The first Icelandic aluminium car, named Ísar, is now in running order. The car is lighter than other car models and is built almost entirely out of Icelandic aluminium. More units will me manufactured in the near future, as five copies have already been sold along with a high-interest level from a number of parties.
The Ísar car is the first super jeep in Iceland to be registered for driving on public streets. The Ísar team made the car in a Hafnarfjörður garage and are currently applying the final touches to the vehicle.
“We now have a running prototype of the first specially designed aluminium car in Iceland. The cost is only a fraction of what people would think it is. We’ve now gone on a couple of trips, private trips with investors, and it works,” said Ísar director Ari Arnórsson.
The car is 2.5 metres (8.2 feet) wide and 5.7m (18.7ft) long with seating for up to 20 people. The car weighs in at only just under 3 tonnes, however. Interest is high in this kind of vehicle, which is both sturdy and ergonomic. “We’ve had a lot of interest, both domestically and abroad. We’ve had a lot of inquiries from abroad about when the final product will be ready. Hopefully as soon as possible,” said operating manager Guðmundur Höskuldsson.
The Ísar car is specifically designed to have a minimal impact on nature. The first prototype of the car used biogas from local household waste.
Ísar’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/%C3%8Dsar-269834869850761/
Ísar’s website – http://www.isar.is/