Hydrogen-Boosted Super Hybrid Makes 450 hp and Claims 40 mpg

By Editors on November 5, 2008 12:53 PM

Texas-based Ronn Motor Company has unveiled a mid-engine exotic that boasts a unique twist on the current hydrogen formula: it creates hydrogen gas on-the-fly to up the performance ante of its gasoline-fed twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Dubbed the Scorpion and displayed at this week's SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Show) Show in Las Vegas, the firm plans to build just 200 of these sleek two-seaters to prove the efficacy of its H2GO Hydrogen-on-Demand (HOD) hydrogen injection system. According to company president Ronn Maxwell, in addition to pumping up the power and significantly lowering emissions, the H2GO system can increase fuel efficiency of any engine by 15-33 percent. Once the Scorpion proves out those claims, the firm plans to start marketing bolt-on aftermarket versions of the H2GO system to individuals sometime next year, at a projected price of $1,000.

The basics on the 2,200-lb Scorpion look solid, starting with its highly sculpted carbon-fiber body wrapped around a stiff chrome-moly steel frame. Nestled behind the seats is a 3.5-liter V-TEC V6 from an Acura TL Type S that's had its output bumped from 289 horsepower to 450 thanks to a pair of turbochargers working in consort with proprietary refrigerated intercoolers and further augmented by real-time hydrogen injection courtesy of the H2GO setup. Although that formidable sting gets shipped to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission in this first Scorpion, a six-speed sequential autoshifter will be optional on subsequent customer cars. The standard Scorpion will sticker at $150,000, but Maxwell says that another 150 horses can be added to the corral for an extra $100K.

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