November 30th, 2009

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Capstone gets it right: hybrid turbine/electric sports car.




Capstone and Hilleman’s microturbine hybrid supercar features a Capstone C30 (30-kilowatt) microturbine that runs on diesel or biodiesel, which is housed inside a sleek Factory Five Racing GTM body. The Capstone C30 microturbine is so clean it does not require any exhaust after treatment to meet stringent clean air requirements of the California Air Resources Board or EPA 2010.

The CMT-380 features lithium-polymer battery cells that can be charged at home or at a public recharging station. While driving, the sports car can operate on 100 percent battery power in zero-emissions mode for a range of up to 80 miles. When the batteries reach a pre-determined state of discharge, the Capstone C30 microturbine quietly fires up and recharges the batteries on the fly to extend the driving range up to 500 miles.

The diesel-fueled C30 microturbine requires less maintenance than traditional combustion engines and produces ultra-low exhaust emissions.

"The sleek-looking, high-performance supercar car definitely raises hybrid’s cool factor several levels," said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The CMT-380’s design performance numbers speak for themselves: 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, 150 mph top speed and an unheard of driving range of up to 500 miles on a single tank of fuel, all with ultra-low exhaust emissions that rival any hybrid on the market today."


http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/200911300937PR_NEWS_USPR_____AQ17802.htm

Run it on biodiesel and you're carbon-neutral, too.

Now it just needs an EEStor ultracap bank in there to catch the energy from the regen braking system, and this performance monster could be the most efficient car ever built. (Thank you, 90% efficient A/C induction motors.)