A working concept version of the car shown in illustrations here is scheduled to debut next week during the New York Auto Show.
It’s called the LM2 Streamliner and the New York-based company responsible is Lyons Motor Car, a startup founded by a graphic designer with a passion for cars. Projects like these rarely seem to find their legs, but the promise of a working concept debuting at an international auto show is noteworthy at the very least.
Lyons Motor Car says the LM Streamliner has 1,700 hp courtesy of a dual overhead cam twin-turbocharged 8.2-liter V8 that can spin at up to 9,000 RPM. The powerplant comes from Nelson Racing Engines and is mounted behind the cockpit and sends power to both the front and rear axles. The company claims it will reach 60 MPH in 2.2 seconds, 100 MPH in 4.1 seconds and a quarter mile in 8.8 The top speed is supposedly 290 MPH. Of course, there isn’t any evidence of the car actually being able to back those numbers up.
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The company is also operating without a chassis wiring harness. Instead it has an electrical system managed by a microprocessor that relies on a single wire to send signals to components in the car, replacing hundreds and hundreds of feet in wiring most cars call for. A Tesla-esque 16-inch touchscreen also replaces the need for any buttons in the cabin.
Its body is shaped from carbon fiber and formed around a safety cell made of the same material. And if you’re wondering, there are no door on the inside or outside of the car. Instead it uses a capacity sensor in the glass that the driver or passenger touches to open the door.
Chances are slim that the LM2 Streamliner will make it much farther than the concept stage, but it will be on display in the Javits Center in New York City over the Easter long weekend.
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