Hybrid Concept Car A Sweet Street Racer

Who hasn’t dreamed of cruising the open road in a souped-up race car? That childhood dream meets our grown-up understanding of the need not just for speed, but for green, in the Reptile.

The Reptile hybrid vehicle concept is a lightweight racing car that can also hit the open road, thanks to the combination of its 2700cc Wankel engine and 4-pole electric induction motor. The gas engine in the back keeps the car balanced, while the motion of the wheels recharges the electric motor.

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image via Arturo Arino

The Reptile switches over from electric to gas at the touch of a button–namely, the button that says ‘RACE,’ which suppresses the electric motor and kicks in the Wankel engine in all its at 9000 rpm glory.

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image via Arturo Arino

From the side, the Reptile looks every inch the racecar–from head-on, we’d say, it looks more like a grinning alligator. Perhaps this was designer Arturo Arino’s inspiration for the name?

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Another revolution in racing.

    • Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

      looks like the lost child of Ultraman to a crocodile!

    • I think so. My first reaction when I saw the car (together with the name) is that, it looks like a crocodile. Pulling aesthetics aside, the car’s battery-recharging system isn’t bad – in fact, most cars nowadays can implement this tech – from trains to buses.