Slightly faster than a five-year-old jeep

BBC NEWS | Technology | Green sports car set for launch:

Last Updated: Monday, 3 March 2008, 08:38 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Green sports car set for launch By Jonathan Fildes Science and technology reporter, BBC News Morgan Lifecar A “zero-emission” sports car with a top speed of nearly 100mph is set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The hydrogen-powered Lifecar, based on the design of the Morgan Aero-8 roadster, produces little noise and only water vapour from its exhaust. The lightweight model packs advanced fuel cells and an energy storage system that gives the car a range of 250 miles (400km) per tank of hydrogen. It has been developed by a consortium of UK companies and universities.

 “Figures suggest the car should be capable of doing 0-60 [miles per hour] in about seven seconds,” Matthew Parkin of classic sports car manufacturer Morgan told BBC News.

It’s nice that they’re positioning the thing as a cool ultralight sports car (with no airbags, no padding on the seats and so forth to save weight), but couldn’t they actually get some, y’know, performance. A jeep cherokee really isn’t such a tough target to beat, and real consumer “sporty” cars tend to have times in the 5-second rang.


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