Valentin Teases IngoCar

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Valentin Technologies has just shown the first teaser of the five-seat, four door IngoCar. The vehicle is powered by a brand new hydraulic-fluid drive. This means that a small gasoline engine pumps fluid into an accumulator. The fluid then drives hydraulic wheel motors for shiftless acceleration.

During braking, motors are reversed and pump the entire recuperated braking energy back into the accumulator. According to the producer, the car can reach 100 km/h in 4 seconds from a standstill and has a range of 1,000 miles for a full 6 gallon tank of fuel.

The company's founder Ingo Valentin has stated that "finally outstanding performance and extremely high mileage are combined in a mid-size passenger car."

"Ingo wanted an image that reflected the car's performance and its low emissions. The words athletic and friendly inspired the design," s
aid the car's designer Davide Tonizzo, of designD. The designer opted for a two box design with aero driven features including front and rear diffusers and very soft front corners.

"It was important to give the car appeal. While we wanted an efficient aero design we didn't want to overdo the aeronautical character and create an airplane for the road," added the designer. The styling remains modern and pleasant with distinctive Venturi-inspired lines on the side panels that pay tribute to the aero efficiency and help define the IngoCar brand.

"We are proud to unveil our vision of an automobile that has the style, interior space, comfort and cost of a BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class combined with unprecedented range and fuel economy," Mr. Valentin said.

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