Murat Günak, who worked for Volkswagen, once changed the corporate world to follow a green dream. He created his own company in Switzerland where he first created an all-electric tricycle called twike.me which, in the end, did not see the light. But he's now working in a new project, a hybrid coupe.
The 50-year-old German designer is going against the mainstream (and non-mainstream) trend of making cars heavier and more expensive. Bloated vehicles have higher fuel consumption and sometimes come with an array unreasonable (if not unnecessary) options. Günak's model is named Mindset and has a 95 HP electric motor which can be recharged at home or with its ICE engine, a .63 liter V2 engine good for 24 HP. The trick is that the car is very light, topping only 730 kg (1600 pounds), not bad for a car that's 4.2 meters (14 ft) long, 1.4 meters (4 ft 8 in) high, and uses 22-inch wheels with very low-profile tires. With these figures, the Mindset should reach 140 km/h (75 mph) and go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than six seconds.
Gunäk promises to have a full-scale model out by the end of this year and a concept ready for 2009. His target is to make 10,000 units per year.
[Source: GroenOpWeg via Autoweek.nl]