New car runs on rubbish

At a height of 97cm, the Advantage Rone is the lowest car in the world. It is also, claims its Swiss designer, the first sports car to run on kitchen and garden waste.

Created by Rinspeed, the new concept car has a rear-mounted bivalent 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine (16V) which produces 120 hp at 5,500 rpm and delivers its maximum torque of 165 Nm at 3,000 rpm. It also does 0 – 100 km/h in less than six seconds and has a top speed of 205 km/h.

The car, which is said to produce upto 95% less emissions than conventional petrol and diesel vehicles, runs on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or Kompogas, a biofuel developed in Switzerland.

Kompogas is created by the fermentation of garden and kitchen waste and is CO2-neutral. This means that the Kompogas-powered Advantage Rone releases no additional CO2. Using the energy from 100 kg of organic waste, the Rone can cover 100 km.

Kompogas AG claims that a kompogas plant with a yearly capacity of 20,000 metric tons produces the energy equivalent of 1.4 million litres (370,000 US gallons) of gasoline.

Other interesting aspects of the car’s design include the replacement of rear view mirrors with colour cameras which transmit images to LCD monitors in the vehicle’s cockpit.

To improve visibility in city driving and facilitate parking, Rinspeed engineers have also developed the ‘Dynamic Cockpit Control Concept (DCCC)’.

This system allows dynamic positioning of the cockpit. Height and inclination of the cockpit – and with it the driver – are adjusted electronically according to vehicle speed. At speeds up to 40 km/h the cockpit is automatically in the highest position, but beyond 75 km/h the cockpit is lowered by about 30 cm into its lowest position.The cockpit also leans into turns in motorcycle fashion, governed by the centrifugal forces created by turning speed and radius.

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