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Old 02-17-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Fisker To Show-Off Karmaís Advanced Aluminum Spaceframe

Originally slated to go on sale last November, the all-new Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan will now go on sale in the third quarter of this year and in the lead up to its launch we will get our innermost look at the car yet. At next monthís 2010 Geneva Motor Show Fisker will be presenting the advanced aluminum spaceframe that underpins the new Karma.

Fiskerís engineering team designed the Karmaís spaceframe around the carís unique Q-Drive series-hybrid powertrain, filing for multiple patents in the process.

The Q-Drive powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from GM which is used as a generator to charge an array of lithium-ion batteries supplied by A123 Systems. These batteries then power a pair of electric motors developing a peak output of 403 horsepower and 959 pound-feet of torque.

By utilizing 5,000- and 6,000-series aluminum alloys and a unique extrusion-intensive architecture, Fiskerís engineers have managed to keep weight down increasing rigidity and strength. The design features a super-structural tunnel running down the carís centerline that acts as the Karmaís backbone. It not only houses the battery pack but acts as a torque tube connecting front and rear sections.

According to Fisker, few cars can match the Karmaís strength and rigidity. Static torsional rigidity, the amount the spaceframe resists twisting forces when entering a ramp at an angle, for example, measures more than 24,336 pound-feet per degree.

More details will be released following Fiskerís presentation on March 2 in Geneva. In the meantime, read up on the Karma in our previous report by clicking here.

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