Protoscar Lampo: Part Lambo, part lamp

The Protoscar Lampo is a two-seater cabriolet that charges about on an electrical charge from its two battery motors. And it's rather quick

"'Allo, John, got a new motor?" "Yes, actually. It's a Lampo." "A Lambo?! Blimey, John, it must have been a good year at the abbatoir!" "No, no, a Protoscar Lampo. It's an electric sports cabriolet." Pause. "You've got some funny ideas, you 'ave, John."

The Lampo is a two-door electric sports car, powered by two water-cooled Brusa electric motors each with its own single-speed gearbox. One drives the front wheels and the other drives the back, with one engine doing the gruntwork and the other set up to recover energy from braking. A 3.3kW charger is connected to each axle.

Each of the lithium-ion battery packs manage 16kWh, with a total output of 268bhp (200kW) and a total range of about 125 miles. It'll pin back your ears with more than 440Nm of torque.

"'Ere John, is it called Lampo because you plug it into a lampost to charge it? Hurhurhur!" "No, actually Lampo is Italian for 'lightning', because lightning is both electrical and fast, just like the car. It goes from 0-60mph in about 5 seconds and maxes out at 125mph." Pause. "Oh. Right. 'Ey John, what's Italian for 'goes like shish off a shovel'?"

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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