What if you could have a car that made 600-hp, went 0-60mph in less than 3.5 seconds, weighed in at less than 2,000 pounds and got 40 miles per gallon? Why, then you’d have the RMC Scorpion!
This new supercar debuted at this year’s SEMA show to the surprise of many people. The surprise wasn’t the engine performance, but rather, the engine’s consumption. RMC stands for Ronn Motor Company and founder Ronn Maxwell is on a mission to, um, save the supercar.
You see, what Mr. Maxwell has done is implement hydrogen technology to the Acura-derived 3.5 liter V6 (which is twin turbo’d) in an attempt to solve a few annoying little issues associated with supercars. First, they guzzle gas by the buckets. Second, they are quite polluting as their high-performance engines are usually equipped with little exhaust restriction.
So here is the genius of the RMC system. The hydrogen is produced through electrolysis of water using the power generated from the vehicle’s electrical system. Unlike a regular hydrogen vehicle which uses a fuel cell packed under pressure with highly volatile liquid hydrogen, the hydrogen employed in the Scorpion’s Hydrogen Fuel Injection (HFI) system is hydrogen gas, which is then injected directly into the engine’s intake air/fuel mixture.
What this means is you don’t need to go to a hydrogen filling station to get your hydrogen. All you have to do is fill a small tank in the front of the car with a little bit of water and that’s it. This amazing system allows the engine to run at a whole other level of efficiency. In fact, the Scorpion generates between 20% to 40% better gas mileage and reduces CO2 emissions to almost nothing!
On top of all this revolutionary and ground-breaking technology, you get a sweet-looking supercar with devestating performance. Ronn Maxwell designed the exterior himself and it’s safe to say he knows what he is doing because the car has a menacing presence.
Its body is made entirely out of carbon fiber, which is how it manages to have such a low curb weight. RMC is already taking orders for its Scorpion supercar. They go for about $175,000, so they aren’t cheap. But with the innovative technology you’re getting and the performance, it’s quite a bargain. Most modern Ferrari’s start at $250,000 and all they can give you is the performance factor. The RMC on the other hand is the full package. In fact, I think Ronn Maxwell might have just accomplished his goal. RMC has saved the supercar!
Source: Road and Track
Photos: Cris Cantle for Road and Track