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Old 12-30-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Eliica, the 8-wheeled super vehicle gets closer to production

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More than twenty years ago, Dr. Hiroshi Shimizu made his first electric car by converting a gasoline-propelled sedan to electric drive. Trained as an environmental engineer, Mr. Shimizu became progressively more interested in going beyond the limits of electric car technology; and the Eliica is the latest evidence of this – a potent, 8-wheeled super vehicle with a maximum speed of 230 mph (370 km/h).

A powerful 60kW (80 hp) electric motor propels each of its eight wheels. Initially envisaged in 2003, Shimizu together with his engineering students made two Eliicas at an estimated cost of $320,000. One variant is considered a “speed” version; while the second is considered the “acceleration” version.

The objective of the team at Keio University is to attain the world speed record of 400 km/h (250 mph). These two versions employ lithium ion batteries and have a working reach of 200 miles (320 km). Curiosity in Dr. Shimizu’s efforts clearly has been lately renewed as the Japanese government became aware of the significance of electric-powered vehicles. The team would like to get corporate sponsorship to make 200 of the four-passenger Eliicas for a projected cost of 30 million Yen or just about $255,000









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Old 12-30-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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The weight on that thing is at either end.... not too happy in corners this.
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:45 PM   #4
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The weight on that thing is at either end.... not too happy in corners this.
its a friggin limo. do you expect a lincoln town car to be autocrossing? either way, this is gonna be a helluva luxobarge.
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:51 PM   #5
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Does anyone else think it kinda looks like and old Citroen (minus 4 wheels)?
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:53 PM   #6
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Does anyone else think it kinda looks like and old Citroen (minus 4 wheels)?
Yup, as soon as I saw the photos, I thought, "this has to be by Citroen or at least french."

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Old 12-31-2008, 09:21 AM   #7
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I dig all 8 of those wheels.

I'm picturing this up on blocks on the side of the street in New York. It's like hitting 2 cars at once.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:25 AM   #8
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its a friggin limo. do you expect a lincoln town car to be autocrossing? either way, this is gonna be a helluva luxobarge.
Uhh...

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More than twenty years ago, Dr. Hiroshi Shimizu made his first electric car by converting a gasoline-propelled sedan to electric drive. Trained as an environmental engineer, Mr. Shimizu became progressively more interested in going beyond the limits of electric car technology; and the Eliica is the latest evidence of this – a potent, 8-wheeled super vehicle with a maximum speed of 230 mph (370 km/h).

A powerful 60kW (80 hp) electric motor propels each of its eight wheels. Initially envisaged in 2003, Shimizu together with his engineering students made two Eliicas at an estimated cost of $320,000. One variant is considered a “speed” version; while the second is considered the “acceleration” version.

The objective of the team at Keio University is to attain the world speed record of 400 km/h (250 mph). These two versions employ lithium ion batteries and have a working reach of 200 miles (320 km). Curiosity in Dr. Shimizu’s efforts clearly has been lately renewed as the Japanese government became aware of the significance of electric-powered vehicles. The team would like to get corporate sponsorship to make 200 of the four-passenger Eliicas for a projected cost of 30 million Yen or just about $255,000
It isn't a limo.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:31 AM   #9
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It isn't a limo.
Well just because it's fast in a straight line doesn't mean it's a sports car.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:04 PM   #10
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:45 PM   #11
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The weight on that thing is at either end.... not too happy in corners this.

Should be great with all that rubber digging in.
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Old 01-01-2009, 02:38 PM   #12
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Does anyone else think it kinda looks like and old Citroen (minus 4 wheels)?
Is that a big block hiding in there?????
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:04 PM   #13
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LOL it's cool to see my school on NASIOC.
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Do want...it looks like a cross between a Citroen and Homer Simpson's dream car.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:30 PM   #15
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not sexy...but cool concept
640hp...i wonder how it handles and how much it weighs
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:10 PM   #16
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Well just because it's fast in a straight line doesn't mean it's a sports car.
once again, another reluctant but 100% agreement with whiteknightsti.

beaverboy, they never mention handling, so your point is moot. also, how many passengers is a maybach 62? 4 passenger, so shut it.
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