2.8s QUANT e-SportLimo – Design Shootout vs Porsche 918

2.8s QUANT e-SportLimo – Design Shootout vs Porsche 918

Why so curious about this car’s origin and vision? A few things seem a bit unusual. Let’s dive into the salty blue of QUANT together.

 

 

We knew suspected from first seeing this car’s badge that it comes with a large beer-mug of Bavarian heritage: the Quandt (with a D) family is a major controlling shareholder in the BMW Group. Along with the Porsche’s and the Piech’s — these are some of the most revered industrial dynasties in Germany. And also some of the most shielded and private.

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But is the BMW-board-dominating Quandt family even involved in this “Quant” project? That remains to be seen. But keep reading to find out my strong hunch by the end of this article.

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The Quant e-SportLimousine asks my brain more questions than any of its official literature can answer, at least to the every curious and skeptical minds in this office.

 

QUANT e-SportLimo — HYPOTHETICAL ORIGINS/DESTINATIONS

 

— Why is this name so similar to the Qaundt family name? Germans do not often make mistakes like this.

— Does NanoFlowCell (a brand-new entity promoting a new type of salt-water-derived battery/fuel cell) exist outside concept cars and prototype technology?

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— If there is a BMW connection, why go to such great lengths to dis-associate with BMW’s largess?

— Is Bosch AG really the big ‘actor’ behind the scenes? (Likely also part-owned or, at the very minimum, heavily invested-in by some of the big family powerhouses named above?)

 

— Bosch Engineering is located in Stuttgart, but NanoFlowCell based in Lichtenstein — founder is Swiss-born Nunzio La Vecchia

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— Bosch is officially La Vecchia’s series-production partner.

 

— Bosch is one of the savviest and smartest OEM suppliers in the world, and has every interest in marketing a new fuel-cell innovation in a fully-running prototype.

But overall, what really nagged at me is how similar this car’s appearance is to the Porsche 918 Spyder. Was this an aborted Porsche 929 concept, re-branded and rolled out onto the Geneva show floor anyway? Stick with me a moment here while I logic through this one:

— The 918’s plug-in hybrid tech certainly seems like it has similar specifications to the Quant e-SportLimo specs shown below.

— Porsche is widely believed to have a Panamera Coupe in the works, so adding 929 as the badge is plausible as an evolution of the Porsche 928 front-engined-GT legacy.

— Panamera S e-Hybrid already firmly in production as world’s first plug-in limousine.

— If the BMW/Quandt connection is true or at all possible, did they snap up this tech to help launch a new EV super-luxury brand?

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— Is dropping the Quandt family “D” in spelling simply a way to offer a more internationally-friendly QUANT brand name that preserves some family privacy as well?

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— Or is QUANT, as a name a simple nod to Quantum Physics and a bitch-slap from the Piech and Porsche clans to the Quandt clan all in one?

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One thing IS clear, however: Where-ever this car came from… or is going in the future — it certainly has a large marketing budget to build its momentum.

You do not see Giugiaro debuting their wacky designs with big-budget films like these:

 

We will investigate this riddle wrapped in a high-tech mystery further in the coming days — and correct any speculations above at that point.

UPDATE: I now believe that all of the above companies are collaborating together: Bosch AG as the official partner, but Porsche and BMW firmly in the mix as a joint project. This is unconfirmed.

Until then, below are design comparisons of the QUANT e-SportLimo side-by-side with the Porsche 918 Spyder, a car that shares much of the QUANT’s e-SportLimo’s organic form language.

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NOSE and FRONT 3/4 ANGLES

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SIDE PROFILE ANGLES

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TAIL and REAR 3/4 ANGLES

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QUANT e-SportLimousine Tech Specs

DRIVE TRAIN

all-wheel drive via 4 three-phase induction motors,
torque vectoring for optimal drive torque distribution
peak power: 680 KW (925 PS); 170 KW (231.2 PS) x 4
operating power: 480 KW (653 PS); 120 KW (163.2 PS) x 4
peak-torque per wheel: 2,900 NM x 4

nanoFLOWCELL®

nominal voltage: 600 V
nominal current: 50 A
tank capacity: 2 x 200 L

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PERFORMANCE

0 – 100 KM/H: 2.8 S
top speed: 380 + KM/H
range: projected 400 to 600 KM
energy consumption: 20 KWH/100 KM

DIMENSION AND WEIGHT

kerb weight with full tanks: 2,300 KG
wheelbase: 3,198 MM

WHEEL AND TYRES

front: 245 x 30 R22″
rear: 285 x 30-22″
rolling resistance optimised
width: 2,019 MM
length: 5,257 MM
height: 1,357 MM

 

BODY

door system: two double wing-safety-doors
door openings: 865 MM x 2,068 MM
side window: 400 MM x 1,830 MM
body type: monocoque
seats: four, front and rear adjustable

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