Hermes

The concept

The Hermes is a 4WD Electric Supercar concept, that could ultimately be motorized by a 3 000 HP+ Powerpack consisting of 2 turboshaft turbines. This concept was envisioned to become the most powerful & fastest production car on the planet in a scaled up version (larger and wider body).

The background

I’ve been flying planes and helicopters since I was 18 and naturally, one of the things you’re exposed to, on an airfield, is light and powerful engines. There are all sorts of powerplant configuration out there to choose from, one of which is the gas turbine, an engine that is very compact in size. One of my friends is currently assembling a PT6 turbine into a Lancair Evolution and while I was visiting him at his shop, we began talking about using a turbine in a car to generate shaft power to the wheels.

How it works

In order to become the most powerful car in the world you need power, lots of it! The most powerful cars today are equipped with 1200 HP engine, so I was thinking about using two turbines on a new car platform that would each be capable of producing over 3 000 HP (I know its a touch too much…) I would mount them side-by-side behind the pilot and passenger. On each drive shaft, I would connect an electric generator to power four, in-wheel motors. This means that the power of each wheel could be modified in real-time based on the car’s dynamic. I would consider using a PT6C turboshaft from Pratt & Whitney, and see if it would be possible to create a variant, which would rotate in opposite directions to compensate for the induced torque. Of course we could opt for a smaller turbine and use only one to make things much simpler (but less impressive too).

Would it be better to remove the electric generators & the in-wheel motors and use a high performance gearbox to power each wheel instead? Maybe, but I would certainly need more expert advice on this since the only car ever produced in this category was the Chrysler Turbine Car back in 1963. Jay Leno might also be able to help also since he financed & built a 650hp turbine car prototype in 2009.

What it’s used for

The goal for the Hermes is to become a scalable bench test that would lead ultimately to the creation of the world’s most powerful and fastest supercar. A turbo shaft engine doesn’t produce any jet thrust, so the car could be driven on regular roads, the exhausted directed upward behind the generators. (The top view image needs some work) If you scale down the proposed powerpack of this concept, a car could be equipped with a single turbine that would burn hydrogen. (The Hydrogen should be produced with Hydro-electricity in Quebec of course). In short, the Hermes supercar could be used to inspire wild concepts and more reasonable ones both using turbines,

The designer

The Hermes images were created by Sebastian Campos Möller, who owns a design studio in Mexico. He has graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sebastian has also created the images for The SurfOut.