Thursday, June 14, 2007

Is it a dolphin? Is it a missile? No, it's Acabian GTBO!!

I want a Acabion GTBO!! Well... May be I'll buy one in my dream tonight... Too bad... I can't afford it in real life... It costs £130,000, which is approx. Cdn $273,656!!

The dolphin-shaped Acabion GTBO can hit a top speed of 342 miles per hour or 550 km/h at 55% throttle, 120 mph to 180 mph in 6 seconds. It weighs a mere 360kg, and has a drag coefficient of just 0.125. It's powered by a highly modified and turbocharged 1,400cc, 4cyl Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle engine, producing either 550 or 700 horsepower.

Accelerating from 0-224mph in 20 seconds, it will leave any Ferrari standing.

At a steady 62mph, an Acabion can travel almost 1,500 miles on one 90-litre tankful.

Acabion GTBO vs Bugatti Veyron
Even though this Swiss car can hit 342mph, its top speed is limited to 292mph, which is still quicker than the world's current fastest road car, the 253mph Bugatti Veyron. The Bugatti Veyron takes 25 seconds to accelerate from 251mph to its top speed of 253mph, and at those speeds, its tires are finished within 30 minutes. Not that that's a particular issue because it will have run out of fuel some 10 minutes earlier. The two-seat Acabion GTBO accelerates from 249mph to 342mph in the same 25 seconds, and after three hours at 267mph, it will still have fuel left, and its tires will last for days.

Super Turtle
According to its engineer Dr Peter Maskus, "It burns seven to 10 times less gasoline, and hence produces seven to 10 times less carbon dioxide, and at a day-to-day 70mph, it burns almost nothing. To build a supercar that is super-wide is not understanding physics at all, and certainly not bionics. In nature, everything that is fast – horses, sharks, falcons and cheetahs – is lean. There's no Ferrari or Bugatti design in nature, except the turtle, but even the turtle is round. Put a 1,000hp engine into a turtle, and it would run fast, but it would be idiotic."

Around 26 will be built over the next four years, each with a £130,000, 26-speaker hi-fi.

Acabian Web Site
Daily Mail
Belfast Telegraph

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