Shell Concept showcases efficient motoring without electric power
SINGAPORE, April 23 — Petrolheads who like their concept cars to be jaw-dropping examples of art may be tempted to give the Shell Concept Car a miss, but this car may well have an impact on the future of the car that belies its modest appearance.
Eschewing the use of electric technology, the project aims to significantly reduce the amount of energy needed to build and run a car through “co-engineering” the car’s body, engine design and lubricants to maximise efficiency. Shell says that independent testing has shown that the car will deliver a thirty-four per-cent reduction in primary energy use over its entire lifecycle, relative to a typical city car in the United Kingdom.
The car is powered by a three-cylinder, 660cc engine with a claimed fuel economy of 107 mpg (miles per gallon). The 550kg three-seater is based on the T.25 city car produced in 2010 by Gordon Murray, the legendary Formula One designer who penned championship-winning designs for Brabham and McLaren in the 80s.
Shell also collaborated with engine specialists Geo Technology, who are headed by Osamu Goto. It’s another name that will be familiar to die-hard Formula One fans — Osamu was former director of Honda F1. — TODAY