Scorpion: World’s First Hydrogen-Hybrid Sports Car

March 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm 2 comments

 The Ronn Motor Company has unveiled a running prototype of its mid-engine Scorpion roadster—touted as the world’s first “hydrogen-hybrid eco-exotic premium sports car.” The Austin, Texas-based start-up’s initial plans call for building 200 examples of the $150,000 Scorpion, with deliveries expected to commence early this year. Beneath its carbon-fiber composite body (fabricated by the famed Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters in Fountain Valley, California), the car employs a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter Acura V-6 engine modified to burn a blend of gasoline and hydrogen gas. Unlike Honda’s hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle, however, the Scorpion gets its H2 not from a dedicated hydrogen refueling station, but from an on-board electrolysis unit that separates regular water into its elemental components: oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen is released into the atmosphere and the hydrogen is delivered straight to the engine, contributing to the combustion process and reducing gasoline consumption by 30 to 40 percent. Even with as much as 600 horsepower and a top speed in excess of 200 mph, the Scorpion—claims CEO Ronn Maxwell (who founded the company with former Dell Computer executive Adrian Pylypec)—will return a fairly stunning 40 mpg. (www.ronnmotors.com)

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  • 1. Thomas Greene  |  March 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    nice blog dude!

    Reply
  • 2. SMS Newsletter, April 2009 « South Maui Sustainability  |  February 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    […] in Senate • e – PBS Ecology Series • Film: The Waterfront (April 22) • Scorpion: World’s First Hydrogen-Hybrid Sports Car • Military on Leading Edge of Efficiency • Upcoming Federal Governmental Legislation […]

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