Top Gear's New Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust, Rival to the Volt

TG Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust

In brief: The guys at Top Gear (a British automotive show) decided to design and build a rival for the Chevrolet Volt and thus the Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust was born.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust
Manufacturer: Top Gear

The word

TG Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust

This beauty took 18 hours to build, throwing pie in the face of automakers like General Motors who claim it takes years to develop and build an electric vehicle.

Notice I didn't say "quality" electric vehicle.

Show hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond were given the challenge to build a Volt-like vehicle. Using a TVR Chimaera as their base vehicle, the team added a diesel-electric generator, a bank of batteries, some lawn chairs (bolted to the floor), and a "turret" for an extra passenger to sit in.

Since all of the batteries and engine are in the back, the newly-formed Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust has a distinctive "muscle car" stance.

Obviously, quality workmanship abounds in this powerful plug-in hybrid.

TG HEiT batteries and engine

And so ...

You can see hilarious video, interesting commentary, and more from the Top Gear boys at Auto Car.

Photo credits: Auto Car

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