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2010-02-08 09:43
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Protoscar
Model Lampo 2
Engine Brusa electric
Power 300kW
Torque 640Nm
Zero To Hundred five seconds
Top Speed 200km/h
Weight 1 580kg
Airbags Yes
Tyres 245/45 R18
For a country which practically despises autonomous transport, Switzerland has an awful lot of niche automotive engineering companies.

When the Geneva auto show rolls around annually, it’s hardly surprising then, to see all manner of weird and wonderful home-grown talent displaying  their wares. In anticipation of next month's Geneva auto show, we give you the Lampo 2.

Really yellow

The handiwork of Rovio-based engineering concern, Protoscar, the Lampo is an electric performance car based on GM’s Kappa platform. Okay, so the composite surfacing has been styled in a rather odd manner - it looks like a Plymouth Superbird roadster to us - yet there is plenty of performance on offer.

In order to power the Lamp 2 to a level of authentic sportcar performance, Protoscar has mounted an electric motor for each axle, enabling all-wheel drive. These dual electric motors (designed and manufactured by Swiss company Brusa) are driven by a large-capacity lithium-ion battery pack augmented by solar-cells.

Tallying the outputs, Lampo 2 has 300kW and 640Nm available from its Brusa powertrain. Those batteries aren’t light though (280kg in fact), and with the Lampo 2 weighing 1.5t, performance is quick, instead of staggering.
Top speed is a regulation electric vehicle 200km/h, with the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint dispatched in a touch over five seconds.

Styling is interesting in as much as it manages to combine nearly every incorrect detailing principle known to man - and to think, it's built on the Italian side of Switzerland...

Clever recharging regime

As an electric vehicle, operation range and recharging factor as key Lampo 2 design parameters. Fully charged it’s good for 200km worth of cruising.

Recharging can be effected via a traditional home voltage or industrial outlet system – the latter obviously preferable. The really clever bit though, is Brusa’s NLG513 charging system, which enables 100km of range after only a 10 minute recharge via an off-board DC rapid charger interface.

It might be slower (and a lot less attractive) than Tesla’s Roadster, yet there is some very clever Swiss thinking going on with the Lampo 2.


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