We at Sports Car Hunter occasionally play a game called “Name That Sportscar”.
Typically the car is discovered in the span of a few photos. Fifteen minutes of guessing. More or less.
Our first photo started innocently enough…a tail light:
Here were the guesses:
- Concept car?
Our second photo was meant to tease the tractor crowd. It definitely worked:
- Bugatti Veyron?
- Special Murcielago?
- Lamborghini Aventador?
- Lamborghini Gallardo?
- Marussia B1?
- Lamborghini Embolado?
It’s been an hour at this point. I figured a headlight would be more than fair:
What the Tweeters guessed:
- Lexus LFA?
- Q something?
- Lamborghini Sesto Elemento?
- Arrinera Venocara?
- Honda CRZ?
At this point, it became apparent that unless you designed this machine, you probably don’t know what it is. A roof pic would usher in the final round of guessing:
No one could get it:
- Lamborghini Reventon?
- Tramontana F1?
- Koenigsegg Agera R?
- Aventador “Coupe”?
This “Name That Supercar” was tough. Usually the game stops once I post a single tailpipe. Really. You guys are usually really freaking good. Like, “go outside and play with your dog once in awhile” good.
This game had a tail light, front door and wheel, headlight, AND roof. I uploaded a Lotus Elise worth of car parts and still no one figured it out.
All in all we had over 70+ tweets in this contest, which is a new record!
We would like to thank you for participating and are happy to FINALLY unveil this insane ride.
Enough already, right?
I’m the equivalent to a Prius driver doing 45 in the left hand lane. I can tell.
The Most Difficult “Name That Supercar” …in the world… is…
Seriously. The name means “Tiger” in Arabic.
The 2009 Italdesign Giugiaro Namir.
Where did we see it? The 2012 Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K.
As per worldcarfans.com:
If this exotic-looking two-seater’s performance claims are valid, the moniker is more than appropriate. The Namir uses a mid-mounted gas-powered 814cc rotary engine coupled to four electric motors and lithium polymer power cells for supercar performance. The motors are mounted at the front and rear, on the suspension, and overall power is 270 kW. This translates to about 370 horses of instant-on performance from the electric motors. Giugiaro claims a top speed 300 km/h (187mph) and 0-100 km/h acceleration clocks in at 3.5 seconds, with 200 km/h coming up in 10.4. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain is reported to provide 39 km/liter fuel economy, and CO2 emissions under 60 grams per kilometer. With the 50-liter fuel tank, that gives the Namir a 2000-kilometer range. The car is already racking up performance credentials, with a 1’51” lap time around the Autodromo Nazionale in Monza.
As far as we know, there is only one in existence. The one we photographed is the same hybrid supercar debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show - albeit with a carbon fiber wrap.
Carbon fiber wraps make it so much more 2012 than 2009, don’t you think?
All in all, I think the car is stunning. The public deserves to see this car - or one like it - more often. Even if it’s just in Forza 4.
There’s a good chance you’ve seen the Namir before!
Film aficionados: Pause your TV’s to catch a glimpse of the Namir as it briefly makes a cameo in Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 as a Monte Carlo GP spectator.
Well, that’s all we’ve got for today. Hope you had fun and thanks for participating in this, inadvertently, educational “Name That Supercar”! Hopefully we can top ourselves next time ;)
Check out Italdesign’s Facebook page for more photos of their recent appearance: https://www.facebook.com/Italdesign.Giugiaro
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-Sports Car Hunter Ry