To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we look at cars that are green both inside and out.
It’s St Patrick’s Day, and we can’t think of a better way to acknowledge this than with a selection of cars packing either green credentials, or just sporting a vibrant shade of jade.
America has always been proud of its Irish connections, especially in the northeast where cities like New York and Philadelphia boast strong Gaelic communities. The University of Notre Dame’s famous football team even have a leprechaun as a mascot, and are known as the fighting Irish. So, it should be no surprise that a little Celtic colouring often works its way into American muscle cars.
A modern example of this could be the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. With 707bhp delivered by a formidable, supercharged V8, the name given to this demonic dream’s particular paintwork is ‘Go Green’, which is either simply ironic, or an understatement performance wise.
For something a little more old school, how about the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, available in ‘Lime Green’, as well as with a Hemi V8, and a substantial for its time 425bhp.
The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 came in ‘Gotta Have It Green’, with the perhaps now ubiquitous V8 and 444bhp. As with all muscle cars, the combination of street car price and drag strip performance is almost as eye-catching as the colour.
Heading back across the Atlantic and into the realms of luxury, Bentley’s Apple Green has often been used to showcase their Supersports range. As you may expect from the fastest four-seater in the world, it’s also the most powerful Bentley ever produced. The price tag of around £200,000 means for most of us though, it will always be something of a forbidden fruit.
Ireland itself however, is also home to a new electric car with some impressively green credentials of its own. The Alex Eroadster will be built by Fintos Electric Cars. The project is now in its third year of research and development, and it is expected to hit the road by the end of 2018.
We have good reason to expect good things. Lead Engineer, Mike Keane, was formerly head of engineering for Williams (F1) in the UK, and has headed teams working on electric prototypes for Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Nissan. You’ve also seen his work before, having been involved with the Jaguar C-X75 stunt cars for the James Bond film Spectre, and the Nissan Bladeglider that appeared at the Rio Olympics.
The ultralight two seater Eroadster will be made from carbon fibre and other weight saving composites, as well as being capable of high performance and long range.
Green cars have therefore always been important to the industry, whether as colouration for monster muscle and prestigious performance greats, or as the very definition of where the future lies in automotive engineering.
We’d like to wish all our clients, and especially those in Ireland, a very happy St Patrick’s Day.