A year after showing off a purple-fog concept car at the Geneva Motor Show last year, Gumpert has launched the first version of its production car, Nathalie, according tomedia. It is understood that Nathalie will no longer use a common electric or plug-in mixer system, but will use an electric motor that relies on methanol fuel cells.
The system offers over 500 miles (805 kilometers) of range, with a refueling time of just three minutes and a 100-kilometer acceleration time of 2.5 seconds.
One of the first points of contention about Nathalie was how a 5 kW methanol fuel cell effectively powered a 600-kilowatt electric engine. Gumpert solves this problem in the build-up from concept to mass-produced vehicles.
The methanol fuel cell under the hood now provides 15 kilowatts of continuous power to a 400-kilowatt (536-horsepower) electric engine. To provide extra energy for faster, more dynamic driving, Gumpert uses a buffer battery. In low power demand situations such as urban driving and start-up, fuel cells charge the battery to ensure that it is powered when needed.
Nathalie’s super-running methanol fuel cell
As for the 536-horsepower output, Gumpert distributes them evenly by deploying an electric engine on each tire. The four-wheel-drive race can accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of 300km/h. The car needs all the system power when it reaches top speed, and when the battery runs out, the 120km/h highway maximum driving speed is still comfortable for the driver.
Roland Gumpert, CEO of Gumpert, said: “My vision for electric cars is that it doesn’t stop when the battery is dead, which paves the way for this innovation. A year later, we were able to show you the world’s first methanol fuel cell vehicle that does not need to rely on charging stations or designated hydrogen fuel recharging stations. “
Nathalie weighs about 3,970 pounds (1,800 kg)
Gumpert plans to launch “overnight delivery services” in markets such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland to support the development of supply chains in North America and the Middle East to avoid fuel acquisition.
In terms of design, the first version looks a bit like the Nissan GT-R on display last year, but there are some notable changes. The skin on the chrome tube chassis is no longer a simple carbon but a composite material that uses 50% linen content to maintain light weight while adding an environmental title to the spec sheet. The doors will be designed with scissor doors to increase the feeling of entering the two-seat racing-style cockpit.
Nathalie’s first version of the model will be available in 2021
The first edition of Nathalie is now available for booking and delivery will not begin until the second half of next year. It is reported that the minimum price of the car is 4075 million euros. Under Gumpert Aiways’s plan, they would build only 500 Nathalie cars.