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It seems like in the 1960s and early ‘70s, you couldn’t have swung a dead cat-shaped bong without hitting a limited-production American V8-powered European exotic. Certainly the Ford-powered DeTomaso Pantera and Mangusta are pretty well known, and many car cognoscenti are familiar with Bizzarrini’s voluptuous, Chevy Small Block-motivated 5300GT Strada.
But what about fans of Mopar powertrains? Sure, the lovely Facel Vegas featured Chrysler mills, but they fall much closer to the relaxed grand tourer end of the spectrum than they do the raucous sports car end. No, we’re looking for something that has the engine in the middle, a wedgey shape and a devil-may-care attitude. Something like…the 1970 Monteverdi Hai 450 SS.
The Automotive X-Prize is a series of events and programs whose purpose is to inspire a new generation of viable, safe, affordable and super fuel-efficient vehicles. In September of this year, a number of applicants will compete in three events totaling $10 million in prize money.
One of the most innovative entries for this year’s Auto X-Prize is Peraves E-Tracer, an aerodynamics combination of the motorcycle and the automobile propelled by 204hp of electric energy. Sure to make heads spin, we’ll leave it to the consumer to decide whether the enclosed two-passenger motorcycle is impressive.