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  1. #1 Wrightspeed - The X1 Prototype 
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    The X1 prototype is a concept car, and a test platform. It is not a production car, and never will be. ItÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ ’¢â€šÃ⠀šÃ‚¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â†¬Å¾Ã‚¢s a proof-of-concept vehicle that will lead to a production car in the future.

    To build it as a prototype, we looked for the best of the best, in todayÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢à ƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡à ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â⠚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s technology. We chose the AC Propulsion ( 3-phase AC induction motor and inverter ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬ ¡Ã‚¬Ã…“ the highest power/weight ratio system available; brilliantly engineered, and with about a decade of durability testing to date. For the chassis, we turned to Ariel, in Somerset. ( Simon Saunders, the designer of the Atom and the founder and CEO of Ariel, has created in our view one of the worldÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢à ƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡à ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â⠚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s most beautiful cars, as well as the quickest, lightest chassis on the road. To drive it is a revelation. SimonÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢à ƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡à ‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â⠚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s background is in automotive design, notably for Aston Martin and Porsche. The Atom chassis was substantially modified for the electric drive train, but retains the original styling.

    The X1 prototype is just the beginning. It meets its design specs of 0-60 in 3 seconds, 170 mpg equivalent; and at 1536 lbs, is only 36 lbs over the design target of 1500. It really does raise the performance driving experience to a new level, even for racing drivers. No clutch, no shifting, precise and immediate control of torque in drive and braking, perfect traction control⠃ƒ¢â€š ƒâ€šÃ‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ⠚¦first gear takes you to 112mphâà ƒÆ’¢â€šà ƒâ€šÃ‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ⠚¦

    The X1 production car will be betterâà ƒÆ’¢â€šà ƒâ€šÃ‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ⠚¦ much better.

    • 3-phase AC induction motor, 236hp at the motor shaft
    • 182 ft lbs torque at the motor shaft, from 0 rpm to 6,000 rpm
    • 13,300 rpm rev limit
    • weight 1,500 lbs
    • no clutch, single gear ratio 8.35:1
    • Quaife limited slip differential
    • Alcon front calipers, 4 piston
    • Dymag Magnesium Alloy wheels
    • inboard Bilstein race dampers, Eibach 2-stage springs
    • steering: rack and pinion, 1.5 turns lock-lock
    • Lithium Ion battery pack


    • 0-60 ~ 3.0 seconds
    • Standing quarter mile ~11.5 seconds
    • op speed 112mph (electronically limited)
    • Range >100 miles in urban use
    • Charger: onboard conductive. Input 100-250V 50 or 60 Hz. Current: user adjustable up to 80A
    • Energy consumption 200 WHr/mile in urban use, equivalent to 170 mpg (33,705 WHr/gallon)

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    kewl ^.^

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    hmm. I remember when TopGear gave a review on this. Its known as the Ariel Atom. Its engine is actual a iVTECH honda motor with 4 cylinders. Its said to be the best production 4 cylinder engine in the world.
    Theres the offcial website

    To see Jeremy Clarkson in action with the Ariel, take a look here:
    What I like about this car is taht the INtake is right next tou your ear. Thus, you can hear the roaring sound of air getting sucked in the airtake

    I just love how his cheeks get analed by the wind!

    So I dont see why this is called the X1 confused

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    well I just saw this and I thought it was cool
    dont know anything about cars though
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    thats a fast car!!!!hilarouis watching his old cheeks fold back, due to speed
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