as a concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.