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Photos: Acabion--the shape of cars to come?

The Acabion rides on two large wheels and claims to be able to reach 280 mph while using just half its power.
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Acabion

Car designer Acabion, showing at the 76th International Motor Show that kicked off Tuesday in Geneva, says its vehicles are geared for the next generation of individual transportation. The company claims that the cars' light design will allow them to reach an "electronically limited" 280 mph while using just 50 percent of their engine power.

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Acabion side

Acabion says its car can accelerate from 180 mph to 280 mph in 10 seconds--even faster than Formula 1 cars. It also claims that the cars use half the fuel, cruising at 120 mph, than a 2006 high-tech diesel compact car would use.

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Acabion top

The Acabion has a passenger compartment that will fit two adults. Special passenger security shells and additional Formula 1 security technology are combined for safety.

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Acabion outside

The slim design allows a total body weight of about 790 pounds. With its 360 horsepower engine, the Acabion exceeds 1,000 horsepower per ton of vehicle weight, which is where it gets its speed.

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illustration

This illustration shows how the body of an Acabion vehicle resembles the body of a heliocopter. Notice the rear wings on the Acabion.

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