Bizzarrini Kjara: the Italian concept car that revolutionized the future of the automobile in 2000

The Bizzarrini Kjara is an Italian concept car that headlined the Turin Motor Show in 2000. 

This prototype sported a barchetta design with a low, sharp front end. Its design pays homage to the famous Bizzarrini 5300 GT of the 1960s with two air intakes and a carbon fibre and composite body. 

But the real surprise lies in its hybrid propulsion system: a 2387 cm3 Fiat diesel engine is combined with a 40 kW electric motor to create all-wheel drive.

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This is the year 2000
The Bizzarrini Kjara is a concept car built by the Italian company Bizzarrini and exhibited in 2000 at the Turin Motor Show. The prototype was characterised by a barchetta-type body, with a low, sharp front end characterised by large dark headlamp clusters with a wrap-around design.
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Design elements
Also at the front are the two small air intakes, a reference to the famous Bizzarrini 5300 GT of the mid-sixties, as well as the P538S used in racing. Along the side, the large finned air intakes stand out, and just above the beltline protrude the small windscreen and the two steel roll-bars. At the rear, the engine bonnet with 15 triangular air intakes for engine cooling can be seen. Also triangular are the rear light clusters with transparent plastic and a black mask.
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Technology and materials
The entire bodyshell was made of carbon fibre and composites, and was attached to a tubular-type chassis, but which also used carbon.
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The diesel engine
The Kjara was fitted with a mid-rear diesel engine. This engine, which acted directly on the rear axle, was the 2387 cm3 five-cylinder already fitted in those years on the Lancia K and other Fiat Group models.
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The electric motor and its functionality
Connected to the front end was a 40 kW electric motor, a motor powered by a series of batteries capable of self-regulating should one of them fail to function. The Kjara can run either with the thrust of the heat engine alone, and thus rear-wheel drive, or with the electric motor alone, and thus front-wheel drive and zero emissions, or with the combined action of the two engines, which makes four-wheel drive possible.
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