Smart better watch out. Obvio! Automotoveiculos S.A. has selected Lotus engineers to create a pair of compact Brazilian “trybrid” sports cars. Called the 828 and the 012 the cars will run on bio-ethanol, natural gas or gasoline. Obvio! is saying that the cars will be equipped with a 1.6 liter engine that will have 170 horsepower. Lotus will be working on the turbocharged version of the engine that will develop up to 250 horsepower. The company has set the production target for 50,000 units between the two models and hopes to market them worldwide including Europe, US and Japan.
Distribution in North America will be taken care of by ZAP! which is responsible for bringing the Smart car to the US.
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