Jump to navigation. If you missed it, you can watch it on iPlayer. In order to get an independent opinion on just how good the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust is, it was then brought to Autocar to undergo our world-famous road test. The results on the intrepid trio's efforts and our review - conducted by our own intrepid tester Steve Sutcliffe - were screened on Sunday night. Now you can read the full six-page verdict in today's Autocar magazine, on sale this and every Wednesday. Performance "We failed to crack 60mph.
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Jump to navigation. In the days before Tesla got into its stride, its aim was to create a decent electric car that people would actually want to buy.
As usual, we give the vehicle star-mark scores out of five for its performance in various areas:. This car, believe it or not, is fully road legal and, apart from its occasionally functional diesel generator, is also virtually emissions-free.
Although the Hammerhead Eagle i Thrust may appear to be an entirely conventional three-box design to which a smaller fourth box is added that serves as a viewing turret for a brave third passenger , beneath its part-aluminium, part-plastic, part-wood exterior it is, in fact, a genuine hybrid. There are so many contributory factors to its technical make-up that it could, in fact, be more accurately described as a freak.
The basic running gear has been kindly donated by an ex-TVR Chimaera, so the platform on which the hybrid powertrain sits should, in theory, be fairly sound.
There are ventilated steel disc brakes and double wishbones at each corner while even the steering rack has a touch of TVR to it. Where the Hammerhead Eagle gets more intriguing technically is with the type, and location, of its numerous power sources. The vast electric milk-float motor sits beneath the bonnet and sends drive directly to the rear wheels, yet the army of 12v batteries that provides the motor with its main power sits precariously, and in various places, within the rear compartment.
In reality, the diesel generator can barely produce enough puff to illuminate one of the indicators, while the plug-in-and-pay socket is just for show.
There are flashes of genius present inside the i Thrust, such as its three-seater layout and its non-attached, and therefore unusually portable, stereo. The view forwards out of the vast, Land Rover-sourced windscreen is also a refreshing discovery in an era of increasingly thick A-pillars.
On the whole, though, the i Thrust is fairly limited in its appeal inside. The dashboard, while clear enough in its fundamental layout, is obviously from a bygone era visually — we believe that it has been stolen straight out of a Fiat Panda. And the driving position is similarly compromised, both by the off-set pedals and the fact that you have to intertwine your left arm through the centre seat in order to grasp the TVR-sourced steering wheel properly.
And the noise. Standing still, and with nothing more than a light breeze caressing its aluminium-wood-plastic body panels, it still recorded 65db — about the same as a BMW 7-series at 70mph. A similar rule applies to electric vehicles over their first few feet of travel, though in the case of i Thrust the effect, it must be noted, is not as startling as in some rivals. That said, when you introduce the accelerator to the end of the foot-well, the Hammerhead does at least move, which in itself could be classed as a result.
Our best two-way average for the mph lunge was 6. In the end it reached 50mph in If the i Thrust could compensate for this with a modicum of in-gear flexibility, its lack of fizz in a straight line would be easier to live with.
But, of course, it only has one gear, so what you see is what you get. The one area in which it did impress, sort of, was under brakes, and this was thanks primarily to its TVR ventilated discs. Having said that, the i Thrust would lock its front tyres up at the merest hint of pressure on the left brake pedal, hence the reason required an incredible To all intents and purposes, the Hammerhead Eagle i Thrust has no ride or handling as such. Instead it just rumbles from one location to the next, its bodywork flapping in the wind as the 2CV tyres try their best — and occasionally fail — to prevent the body panels from rubbing on the floor.
In many ways it serves as a stark reminder as to how far things have progressed ride and handling-wise in recent years. Having said that, there is something strangely likeable about the way it lurches around almost uncontrollably on its suspension.
The steering is, in fact, extremely direct, and although it provides no feel whatsoever through the rim, there is such a massive corresponding reaction from the various detritus mounted in the rear, turn in is actually very crisp once you commit to a direction change.
Perhaps too crisp, truth be told. At one point during testing, the Hammerhead went into a monumental tank-slapper while being driven in a dead straight line. Priceless is perhaps the best way to describe it. As for the day-to-day running costs, it should be pretty reasonable considering the price of electricity, allied to the relative ease and affordability with which parts — such as its shed door-handles — can be replaced.
The main problem with running the i Thrust everyday would be the inconvenience factor, given that its batteries need to be hiked out and recharged every miles, which takes several hours.
Its hybrid system looks good on paper but fails to deliver much in practice, its range and performance are rather pathetic compared with anything else on four wheels, while its styling is unlikely to win fans among those of us blessed with the gift of sight. And remember, a perfectly fit TVR Chimaera went to its grave to bring us this monster.
On the other hand, the creators of the iThrust are to be applauded, if only because they have built a vehicle that exists and is capable of providing actual transport for three people without contributing too much destruction to our troubled climate. As to whether it will help save the world or not, the answer is; probably not.
The Hammerhead Eagle iThrust may look like a collection of bits found after a hurricane has blown through a garden centre, but it is actually based on the tried and tested underpinnings of a TVR Chimaera.
Except that most of the powertrain sits in the back, not at the front, as it does in the TVR. This provides the iThrust with a distinct, some would say unique, rear-engined handling bias, which may or may not be a good thing. Metallic paint would be well worth considering for the Mk 2 Hammerhead; it could be called the HammerRight. Scroll further to see some of the exquisite detailing on this remarkable vehicle. New engine technology aims to restore credibility for TDI power, and the Mk8 Golf benefits handsomely.
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Design and Engineering - 0. A plugin hybrid? Interior - 1 star out of 5 There are flashes of genius present inside the i Thrust, such as its three-seater layout and its non-attached, and therefore unusually portable, stereo. Seating lacks support On the whole, though, the i Thrust is fairly limited in its appeal inside. Dashboard The dashboard, while clear enough in its fundamental layout, is obviously from a bygone era visually — we believe that it has been stolen straight out of a Fiat Panda.
Ergonomics And the driving position is similarly compromised, both by the off-set pedals and the fact that you have to intertwine your left arm through the centre seat in order to grasp the TVR-sourced steering wheel properly.
Speed matters Our best two-way average for the mph lunge was 6. Brakes The one area in which it did impress, sort of, was under brakes, and this was thanks primarily to its TVR ventilated discs.
Ride and handling - 0 stars out of 5 To all intents and purposes, the Hammerhead Eagle i Thrust has no ride or handling as such. Steering The steering is, in fact, extremely direct, and although it provides no feel whatsoever through the rim, there is such a massive corresponding reaction from the various detritus mounted in the rear, turn in is actually very crisp once you commit to a direction change.
Practical points The main problem with running the i Thrust everyday would be the inconvenience factor, given that its batteries need to be hiked out and recharged every miles, which takes several hours. A green car? Under the skin The Hammerhead Eagle iThrust may look like a collection of bits found after a hurricane has blown through a garden centre, but it is actually based on the tried and tested underpinnings of a TVR Chimaera. Tester's note: When does the Clubsport version go on sale? Jobs for the facelift: 1.
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Top Gear electric car - Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust
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Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust
There's a contingent of greens out there fussing and fuming that General Motors with its Chevrolet Volt , Nissan with its Leaf and everyone else in the auto industry is dragging its collective heels getting EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road. Turns out it's not that hard at all, as the boffins at Top Gear can attest. Of course, making it pretty is another story entirely. The, um, car shown here is The Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust. It's a range-extended electric vehicle akin to the Chevrolet Volt or Fisker Karma. Electricity is the only thing driving the wheels, and an diesel generator kicks in to keep the juice flowing as the batteries wind down. Look past that boxy sheet-metal-and-plywood bodywork and you'll find a slew of high-tech goodies.
Top Gear Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust car - official press release
It was built with the intention of making a decent electric car, not just an overpriced car that's about as attractive as a baboon's bottom. The only problem with being the best looking electric car is that it would have to be better looking than the Tesla, which most would argue it is not. The Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust had no problems in the price department but was designed by Jeremy and described by Top Trumps as looking like a 'slow-moving outside lavatory'. Its predecessor was named Geoff.
The Autocar Road Test: Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust
Jump to navigation. BBC Top Gear's Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust was presented to the world in last night's television show, and to co-incide with the car's launch its makers issued a press release. Judging by its length, the team spent longer writing the release than they did building the car, and it's printed below in all its hilarious detail. For a slightly less biased view, you can download Autocar's road test, watch our test on video and see hi-res pictures here. The Eagle i-Thrust is brand a new design, created and built entirely in the UK, and boasts an extraordinary combination of unique styling, sports car handling and an innovative propulsion system that harnesses a familiar battery-based electric powertrain in league with the dependable power of a diesel generator to provide maximum range and efficiency. However, the styling is not driven purely by aesthetics. It is also dictated by the innovative and simple way in which the shell is put together, giving substantial benefits in build efficiency and facilitating easy repairs in the event of damage.