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XSeed Hybrid Buggy Concept

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On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 2:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


XSeed Hybrid Buggy Concept

The Peugeot EX-1 just got a little competition. The EX-1 was one of the few vehicles that we could think of that compares to the new XSeed concept, a small hybrid speedster that's part go-cart or buggy and part car.

The Xseed is the work of designer Marcus Beltrao, according to Ubergizmo. It's just a design, so take the actual design features and hard figures with a grain of salt.

Beltrao envisions a hybrid powertrain motivating the small, open-topped two-seater. It is powered by a combination of a 1.6-liter flex-fuel engine and a series of electric motors at each wheel. Combined, the motors and engine offer up to 225 hp and would theoretically push the car to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds - a few steps behind the 2,200-lb, 340-hp EX-1, which promised acceleration to 62 mph below 3 seconds and achieved it in about 3.5 seconds. Of course, the EX-1 was a sort of unique three/four-wheeler combo, so it's difficult to compare.

Like the EX-1, Beltrao has focused much attention on keeping weight down. He envisions materials like a ceramic engine, magnesium alloy wheels and a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body helping in this goal.

Like we said, this car is a concept in the strictest sense - an artistic design made by an individual with no apparent ties to any automotive company. So we don't expect to see it attacking the EX-1's world records anytime soon.




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Sami18 | 12:09PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

I like this concept its very creative and i hope it may come to production.


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Stephy21 | 12:30PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

I don't like it when they put these concepts on the internet its basically like getting your hopes up until you read another article saying they approved it or they declined it. Why cant they just wait till its approved and then have a big story on it.



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