2009 Italdesign Giugiaro Frazer-Nash Namir Concept
(from Italdesign Giugiaro Press Release) FRAZER-NASH NAMIR BY GIUGIARO
The fastest and most ecological hybrid in the world
Namir is a concept car
born of the collaboration between Italdesign Giugiaro and
Frazer-Nash, a company specialized in the design, construction, and
marketing of hybrid systems deeply rooted in the historical
automotive manufacturing company founded in England by Archie
Frazer-Nash in 1923.
The Arabian name Namir, meaning “tiger”, sums up the main features of the concept car: elegance and power, aggressiveness and litheness of lines. Without any doubt it is a sports car: a coupé with two bucket seats and an accurate equilibrium between style and mechanics, aesthetics and contents. The sophisticated mechanics as well as the avant-garde electric and electronics systems are wrapped up into an aggressive package with an exquisitely balanced proportion of volumes and a stunning contrast between the sharp accents of the rear end and the sinuous front lines that emphasise this supercar's performance: over 300 km/h (187 mph) at maximum speed and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and from 0 to 200km/h in 10.4 seconds, making this the fastest hybrid car in the world.
Namir is also an
ecological vehicle. The hybrid system developed together with
Frazer-Nash combines an 814 cc endothermic rotary engine with four
electric motors, guaranteeing autonomy of 39 km with one litre of
fuel CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per km travelled.
The prototype was built entirely in the Italdesign Giugiaro plant.
About Italdesign Giugiaro – Frazer-Nash collaboration
“The encounter with Frazer-Nash dates back to about a year ago” explains Fabrizio Giugiaro, Vice President and Styling Director of Italdesign Giugiaro, "and it was a pleasure to meet with a name that has made automobile history. Since the early 1990s, Frazer-Nash has taken the lead in the engineering and construction of hybrid systems for vehicles; they were very interested in our branch of research dedicated to hybrid systems applied to sports vehicles and, a few months ago, contacted us about collaborating with them in developing a product that would be able to showcase the potential of their systems. Frazer-Nash then began concentrating on the development of a fuel, traction, and transmission system bespoke for Namir, while the talents and expertise of Italdesign Giugiaro were exploited for the interior styling, planning, engineering and mechanics. It certainly was an interesting and profitable collaboration that resulted in a unique vehicle with very exciting performance levels in terms of speed and pick-up, above all in terms of low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions”.