Famous Italian design house, Pininfarina has rolled out the Cambiano concept car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show last week.

Named after the Italian town where the Pininfarina Group is headquartered, the Cambiano measures a generous 5,040mm long, 2,000mm wide and 1,360mm tall. It can seat four-passengers and has a boot capacity of 450-litres.

The Cambiano is a range-extended electric car featuring four-in wheel electric motors, each of which delivers a continuous supply of 80bhp with peaks of 201bhp for a maximum output of 805bhp, with torque of 640Nm.

Pininfarina says that each motor is controlled separately and electronically thus offering various functions, including energy regeneration when decelerating and braking, traction control with the option of continuously varying the torque split between the wheels independently (Vectoring Stability Program) and anti-lock braking assistance.

The car’s drive system incorporates an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) in the form of a lightweight (40kg) 50kW Bladon Jets micro turbine that normally runs on diesel but can be calibrated to be compatible with various types of fuel, to charge the batteries and, when necessary, to supply energy directly to the motors.

A battery pack developed by FAAM that is installed between the seats and the rear axle and which can be recharged in 6 hours using a 6 Kw/h grid and in 52 minutes with the APU, completes the setup.

The Italian design house quotes a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. The driving range with the battery alone is 200km but it can be extended to over 800km with the use of the turbine/generator.


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