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Mar 11, 1:11pm - #122847 
Toyota Alessandro Volta

hopin this is not a repost...

Toyota Alessandro Volta
With the Alessandro Volta, Toyota collaborates with Italdesign-Giugiaro to take the concept of a supercar into the hybrid era. Think of it as an exotic that can be parked in the garage of a Sierra Club activist. Alessandro Volta starts with Toyota's most advanced hybrid system, transplanted from the RX400h (also on display in Geneva). On the Alessandro Volta, the 3.3-liter V-6 is fitted behind the rear axle - it's not connected directly to the rear wheels. Motion comes from two electrically powered engines, one per axle providing all-wheel drive and pushing 402 horsepower to the pavement. This layout eliminates the traditional transmission and gearbox longitudinal components. The seating layout is three abreast; in Geneva that means three leggy models who dropped jaws of the predominantly male automotive press corps, in stark contrast to the goings-on over at the Volvo booth.


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Mar 11, 1:14pm - #122848 
seen it... .its a pretty lookin thing thumbsup

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Mar 11, 1:28pm - #122849 
love it

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Mar 11, 2:04pm - #122850 
looks cool & expensive grin


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Mar 11, 2:07pm - #122851 
Originally Posted by QuickChick03gt
looks cool & expensive grin

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Mar 11, 2:32pm - #122852 
Originally Posted by QuickChick03gt
looks cool & expensive grin

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Mar 11, 3:57pm - #122853 
i doubt it's comming out...there is no market for a supercar like that. they would have been better off re-vamping the mr-s...unless they can find some way to sell it for 35-40K...then it's feesable...but i doubt it... thumbsdown


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Mar 11, 5:09pm - #122854 
i dont really like how concept cars are all short..
big windshield.


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Mar 11, 5:47pm - #122855 
looks crazy grin


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Mar 11, 6:24pm - #122856 
looks kool!!

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Mar 11, 6:26pm - #122857 
won't pass safety standards because of the 3 across seating.

Why not invest the money into things that could SELL in reality.


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Mar 11, 6:32pm - #122858 
Originally Posted by booyaolian
love it

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Mar 11, 7:09pm - #122859 
i love it. i hope to see it on the road someday.


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Mar 11, 7:46pm - #122860 
Originally Posted by se7enmodgt20
looks kool!!

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Mar 11, 9:53pm - #122861 
Originally Posted by VSGTS14
looks crazy grin


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Mar 11, 11:41pm - #122862 
thumbsup

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Mar 12, 9:56am - #122863 
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Mar 12, 9:58am - #122864 
yeah ive seen before too, that thing looks crazy, will definitly cost a nice chunk

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Mar 12, 10:22am - #122865 
been awhile since toyota acutally had a sports car at a auto show...

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Mar 12, 4:35pm - #122866 
Originally Posted by DiabloGTS
Why not invest the money into things that could SELL in reality.
automakers use concept cars to provide ideas for the masses. they survey what is like or disliked, r&d what is possible and take everything affordable and profitable into production. they also take into account what the competitors have available.


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Mar 12, 4:52pm - #122867 
Originally Posted by dCeption
been awhile since toyota acutally had a sports car at a auto show...

Yeah, it has been a while. Is it true the reason that a 'supra' like car wasnt at the latest auto show because the NSX looked too much like it?

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Mar 12, 5:41pm - #122868 
The post didn't mention the fuel economy. It gets almost 40MPG and does not have a transmission(mechnical). 0-60 in 4 secs. Top speed is about 155mph.

Hybrid Synergy Drive Electronic controlled CVT works fundamentally different(no belt, pulley, and cones)from Honda/Nissan/Saturn CVT. The CVT function is achieved by cleverly engaging Internal Combustion Engine(ICE), Electric Motor, and Wheel in a planetary gear set. Planetary gear set can combine power from any two sources and output to the third source. At a given ICE RPM, increasing Electric Motor RPM would increase the Wheel speed. At a given speed (Constant wheel rotation), ICE RPM can be adjusted by changing the Electric Motor RPM, thus, achieving CVT functionality electronically!

Planetary gear can also split power from one source onto the other two sources. ICE power can be split into the Wheels and Electric Motor (aka electric generator). Therefore, you are driving the car and charging the battery at the same time. This enables Prius to take advantage of ICE "sweet spot" when you accelerate the engine RPM close to the "sweet spot". In that situation, the computer might put the ICE to the most efficient RPM and charge the battery. Mild hybrid such as Honda Civic can only route the power from the ICE to the Wheel and back to the battery through regenerative braking.

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Mar 12, 5:52pm - #122869 
Originally Posted by dkchin
The post didn't mention the fuel economy. It gets almost 40MPG and does not have a transmission(mechnical). 0-60 in 4 secs. Top speed is about 155mph.

Hybrid Synergy Drive Electronic controlled CVT works fundamentally different(no belt, pulley, and cones)from Honda/Nissan/Saturn CVT. The CVT function is achieved by cleverly engaging ICE, Electric Motor, and Wheel in a planetary gear set. Planetary gear set can combine power from any two sources and output to the third source. At a given ICE RPM, increasing Electric Motor RPM would increase the Wheel speed. At a given speed (Constant wheel rotation), ICE RPM can be adjusted by changing the Electric Motor RPM, thus, achieving CVT functionality electronically!

Planetary gear can also split power from one source onto the other two sources. ICE power can be split into the Wheels and Electric Motor (aka electric generator). Therefore, you are driving the car and charging the battery at the same time. This enables Prius to take advantage of ICE "sweet spot" when you accelerate the engine RPM close to the "sweet spot". In that situation, the computer might put the ICE to the most efficient RPM and charge the battery. Mild hybrid such as Honda Civic can only route the power from the ICE to the Wheel and back to the battery through regenerative braking.

Dennis
good addtl info. reiterates the fact that toyota is using this concept to introduce new technology and hopefully port some into production. good to know that hybrids are getting better because imo the prius sucks in the Performance and aesthetic (looks) category thumbsdown


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Mar 12, 5:58pm - #122870 
For Prius, considering that it's engine makes only 76 horse power, and the car weights close to 2900 lbs, the Performance is very impressive. Prius accelerates about the same as 2004 Honda Civc auto(lighter car).

The goal of Prius was to achieve minimum emission. It even gave up some fuel economy and Performance to reduce emission.

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