British-built Acabion is fastest road vehicle
By Tom Chivers
A new 340mph "car", built with jet fighter technology and partly designed and built in Britain, is the fastest-ever road vehicle.
The Acabion GTBO reaches 300mph in just thirty seconds, say its designers.
The Acabion GTBO "road streamliner" is capable of 340mph and can do 0 - 300mph in just thirty seconds
Based on the cockpit of a jet fighter and using aerodynamic techniques used in aerospace design, the GTBO is a full 90mph quicker than its nearest rival, the Bugatti Veyron, which takes 55 seconds to reach its 250mph top speed.
Two-wheeled, but with twin stabilising wheels at the back for low-speed manoeuvring - not unlike those used on children's bicycles - the GTBO packs an astonishing 800 brake horsepower in its 1,300cc turbo-charged engine.
However, it weighs just 700lb, half the weight of the original Mini.
The engine and power train are designed in Britain by engineers from the race and dragster community.
An electric version, itself capable of 300mph, is also planned. Its designer, Dr Peter Maskus - a former engineer for Porsche - denies that it is a car or a motorbike at all, preferring to describe it as a "road streamliner".
"The Acabion GTBO minimises weight and maximises power and aerodynamic efficiency. The effects are just out of this world", he said.
"The GTBO is the trendsetter towards a new generation of crafts in two categories, both hyper efficient.
"One category is pure electric for city traffic and distances up to 300 miles.
"The other category is petrol driven with 10 times the punch and a range of up to 1000 miles per fuel-stop.
"They both boost the jet-like GTBO to jet-fighter punch and to new dimensions of both efficiency and speed."
Dr Maskus claims that designs such as these are the future for high-efficiency, low-emission transport.
"Building cars based on carriages was a logical thing to do back in 1886. It is the most silly thing to do in the 21st century," he said, adding that the GTBO was capable of such high speeds due to its "slippery shape".
"The GTBO is built with Formula 1 and jet fighter materials and according to Formula 1 and jet fighter production standards.
"We certify each craft according to German standards and then generate country specific legalisation based on that - it will be sold in the UK and the US," he said, promising that the GTBO would be in production within three years.
"Our grandchildren will probably laugh at how slow and how inefficient cars have been," he added.
However, those grandchildren may not get to spend much time in it. A one-seater that will cost approximately £1.5 million for its first production models, it is unlikely to see much service as a family car.