Hyundai Gives Everyone A Latin Lesson

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By Tim Smith

Hyundai have released pictures and *some* details of its new hydrogen fuel-cell car the Intrado.

A photoshopped picture, yesterday.

A photoshopped picture, yesterday.

Now, apart from extending my vocabulary ever so slightly is there any real point in naming cars in this way?

Hyundai claims that the name is taken from the word that describes the underside of an aircrafts wing, indeed they say the whole car ‘draws inspiration from aircraft’.

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A Hyundai in an abandoned building. For some reason.

A small amount of Googling reveals that the word is in fact Latin for the underside of an arch. It may be the term used for the ‘underside of an aircrafts wing – the area that creates lift’ but that came way after latin speaking boys/men were (probably) using it within the context of building stuff or sex boasting stories that seem to work in my head but I can’t express in a cogent sentence here.

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Either way, the most interesting part of the whole project is the hydrogen fuel cell bit. So now it’s now not only Honda who are pouring large amounts of money into this tech that is just about ’round the corner, or just in the corner of your eye. Or something.

They claim the power-train uses a 36kWh Li-ion battery helping to achieve a 600km range.

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A smug looking steering wheel, if ever I saw one.

Also interesting is the ‘central carbon fibre frame’. Shows Hyundai aren’t far behind in that particular game, either.

Expect to see the Intrado at the Geneva Motor Show.

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