The car of the future is not only going to come standard with a hybrid powered engine; rather, the whole concept of a car from the ground up will be an entirely redeveloped mobility machine. A fine example is the Hypercar, a vehicle designed in reverse; featuring ultra light construction, hybrid-electric drive, low-drag design and efficient accessories to accomplish a 3 to 5-fold improvement on fuel efficiency. The major highlight? It can actually pay you to drive the car, imagine receiving a check at the end of each month just for driving a smart vehicle. The performance is poised to match current automobiles through comparable saftety, amenities and affordability.
The Rocky Mountain Institute is the creative “green” engineering think tank behind this promising concept. The model was developed by looking at today’s vehicles and re-thinking virtually every aspect. Through aerodynamics, advanced composites to achieve light weight coupled with strength and a power train that is more effective than any before, they just might have found the answer to gas-guzzling, air-polluting autos.
The hyper car intends to take full advantage of the up – and-coming technology of hydrogen powered engines, thereby reducing vehicle pollution while maintaining the power necessary to meet the demands and needs of Americans today.
Some facts: The Hypercar is expected to make a minimum of 100-200 mpg and be so efficient that the energy produced by the car can actually be pumped back into the grid for profit. Imagine driving a car that pays you in return by selling the excess stored energy that the vehicle produces? Some other features includes a durable, lightweight, dent-and rust-proof body, smart technology information network, permanent color molded into the exterior, emits only clean water, and above all, exceeds government safety regulations.
Without compromising comfort, performance and safety, the Hypercar is hoping to break into the market as the first truly green vehicle by replacing the unbeatable characteristics of current oil-eating automobiles. Through these appealing advantages over the tiny and weak hybrids of today, Hypercar hopes to beef up consumer demand and force the polluting cars off the sales lots and roads that congest our traffic ways today. Hypercar vehicles and their kin could profitably reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by two-thirds, partly by significantly accelerating the shift to hydrogen fuel cells.
Founded in 1994, the Hypercar concept team has recently been able to prove its technical design as an effective and plausible alternative to the auto’s of the near future. Realistically, the RMI team expects to see their design integrated into the public production and use in merely three to five years from today. Their unconventional approach has been to place the concept in the public domain and share it conspicuously with some two dozen major car companies and new market entrants to maximize competition in securing a viable and profitable market and manufacturing advantage. The notable result: billions of dollars’ private investment, and rapid movement of Hypercar-like concepts toward the marketplace.
In 2004, Hypercar, Inc. changed its name to Fiberforge in order to reflect the company’s new direction and its goal of lowering the cost of high-volume advanced-composite structures via its medium of cheap carbon fiber framework. By creative manufacturing, cost-reducing assembly and innovative design, the Hypercar is the most promising feasible concept of the very recent future that I have come across.