's new hydrogen fuel cell
powered prototype car
, unveiled just in time for the 2002 Paris Motor Show
. The Hy-wire sports a revolutionary new chassis
design; since the car is completely drive-by-wire
and driven by four electric motors (one in each wheel
), the chassis is a mere 28 centimeters thick and resembles a skateboard
. The body
of the car is also unique, with vast amounts of glass
providing almost total visibility and the absence of an engine
compartment and a trunk
making for huge amounts of interior space
According to an article in the August, 2002 issue of Wired, the car "...will accelerate like an F-111 because its electric motors will deliver instant torque to the wheels. It will be silent. The wheels will be controlled independently, allowing the car to swivel and move sideways, doing away with the cumbersome three-point turn. And like other fuel cell cars, the AUTOnomy (GM's internal name for the project) will generate more than enough juice to power a house..."
I want one.
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