Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg, in collaboration with NLV Solar, AG, a pioneer in photovoltaics and accumulator technology, unveiled its four-seater, solar-powered, NLV Quant at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
The 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant has some spectacular attributes. It produces a power of 512hp and a maximum torque of 715Nm. It is capable of going to 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, with a top speed of 275km/h.
The all-electric car is powered through a combination of Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES) and thin layer photovoltaic coating over the car, which provides the 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant with solar energy. The two features help the car to charge in 20 minutes and to deliver a range over 500km.
The unique design of the 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant features a gull-wing door and a very low front surface of around 2 m2. The split side-lite feature helps one two open and close the front and rear side windows separately.
The 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant is equipped with four-wheel brake regeneration, ABS and ESP. It is powered by two electrical AC induction electric motors with variable frequency drive, and in-line planetary step down drive, one for each rear wheel.
The twin-motor designed car has a curb weight of 1780 kg. This is due to the 140 kg two motor installation and the carbon-fibre monotube backbone chassis where the FAES system resides. The FAES weighs around 450 kg.
The 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant is pretty spacious, providing a lot of leg room in the rear and one can enjoy a luxurious drive with a 3-Zone Climate Control system and adjustable rear seats. The supercar boasts of low-friction tires by Michelin with the front tyre having a dimension of 245/35 – 22” and the rear tyre having a dimension of 265/35 – 22”.
The 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant’s Infotainment features include a new touch screen infotainment system, a fast ATM paddle gear shift system, an electronic differential, a music system with radio and I-pod control, Global Sat Nav, Bluetooth telephone, GPS controlled interior lighting and music volume, Warning and Hazard displays and G-force meter, lap timer, and power Torque meter under the performance mode.
The Infotainment system is modular and can be upgraded over time.
The gearbox of the 2009 Koenigsegg NLV Quant is controlled with ergonomic paddles mounted on the steering wheel and can take up to 1100 nm of torque. The new gearbox design that is aided by the ATM Paddleshift system, features a synchronization system that allows shift times of 30 milliseconds.
In 2008, Koenigsegg and NLV Solar signed a co-operation agreement to create a test vehicle for a unique propulsion system which makes optimum use of the solar technologies developed by NLV Solar AG.