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Sbarro Sparta : Concept Car

If you paid attention to the Geneva Motor Show, you’ll have undoubtedly seen the big name stuff – the Maserati Alfieri, Koenigsegg One:1, and McLaren 650S. But a closer look turned up a few gems that nobody was talking about, mainly the Sbarro Sparta Concept, a hybrid rally car built by students at Switzerland's Espera Sbarro design school.

The Sparta Concept sports a mid-mounted Peugeot 1.6L four-cylinder that drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual. The students must not have thought that was sufficient, because they added two 100-kW electric motors to drive the front and rear wheels as well, which pumps total output up to 407-horsepower.

The entire project came together in just 84 days, so you can forgive the kids if it isn’t exactly showroom material. Underneath the fiberglass body is a tubular spaceframe chassis and low-mounted lithium-ion battery pack. All totaled, the Sparta weighs in at 3,080 pounds, just 300 heavier than a WRC car. Somebody needs to put these things into production.

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