Marangoni communicates for the fifth consecutive year its focus on research, the environment and sport through a show car, this time based on the new Range Rover Evoque, which is currently one of the biggest hits on the automobile market.
The result of this style project is called Marangoni Evoque HFI-R, the quintessence of elegance, fashion and sport. Based on a Si4 2.0 turbo petrol engine model, which has been tuned to deliver 300bhp, the HFI (Hybrid Fuel Injection) system can be supplied with hydrogen-natural gas mixes in varying percentages, as well as natural gas only. This gives the car a range of 1,000 km when both tanks are full. The system – developed by Bigas International, a company that for more than 40 years has been focusing on the use of alternative energy sources – features a special pressure reducer, and a control unit that ensures both the safety and reliability that the use of hydrogen requires. The system can thus completely eliminate fine particle emissions and reduce CO2 emissions by the same percentage as the hydrogen contained in the mix, even exceeding 30%. The power kit includes a new modified turbocharger and adopts a larger stainless steel exhaust complete with 200 cell metal catalyst. The engine air intake has also been modified using a specially designed carbon air box.
The bodywork of the car has been completely repainted. The roof and pillars are gloss black, while the main body of the car uses a special paint, called Titanium Fluid Metal. The front bumper has been redesigned, making the bottom centre intake wider. The bottom door mouldings also have a more distinctive design. The aluminium bonnet has been fitted with the air intakes as seen on the coupe versions, while the rear bumper has been completely modified, removing the two evident rear fog lights on the sides and adding a carbon fibre diffuser. Carbon has also been used to make the wheel arches, the air intakes in the wheel wells, the boot handle, all the bottom door guards and the mirror covers. The latter also feature small Italian flags that continue the line of the integrated side indicators.
Complimenting the new design is the car’s stunning interior, provided by the very-Italian fashion brand Conte of Florence, using quality materials such as leather, Alcantara and carbon.
Especially for the Evoque HFI-R, Marangoni has developed “M-Power EvoRed”, a special set of 255/30R20 ruby red coloured tyres. In this experimental version, the compounds used feature a high silica content along with innovative materials that minimise rolling resistance and consequently fuel consumption. The recently introduced Marangoni M-Power range is the result of considerable investments in technology and research that have allowed Marangoni to develop a product with a sporting soul, extremely high performance and progressive handling, designed to ensure maximum driving pleasure and the highest level of safety.