Most people, when they need to fill up their car, visit the petrol station. Shell, Morrisons, Esso – it doesn’t matter. The point is that they do not, under any circumstances, is drive to the edge of the sea, lift the fuel cap, and begin pouring seawater into their vehicle. In fact, it is probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to kill your car. And not just from the in-side out. Sea and metal just don’t mix.
That is, at least, unless the person in question is the owner of a QUANT e-Sportlimousine, who seem to be trying to re-write the rule book.
OK, so perhaps the idea of literally scooping water from the sea is a little far-fetched; but only a little, as this car is genuinely set to run on saltwater. It’s all due to the car’s ‘nanoFLOWCELL’ (the company is clearly big on the random capitalisation of letters) power plant, which uses positively and negatively charged liquids to exchange electrons and, as a result, produce electricity.
The car will feature three such power plants to give a proposed combined power of 912bhp, which to us sounds more nuclear and along the lines of the Delorean than it does an electric car. This will result in a 0-60mph time of 2.8 seconds, a top speed of 236mph, and a range of up to 372 miles (not whilst doing those speeds we can assure you!). This is particularly significant, especially when one considers something not immediately obvious in the photographs – the size of the car. At 17.2ft long and 7.2ft across, it’s certainly deserving of its ‘limousine‘ moniker, even if it does look as beautiful as low slung sports Coupe.
Unfortunately, for anybody getting their credit cards out of their pockets or beginning to write a blank cheque, the car is not actually going on sale. It is, instead, merely a test bed for the nano cell technology. However, give it a few years and the phrase “I’m just going to put some seawater into my car” could begin to enter everyday use.