Pininfarina is set to unveil the four-seat Cambiano coupe at the Geneva Auto Show next month. Aside from the range-extended plug-in diesel hybrid powertrain, the concept also has an electric motor for each wheel. Each of these motors delivers 60kW that peaks at 150kW for short periods, which equates to a maximum of 816 hp.
A small diesel-fueled turbine drives the wheels or recharges the batteries. The drivetrain provides supercar-performance with carbon dioxide emissions of only 45 grams per kilometer. Pininfarina reveals that the vehicle has a range of 800 kilometers, which includes 205 kilometers when running in pure electric mode. It has a top speed of 250 kph with short-time peaks at 275 kph. It can accelerate to 100 kph from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds.
The weight of the Cambiano's turbine is only half of an internal combustion engine providing an equivalent 50kW/68hp power, according to Andrea Maria Benedetto, who is the head of product and process development at Pininfarina.
She further explained that they chose to utilize diesel for the turbine due to the clean emissions which they could consider as a future Euro 7 compliant powertrain. Moreover, she also stated that the turbines are not ideal for use to run a passenger vehicle, but is suitable when used with an electricity generator. Benedetto previously was a product engineer at Fiat and Toyota Europe.
The Cambiano has no B-pillar. On the passenger side, it has two doors, while the driver's side has one long door. The passenger compartment is made with carbon fiber. It has aluminum sub-frames in the back and front in order to carry the powertrain, batteries and suspension systems. Certain portions of the interior are covered with oak wood, which was recycled from the Italian lagoon where the city of Venice is located. These interior parts include the fascia, lower part of the door panels and the floor.