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Day one: 730 horses, 12 cylinders and some water

Range Rover Sports, Hyundai i10, Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: check.

30/09/2013 18:38 |  Comments: 

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Sipi is a fairy who hangs above us like a huge, ever-smiling, men’s fragrance-smelling umbrella. He can be called anytime, anywhere to lend a helping hand, and he’ll be there in an hour with one of his Transits for sure. A dangerously maniac car collector (the street in front of his house is full of his vehicles), a radio-control and model car freak, Sipos is a Swiss knife made of human flesh. Totalcar is just one job amongst his zillion occupations, but he endears it the most. Lives with a girlfriend and two dogs.

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  • Mitsubishi Sigma 3.0 24V (1992)
  • Mazda 323 TXL 4WD (1990)
  • 4 long-nose Transits (a 4x4 fire engine, a fire department staff car, an ex-Irish ambulance and an extremely oversized panel van, 1980-1984)
  • Dacia 1300 (1975, being restored)
  • Ford Capri 2.9i (1982)
  • Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 (1972)
  • Ford Sierra Tournier 2.9i drift-car (1992)
  • Mazda 121 4dr (1993)
  • Suzuki VS1400 Intruder (1989)
  • Suzuki GSX 750 New Katana (1984)
  • Kawasaki Z1000 Police (1993)
  • Aprilia Habana (2000)
  • Volga M24 wagon (1984)
  • Ural M62 (1968, in pieces)
Our first day at Tannisby was quite a short one as we arrived at around 2 pm. But by 3 pm we already had the keys of two interesting but incomparable cars in our hands.

The Range Rover Sports 5.0 and the Hyundai i10 1.2 have very few things in common, as the black SUV is a roaring, evil-looking monster threatening everyone with its road presence and the infernal sound of the supercharged engine, while the little Hyundai is a cuddly little mini car that could go four times as far as the Range with the same amount of fuel and fits easily in the tightest parking space.

After testing and taking pictures of both inside and out, we even managed to lay our hands on the third prey, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car. This crossover is said to be the world’s first series production fuel cell car, which means it is not just a prototype or a test mule, but actually available to the public. It uses hydrogen to produce electricity, no fossil fuel is used to propel the car, and it only emits water.

The Range had a V8 engine with 510 PS, the Hyundai’s inline four produced 85PS and the ix35 Fuel Cell had no cylinders but135 PS, so adding it all up, this days balance is 12 cylinders, 730 PS and a few liters of water the ix35 emitted.

This year we have many electric cars and hybrids in the field: the BMW i3, the Mercedes-Benz S 400 hybrid, the Renault ZOE, the Tesla Model S and the Lexus IS300h. Could a car using electricity win this year's Car of the Year award?

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