2009 Geneva: Giugiaro Namir Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

The makers of the high-performance hybrid Giugiaro has released more details of the vehicle they plan to introduce at the Geneva Motor Show and the name previously designated for the car, "Frazer-Nash" is now shown to be a misnomer. Although the Frazer-Nash company was involved in the design of the car, the hybrid will be called Namir, which is "tiger" in the Arabic tongue.

Now, if the performance claims of the good-looking two-seater are true, then the nickname aptly applies. The Namir is a mid-engined car powered by an 814cc gas rotary engine mated to four electric motors and lithium polymer power cells to attain the performance of a supercar.

The motors, which are mounted on the suspension both at the front and rear, generate a total of 170kW. This is the equivalent of around 370hp of instant-on performance from the electric units.

The maximum speed claimed by Giugiaro is 300km/h (187mph) and a sprint rate of 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds and reaching 200km/h in 10.4 seconds. The hybrid's fuel-economy rating is reported to be 39km/liter and emission at under 60g/km of CO2. The Namir's 50-liter fuel tank enables it to reach a range of 2,000km.

Performance around the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza produced a 1 minute and 51 second lap time. The car comes with an orange and black paint finish, maintaining its tiger image together with tiger stripes at the rear engine cooling vents. The spaceframe, which is made of aluminum, is covered by carbon fiber and aluminum body panels to reduce weight.

The wide and enormous windshield comes equipped with solar panels that generate power for the air conditioning. On in the inside, the Namir comes with touch screen monitors for flexible infotainment. The hexagonal steering wheel and leather-and-tweed interior are Giugiaro's contribution to the car. Although the Namir is not necessarily the victorious representation of a classic brand, it has a strong affinity to the Frazer-Nash name.

The company has experienced a number of resurrections since the cessation of car production in the 50s and at present Frazer-Nash Research Ltd. is a designer of plug-in hybrid systems and has partnered Italdesign Giugiaro and was responsible for developing the high-performance drivetrain of the hybrid.

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