The Omega Car could be a game-changer.
When a car company is birthed, it usually has some goals. For Tesla, those goals included being fully-electric and looking good. those two things are not too difficult to achieve these days, but what if your goals are on completely opposite ends of the scale? Let's say you want your new creation to achieve 100 mpg AND out-accelerate your 1997 Dodge Viper GTS? The Viper was capable of 0-60 mph in just four seconds, and although the last Viper was quicker than that, it was also thirsty.
Nevertheless, Casey Putsch, the owner of Genius Garage, wants his Omega Car to be quicker than the '97 Viper while returning Volkswagen XL1-rivaling economy.
The association with Volkswagen goes beyond trying to equal the feats of the XL1, which could famously do 313 mpg. Even though Putsch's goals are more conservative, they're still highly, highly, ambitious, especially when you consider that the Omega Car features a Beetle-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-pot. Speaking of ambitious goals, Putsch wants more than just an economical car.
The man has said that he wants the manufacturing process to make as little an impact on the environment as possible. This means using experimental materials that may well be costly to work with. Still, for someone who calls himself a modern-day "renaissance man", that shouldn't be impossible to achieve.
While cars like the Porsche Taycan Turbo S have opened our eyes to the symbiosis that performance and impressive economy can achieve, Putsch's goals still seem very difficult to achieve. Then again, when the car itself looks like nothing else on the road and is almost guaranteed to be incredibly efficient at cutting through the air.
That means it doesn't seem to have much interior space, but we don't yet know if the end goal of this is a production run or if Putsch simply wants to push boundaries (no pun intended) for the sake of pushing them. Whatever the outcome, the prospects are exciting and we hope this project is successful.