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Imperia GP

Imperia GP

Imperia GP

Imperia GP
Make Imperia
Model GP
Concept year 2008
Production year -
Engine Hybrid

The Imperia GP is a hybrid sports car developed by Green Propulsion.

Between 1900 and 1950, Imperia were a prestige car manufacturer based in Belgium. In 1907 Imperia achieved success in the workshops of Pieper, inventor of the Auto-Mixte, the first hybrid vehicle, also called at the time the "petro-electric" car.

Green Propulsion has fitted the 2008 Imperia GP with a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 174 horsepower, 2.0 litre petrol engine and a 134 horsepower electrical motor.

The internal combustion engine of the Imperia GP takes over when battery recharging is required. Thanks to this hybrid motorisation, the Imperia roadster emits remarkably little CO2 overall (zero direct emissions in electric mode). Another exclusive feature is that it is the only hybrid car that can be recharged from the mains, simply via a power socket. Full charge is obtained in 4 hours, with 85% charge in 3 hours.

The Imperia GP roadster is of Neo-Retro style. And while its vertical radiator grille might suggest an aerodynamic weakness. In fact, it houses a mobile inlet device that regulates the flow of air into the vehicle and gives it a better penetration ratio than many contemporary cars.

Despite the environmentally friendly power source the Imperia GP surprisingly rapid. 0-60 mph in purely electric mode takes a respectable 7.1 seconds. But in hybrid mode this is reduced to a thoroughly rapid 4.8 seconds.


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