Elegant, sporty and with an extraordinary design that underscores the special character of this car as the platform for a revolutionary new powertrain technology – this is the QUANT e-Sportlimousine in its world premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The initial ideas for the QUANT were born in 2003 in sketches by the La Vecchia brothers for a pioneering automobile, a revolutionary car for the future.
Its revolutionary character was reflected in its unusual design right from the start. A first model was built in cooperation with a Swedish auto manufacturer in 2009 and presented at the Geneva Motor Show as the NLV Quant.
This also served as the basis for the NLV Quant concept car that was presented in Geneva in 2010.
Following the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it was decided to pursue a completely new concept, both optically and technically. Every element of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine has been developed from the ground up over the last four years: new powertrain, complete redesign, and most importantly, every aspect of the new prototypes are designed with homologation requirements in mind.
The new QUANT e-Sportlimousine is neither a show car, nor a concept car, it is the first automobile equipped with nanoFLOWCELL.
The flowing, sensual design of the exterior wins you over with its long, harmonious lines.
The roof line runs from the windscreen almost the entire length of the car to the wing-like, sculptured rear end. The goal was to give the car as much feeling of motion as possible to reflect the nanoFLOWCELL® at the heart of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine, as well to underscore the sporty, dynamic expression of what an e-sports-car should be.
With its impressive length of more than 5.25 metres, a width of more than 2.2 metres and a height of 1.35 metres, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine makes a bold statement on terms of its dimensions and proportions. Its 22 inch tyres also generously highlight the car’s sporting character.
A series of challenges, like the increased wheel base necessary to accommodate the increased volume of the electrolyte tanks, had to be overcome.
The two unusually long gullwing doors, inspired by eagle wings, cover the complete front and rear seating areas and the car does without a b-pillar altogether. The large, 1.7 metre wide side windows can be lowered completely. The team’s passion for the extraordinary shows in some interesting details: the side window lowers into the gull-wing door faster at the front than at the rear.
The extremely curved rear windscreen and the unusually curved front windscreen with its raked a-pillar, combine with the short front bonnet to make for impressive optics.
“It was important to us that, despite its size and unusual dimensions, our four-seater QUANT e-Sportlimousine would be a sporty automobile. The front of the car is convincing, with its pronounced shoulders, self-confident look, and clear lines. Anyone who stands in front of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine will know exactly what I mean,” Nunzio La Vecchia is already excited about the public’s reaction to the car’s premier in Geneva.
Wood, copper, and leather dominate the interior design of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine. “We are pushing the envelope even with the interior of this car. We pushed every component to the limits of design and technical possibilities. We’re making something completely new that will make others ask why no one has done this before,” explains Nunzio La Vecchia regarding the visionary approach to the design of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine by the nanoFLOWCELL AG company.
Carbon Fibre Monocoque
The flowing exterior design is reflected in the interior. The carbon fibre monocoque is referenced through two monocoque-like rows of seats, in state-of-the-art jet-cockpit style. They are at the centre of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine.
“Driver and passenger sit one behind another like in a monocoque racing car. One is surrounded by real wood and feels at one with nature,” Nunzio La Vecchia describes the special seating and its placement. “With the ambient lighting shining through the wood, which greets passengers as they enter the vehicle, you have the feeling of being integrated into the flow of the nanoFLOWCELL® or surrounded by it,” underscoring the intention behind the innovative RGB LED light strips in the car’s interior, which can be individually adjusted to the colour of your choice.