Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Zest microcar to debut in Geneva
Feb 6th 2006 8:15PM - by Stuart Waterman
Looking for all the world like an animated refugee from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the Zest (above) is actually destined for production. Developed by a French consortium led by ACREA (L'Atelier de Creation Automobile), the little roadster will debut in preproduction form at the Geneva Motor Show.
The car will actually be licensed as a quadricycle, and features a completely symmetrical, molded thermoplastic bodyshell. A hardtop with full windshield is optional.
Motivation comes in the form of a 505 cc, two-cylinder engine, mounted behind the passenger compartment and putting out all of 21 hp. The suspension is MacPherson struts on all four corners, and four-wheel disk brakes handle the stopping duties.
The manufacturer plans a run of 600 units for 2006, and 2,000 in 2007, distributed through a European retail network.