Straight out of Budapest comes some seriously different thinking. What if you could get an $18,000 car that seats three McLaren F1 style (driver in middle, flanked by passengers), weighs less than 600 pounds, achieves well over 100 mpg and can go 87 mph? You’d have a time machine to 2012, that’s what. While the Antro Solo is obviously in the prototype phase, many of its technologies are fascinating. To keep weight low, it’s built entirely out of carbon fiber and composites. The engine is a gas-electric hybrid with a twist. A large array of roof-mounted photo-cells can charge the battery to extend the EV range. What if it’s cloudy and/or night? Start peddling! That’s right, the Solo comes with pedals that each passenger can crank in order to charge the battery. That’s slick, and perfect for popping down to the corner for milk. and of course, it can always run off it’s diesel motor. Antro’s also thinking about a 6-passenger Duo model. In fact, the Duo might just be two Solo’s joined at the hip. We think it looks sharp, too. Here’s hoping your Hungarian’s better than ours.
Antro Solo Seats Three, Gets 117 mpg City, 157 Highway
June 18, 2008 by Jonny Lieberman