The latest and greatest cars always create a lot of reader interest. It's a fun subject even if we can't afford to buy the cars described.
Nissan to showcase mouth-watering concept of its sporty EV future in Geneva next month.
– Oh c'mon, this is just another pie-in-the-sky concept...
Probably, if you take into account this actual car you see for the first time on this page. With such wild styling cues, it is virtually impossible that Nissan would make the Esflow exactly as it was conceptualised.
But on the other hand, the Esflow could point to future sports cars with pure electric power. Don't forget that Nissan has already started mass-producing the Leaf EV, which also happened to snatch the coveted Car of the Year award in Europe last year.
And last but not least, EV sports cars have already hit the market (not in Thailand yet). There are the Tesla and Fisker brands from the US, the SLS E-cell from Mercedes-Benz, as well as the soon-to-be-launched e-tron series from Audi.
And just this week, BMW formally announced the production version of the 1-series Coupe' EV that was first showcased as a concept car last year.
– OK ... and how good will the Esflow be on the move?
Nissan says the Esflow uses the same EV principle as the Leaf. But instead of being a front-wheel drive, the Esflow sees two electric motors spinning the rear wheels (drifters rejoice!).
Two electric motors drive the Esflow’s rear wheels.
The Leaf's laminated lithium-ion batteries are lowly placed along the front and rear axles to optimise weight distribution and create a lower centre of gravity. To the Average Joe, this means neat handling and good high-speed grip.
Nissan adds that the Esflow can go from 0-100kph in 5sec and can run on a single charge for 240km. That's not a bad performance and touring range when you consider the BMW's 160km-range and more lethargic 9-sec acceleration time.
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light-hearted – light-hearted intended to be amusing or easily enjoyable rather than too serious สนุกสนาน, เบิกบานใจ, เบาสมอง
mouth-watering – so good that you want to try it, buy it, eat it, etc., immediately กลืนน้ำลาย
EV – electric vehicle, i.e., a vehicle powered by electricity.
pie-in the sky – pie-in the sky an event, product, idea, etc. that somebody talks about that seems very unlikely to happen วาดวิมานกลางอากาศ, หวังสิ่งที่ไม่มีโอกาสจะได้
concept – an idea of something that exist; an idea for something new ความคิด, กรอบความคิด
concept car – the first design of a car made to show a new idea, new styling and new technology, but not a car that is intended to be sold
take into account – to consider; to think carefully about the various factors involved before making a decision or developing an opinion พิจารณา, คิดอย่างละเอียด
wild – very exciting, good or enjoyable ซึ่งกระตือรือร้น
cue – evidence or information that helps to solve or understand a problem สัญญาณ
virtually – almost เกือบจะ
conceptualise – to form an idea of something in your mind สร้างกรอบความคิด, ทำให้มีกรอบความคิดชุดหนึ่ง
mass-produce – producing large amounts or quantities of something for sale ผลิตเป็นจำนวนมาก
snatch – to take or get something quickly คว้า
coveted – wanted very much; that everyone would like to win ที่ใครอยากได้
award – a prize or a sum of money that is given to someone following an official decision รางวัล
last but not least – mentioned last, but not last in importance
hit the market – to become available for sale brand วางขาย
brand – a type of product made by a particular company ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
launch – to start selling a new product or service to the public เริ่มวางขาย
coupé – a car with two doors and usually a sloping back รถเก๋งสองประตู
showcase – to show the best qualities or parts of something แสดงจุดเด่นของสิ่งของหรือคน
principle – a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works ทฤษฎี, ข้อปฏิบัติ, หลักปฏิบัติ
spin – spin to turn round and round quickly; to make something do this หมุน
grip – the ability of something to move over a surface without slipping การยึดเกาะ
drifter – a driver in a motorsport who intentionally over steers, causing loss of grip in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed
rejoice – to feel very happy about something, or to celebrate something in a happy way ดีใจ, ปลื้มใจ, มีความสุข
laminated – covered with thin transparent plastic for protection
optimise – to make something as good as it can be; to use something in the best possible way ทำให้เหมาะที่สุด
weight distribution – the way the total weight is divided or shared between the different parts of a vehicle การกระจายน้ำหนัก
centre of gravity – the point at which all of the weight of an object appears to be focused or centred จุดศูนย์ถ่วง
Average Joe – the average person; the ordinary person คนทั่วไป
neat – simple but clever; good; excellent ง่ายและได้ผล
touring range – the distance a vehicle is able to travel on a tank of gas, a battery charge, etc.
lethargic – lacking energy and not wanting to do anything เฉื่อยชา, เอื่อย, เนือย