4 cyl natural gas
The Magna Steyr MILA Concept showcased at the 2005 Frankfurt
International Auto Show was a single-seater sports car
concept with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.
Austria based automotive engineering and manufacturing
company Magna Steyr, used the MILA Concept to display
their ability to make complete cars, as well as demonstrate
their engineers' creativity and skill in creating innovative
and technically advanced vehicles.
The MILA's engineering highlights include an Eco-friendly,
compressed natural gas fueled engine, which when combined
with lightweight construction techniques (final weight
is 850 kgs) allows for sporty performance.
The MILA's modular design allows different versions of
the concept, one or two seats etc, to be built with minimal
Magna Steyr are big believer's in the future of natural
gas powered vehicles and the MILA Concept will focus more
on the development of natural gas engines in the future.
The mid-mounted engine used in the MILA Concept is a standard
1.6-litre four-cylinder model that was converted to run
solely on natural gas. The only modifications necessary
were the installation of natural gas fuel injection valves.
Power figures are respectable, maximum power of 150 hp
allows the MILA to achieve a top speed of 125 mph and
acceleration from 0 to 62 mph takes just 6.9 seconds.
Magna Steyr expect the target audience for the MILA Concept
is diverse, and includes: "Individualists, techies
and lifestylers with a penchant for innovative, original,
pioneering vehicles Drivers who are looking for a vehicle
using eco-friendly alternative fuels that they can drive
in built-up areas, even when environmental regulations
close city centres to private traffic (e.g. ban on driving
because of particulate emissions, Fresh-air aficionados
who don't really want to miss the feeling of riding a
motorcycle, but still prefer to drive on four wheels (perhaps
only because they don't have a motorcycle licence) with
a roof over their heads if need be Potential buyers who
already have one or two conventional vehicles in the family
and are therefore interested in something "completely
different" as a second or third car - a vehicle with a
hint of Formula One fascination, a funky fun car with
a sporty look, power and performance but at an affordable
price". It's a nice thought.
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