Toyota Alessandro Volta Concept ItalDesign

The Alessandro Volta is a concept car developed in the collaboration of the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and the Italian design company Italdesign Giugiaro. The concept vehicle named after Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist who invented the battery (and the namesake of the volt unit of measurement), was officially unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show as a study of a hybrid electric sports car.

The concept never materialised as a production car due to high costs involved.

The car was built on a carbon fibre chassis and seats three people abreast.

It features a four wheel drive hybrid electric power-train of the Lexus RX 400h which combines a 3.3 L V6 3MZ-FE petrol engine with two electric motors. The petrol engine is fitted behind the rear axle and there are additional two electrically powered engines, one on each axle. The combination develops a maximum output of 300 kW (402 bhp), which enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.03 seconds and reach the top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). It uses drive-by-wire controls.

Source: Wikipedia, 2011

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