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04 March 2009

GENEVA 2009 - FRAZER-NASH NAMIR BY GIUGIARO: The fastest and most ecological hybrid in the world

Namir is a concept car born of the collaboration between Italdesign
Giugiaro and Frazer-Nash, a company specialized in the design,
construction, and marketing of hybrid systems deeply rooted in the
historical automotive manufacturing company founded in England by Archie
Frazer-Nash in 1923.
Presented during the 79th edition of the International Motor Show in
Geneva, Namir represents the turning of a new page in the book being
written by the Torino-based firm since 2004, opening with the Alessandro
Volta project and followed up with the commemorative dream car –
Quaranta - the result of research and development on sports cars fuelled by
hybrid systems produced last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of
the company’s founding.
The Arabian name Namir, meaning “tiger”, sums up the main features of
the concept car: elegance and power, aggressiveness and litheness of lines.
Without any doubt it is a sports car: a coupé with two bucket seats and an
accurate equilibrium between style and mechanics, aesthetics and
contents. The sophisticated mechanics as well as the avant-garde electric
and electronics systems are wrapped up into an aggressive package with an
exquisitely balanced proportion of volumes and a stunning contrast
between the sharp accents of the rear end and the sinuous front lines that
emphasise this supercar's performance: over 300 km/h (187 mph) at
maximum speed and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and
from 0 to 200km/h in 10.4 seconds, making this the fastest hybrid car in
the world.

Namir is also an ecological vehicle. The hybrid system developed together
with Frazer-Nash combines an 814 cc endothermic rotary engine with four
electric motors, guaranteeing autonomy of 39 km with one litre of fuel
CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per km travelled.
Namir is not merely an exercise in style in and of itself, but rather a fully
developed project followed in each and every phase by the Torino-based
firm: chassis, body, and mechanical layout were designed and constructed
by the Engineering Division, the exterior and interior style was entrusted to
the Italdesign Giugiaro Style Centre, while the electrical and electronic
elements were developed in collaboration with Frazer-Nash.
The prototype was built entirely in the Italdesign Giugiaro plant.
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About Italdesign Giugiaro – Frazer-Nash collaboration
“The encounter with Frazer-Nash dates back to about a year ago” explains
Fabrizio Giugiaro, Vice President and Styling Director of Italdesign Giugiaro,
"and it was a pleasure to meet with a name that has made automobile
history. Since the early 1990s, Frazer-Nash has taken the lead in the
engineering and construction of hybrid systems for vehicles; they were very
interested in our branch of research dedicated to hybrid systems applied to
sports vehicles and, a few months ago, contacted us about collaborating
with them in developing a product that would be able to showcase the
potential of their systems. Frazer-Nash then began concentrating on the
development of a fuel, traction, and transmission system bespoke for
Namir, while the talents and expertise of Italdesign Giugiaro were exploited
for the interior styling, planning, engineering and mechanics. It certainly
was an interesting and profitable collaboration that resulted in a unique
vehicle with very exciting performance levels in terms of speed and pickup,
above all in terms of low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions”.
Mechanics and electronics in a brand new system
The structural architecture of the Frazer-Nash Namir by Giugiaro consists of
a monocoque chassis in carbon-fibre with honeycomb panels that encloses
the rear suspension: this structure is guaranteed to be lightweight - with a
total frame weight of just 110 kg – without compromising strength and
rigidity to ensure an adequate level of driver and passenger safety.
Namir boasts a 4-wheel powered series hybrid system with digital
differential complimented by an auxiliary power unit comprising an 814cc
rear endothermal transverse rotary engine that runs on petrol coupled with
a generator that charges the lithium polymer power cells, and by 2 twin
electric motors installed on the front and rear suspensions, thereby
developing an overall power of 270 kW, equal to 370 hp.
In this way, the series hybrid system guarantees unprecedented fuel
consumption and emissions, about 39 km with one litre and less than 60
g/km of CO2. The fuel tank integrated into the chassis at the height of the
right door sill under the passenger’s seat has a 50 litre capacity, meaning a
total autonomy of almost 2.000 km.
The four-wheel powered drivetrain is fully electric with digital differential.
Software manages the power load to the drive as needed, according to
driving and terrain conditions, making use of all the electronic control
systems used in mass-produced vehicles: ABS, drive control, and stability
The drive system and motor and battery lay out was developed by Italdesign
Giugiaro in collaboration with Frazer-Nash, allowing the calibration of the
concept car on a 2630 mm wheelbase, which is ideal for a car with a central
The classic double wishbone suspensions are directly over the wheels for
the front end and the rear.
Aluminium and carbon-fibre for a “tiger” style
At first glance, the Frazer-Nash Namir by Giugiaro strikes us as a vehicle
with overwhelmingly sporty features. A coupé with two bucket seats, the
stark yet streamlined styling lends it an aggressive look, accentuated by
bold, angular lines and the contrasting colours of the sunny orange body
and the black of the glass and the grills that cover the air intakes, recalling
a tiger. A diamond theme dictates the signature styling of this concept car
from all points of view, drawing its inspiration from the historic logo of the
legendary English factory that marks the bonnet, which is accompanied by
the classic red ‘G’ centred in the radiator grill that distinguishes all
Giugiaro prototypes.
The front view evokes the racing ambitions of this vehicle, thanks to an
aggressive profile accentuated by the sloping V-shaped relief of the central
section, by the ample aeration in the design of the air grills, from the
converging headlamps set into the fenders that swell above the aquiline
bonnet, moulded in a carbon fibre single-piece, while other parts are in
What truly stands out from both a structural and aesthetic point of view is
the ample windscreen. The ‘V’-shape of the glass surfaces wedges nearly
halfway into the bonnet, virtually extending the geometric motif onto the
roof and along the sides; it hides, in its basis, solar panels that generate
power necessary for the functioning of the cockpit conditioning system. The
aesthetic continuity can be especially appreciated when the car is closed:
the glass swoops from the bonnet over and beyond the driver and
passenger’s heads to down alongside the doors, which open scissors-fashion,
towards the rear wheels and meeting the air intakes of the same colour.
The waistline starts at the front wheel arch and gradually rises towards the
rear fender, cutting the transparent surface diagonally in an appealing
contrast of volumes and colours.
The rear hood is characterised by highly angular lines that taper from the
root towards the rear, where the air cooling vents form the central 'M' in
naMir; in between is a over 400-litre boot capable of accommodating four
suitcases and a golf bag. The rear end is topped off by a small stabilizer
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that grants the vehicle downforce, while the lower aileron reminds us that
it is, after all, an F1 spin-off.
The lighting clusters are extremely modern: the low-beam lights and the
full-beam are Bi-xenon type. The direction indicators, the tail and rear stop
lights are of the full led type, inserted in a single box but differentiated
according to color.
Namir mounts 20”-OZ rims, Brembo brakes and Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta
tyres, 245/40 front and 275/40 rear.
Great liveability and smiling technology for the interiors
The construction of the interior was based on a minimalist theme to create
an airy and comfortable environment for driver and passenger; the surfaces
dedicated to the controls and on-board information were concentrated into
three touch screen monitors, combining the creativity and expertise of
Italdesign Giugiaro with the Frazer-Nash's vast experience in electronics.
The three touch screen monitors are installed behind the hexagonal
steering wheel, where the infotainment commands are located. The central
monitor hosts the speedometer, tachometer, and trip data; the one to the
right is dedicated to entertainment with information from the GPS, the hifi,
air conditioning, and relative controls; the left screen is dedicated to
technical information like the battery charge, fuel level, interior and
exterior temperature, and warning messages. Furthermore, the cruise
control, exterior lights, windscreen wipers, and electric mirrors will all be
activated by a touch of your fingertip.
Nothing but the best leather and tweed, as a homage to British tradition,
were used for the seating and dashboard with a view to contrasting the
brushed steel used for the structural supports and plexiglass, thereby
defining the forms of a technological environment that is also warm and
The electronic transmission allowed to eliminate central tunnel, substituted
by a tubular structure where the gear selector (with N, P, D and R
positions), the start and stop engine button as well as the air conditioning
vents take place. Between the two backs of the seats the tubular structure
curves up to the roof and is embellished with leather and tweed storage
The seats were designed in collaboration with Sabelt, drawing inspiration
from those used in race cars but updating them to harmonize with the
general layout of the interior; the Style Centre’s extensive experience in
industrial design has resulted in seats that are ergonomic, technological,
and very comfortable, but with an understated sophisticated design.
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Namir at Monza
The Frazer-Nash Namir by Giugiaro made its virtual debut at the Autodromo
Nazionale in Monza, with very positive results: the record lap was 1’51”.
The Giugiaro Virtual Reality Centre immortalised this run in a two-and-ahalf-
minute virtual video to be projected at the Italdesign Giugiaro stand
(Hall 2, stand 2041) for the entire duration of the Geneva Motor Show.
The Italdesign Giugiaro Virtual Reality Centre was the first of its kind with a
big screen in Italy, created in 1999 to implement working methodology with
a view to significantly reducing times and costs of the Style Centre of the
Torinese firm. Thanks to the continual updating of software and hardware
over the past decade, it remains a European leader, also thanks to the 21-
square metre retroprojection videowall.
Having digitally reconstructed the entire Monza race track, the actual task
of the Virtual Reality Centre was to elaborate all the factual data of the
Frazer-Nash Namir by Giugiaro supplied by the Style Centre and the
Engineering Division to faithfully represent not only engine performance
(speed, acceleration…) but also handling on the road.
To bring this film to life, more than 4,000 images were elaborated; 30
photograms per second that guarantee results equal to, if not better than,
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Technical data
Length (inch) 179,52
Height (inch) 46,69
Width (inch) 77,63
Ground Clearance (inch) 4,52
Wheelbase (inch) 103,54
Front Tires 245/40 r20
Rear Tires 275/40 r20
Front Rims 8,5 x 20
Rear Rims 10 x 20
Weight (lbs) 3.196,70
Suspensions Double Wishbone
Values and driving performance
Drivetrain 4 Wheel Powered, Digital Differential
Motor Technology Permanent magnet brushless DC
Battery Technology Lithium Ion Polymer Intelligent cell
Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
Rotary Engine with Generator (cm3)
System total power (kW) 270
Voltage 400 V, 108 cells
Top speed (mph) over 187
0 – 100 km/h (sec) 3,5
Fuel Consumptions 39 km/l
CO2 emissions < 60 g/km
Special thanks to:
- Brembo
- Sabelt
- Vredestein
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Italdesign Giugiaro: forty years dedicated to automobiles
The innovative formula of Italdesign was to establish its raison d'être as a
service company for big industry, to assist in design, engineering, industrial
development, all the way to the validation and final approval, without
actually producing anything of their own.
When designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and planner Aldo Mantovani brought
Italdesign to life in February 1968, the plant to produce the first fruit of
their new venture, the Alfasud range, was already well underway in
Pomigliano d'Arco.
In this way, a firm established to fulfil a simple commission became an
innovative formula that continues to be valid even today.
During more than forty years of applying the “Italdesign formula”, more
than 50 million examples of more than 200 models have been produced.
The first decade of activity was marked by the entire Alfa Romeo Alfasud
range, the Lotus Esprit, the first generation of the VW Golf and Scirocco,
and the Maserati Quattroporte III.
Between 1978 and 1988, the Audi 80, the BMW M1, the first generation of
the Lancia Delta, as well as the FIAT Panda and Uno appeared.
The third decade marked the arrival of the Renault 19, the Subaru SVX, the
Lexus GS300, the second generation of the SEAT Ibiza, and the first of the
Fiat Punto.
Between 1998 and today, the Maserati 3200 GT, the second generation of
the SEAT Toledo, the FIAT Grande Punto, and the Brilliance Zhonghua were
Many of these models, from the Alfasud to the Panda, from the M1 to the
Zhonghua, from the FIAT Sedici/Suzuki SX4 to the second generation of the
FIAT Croma were designed as well as engineered by Italdesign.
However, the “Italdesign formula” is also applied without design: even if
models are designed directly by the manufacturers, they are industrialized
by the Torinese team.
These include Ford Escort and Capri convertibles, the Lancia Delta HPE, the
FIAT Marea and Siena, the entire range of the second generation of the
Mini, the Citroën C3 Pluriel, and three variations of the Renault Megane
Italdesign is not synonymous with the industrial development and design of
only automobiles, but also of commercial vehicles, like the FIAT Doblò,
Scudo and Ducato, industrial vehicles like the IVECO Daily, Eurocargo and
Eurostar, the Scania T-Truck; buses for IVECO and Volvo, tractors for
Hurlimann, Lamborghini, and Same.
Projects range from wheels to rails, like high-speed and long-distance trains
in China, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, not to
mention trams and subways in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome, and Torino.
The Italdesign work method gradually gained renown in sectors unrelated to
transportation, given their more than 20 years of collaboration for
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technological objects like Nikon cameras and Indesit home appliances, and
even architectural projects and packaging solutions like bottles for San
Bernardo water for the Nestlé Group.
Italdesign is now on the verge of its second forty years entirely in the hands
of the Giugiaro family, with Fabrizio flanking his father Giorgetto in the
creative area since 1990 and with a management team led by Managing
Director Enzo Pacella.
From a proprietary and management point of view, continuity has
prevailed, while evolution has dominated the services offered in order to
keep pace with market demands.
At the time of the Alfasud, the services specialist was also asked to supply
the planning of the entire assembly line - a job that has since been
transferred directly to the assembly line suppliers. Instead, for years now,
Italdesign has been asked to experiment, validate, and type-approve new
models, a phase that was jealously guarded by manufacturers at the
dawning of this firm.
Today, the “Italdesign formula” also implies a direct dialogue with suppliers
who provide production lines, so that car makers can be supplied with turnkey
In forty years, three demands have remained unchanged: a service company
must simultaneously involve creative and engineering resources, be faster,
and reduce costs.
In 1968, “simultaneous engineering”, “time to market”, and “design to
cost” were still uncoined jargon, but Italdesign had long been implementing
such approaches.
How have things changed? The passion is the same as then, but now it is
backed by forty more years of experience.

Frazer-Nash overview
In the early 20th century, when the car industry was in its infancy, Archibald
Frazer-Nash and Henry Ronald Godfrey, friends from technical college,
formed a company to produce affordable motor vehicles.
They identified a gap in the market for simple and inexpensive vehicles and
created the “GN” car. It took Austin Motors a further 10 years to enter the
same market with their Austin 7.
By 1923, Archie formed the well-known Frazer-Nash sports car company and
created a dynasty of sports cars that still have an internationally recognised
reputation. He was a pioneer in the revolution of the motor vehicle and we
are proud of our place in automotive history.
Inspired by this tradition, Frazer–Nash Research Limited, the flagship
company of the Kamkorp group continues with innovations and
development of electric and hybrid electric powertrain technologies that
are in a class of its own to meet the requirements of more environmentally
friendly alternatives to the conventional automotive drivetrains.
Frazer-Nash has over two decades of research experience and over 4 million
man-hours of research, development and testing of innovative hardware
and software solutions for the future of efficient transportation.
Frazer-Nash has created a unique Plug-in Series Hybrid Technology. The FN
Series Hybrid powered vehicles are re-charged from a propriety on-board
power source, regenerative charging and from the domestic power supply.
They are pure electric cars with an integrated auxiliary power unit. The
majority of hybrid cars produced today are parallel hybrid IC engined cars
with electric assist.
Our Electric Powertrain Core Technology encompasses many unique
proprietary systems. Each powertrain component is specifically designed
and optimised to produce a unique super-efficient powertrain – the only one
of its kind in the world, the only true powertrain system creators, all OEMs
are just system integrators.
Frazer-Nash has created a unique Plug-in Series Hybrid Technology,
Fully Integrated & Optimised Traction Power Systems
Battery Pack
?? Intelligent Lithium Polymer Cells
?? Battery Management System
Battery Charger
DC-DC Converter
Motors and Controllers
Wankel Rotary Engine
Generator Controller
Electronic Management System (EMS)
Fully Integrated & Optimised Powertrain
Proprietary highly efficient brushless, liquid-cooled DC motors
Proprietary liquid-cooled ‘SVM’ motor controllers
Proprietary digital differential control/drive System
Integrated & Multiplexed Control, Telemetry and Instrumentation
The whole system is linked and controlled through our proprietary
multiplexed power system (AMPS) and FN software.
Integrated ECU
Lithium battery and charger management with remote monitoring and
Comprehensive data acquisition, processing and telemetry
High resolution colour multifunction display module (CMFD)
Digital differential control/drive system
Every component of our hybrid system is designed and developed ‘inhouse’.
These proprietary components are a direct result of Frazer-Nash’s
advanced hardware and software inventions and innovations. They all work
in harmony to give efficiency and performance unmatched by any other
vehicle manufacturer today.


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