The Acabion GTBO on the Road
The Acabion is hand built. In fact, as of June 2008, only one GTBO exists. It's estimated that the designer has spent $30 million to develop this concept. Because of this, Dr. Maskus keeps the vehicle closely guarded, and to date, no independent tests of the Acabion GTBO have been performed by any outside source. The specifications, specifically the speeds, are based solely on the manufacturer's tests and calculations, taking into account drag coefficient, horsepower and weight.
With a purchase price tag estimated somewhere between $2 and $3 million and a lead time (production time) of around two years, mass production seems unfeasible. But the company insists the vehicle will go into production and will eventually be more affordable to the masses. Acabion plans to offer different trim levels and an electric version as well.
Driving an Acabion GTBO on the street may sound impractical now, but it may eventually become a reality. Clearly our roads aren't designed for a vehicle that can travel at 342 mph (550.4 km/h), so that's one obstacle. Vehicles like the Acabion would require dedicated roadways, underground tunnels or even elevated tracks to allow the jaw-dropping speeds they're capable of achieving. The designer also envisions solar-powered electric versions of the Acabion and autopilot settings that would permit the driver to hand over the driving operations. Perhaps this could eventually become an economical alternative to air travel? Who knows, we may even choose to drive ourselves on those long business trips and vacations? For now, it seems that the high price tag and lack of capable roadways may be the deciding factor in whether we'll see the Acabion GTBO in driveways around the world anytime soon.
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