PHOTO CAPTION: Imran Othman design studies for diesel-hybrid sports car.

Diesel Hybrid Inspired By Film Star

Imran Othman concept takes it design cues from 'Fast and Furious' star Vin Diesel.

Published: 01-Jan-2010

Imagine growing up a gearhead in a country where gasoline is taxed prohibitively, cars are taxed up to $70,000 on the displacement of their engines and speeding is strictly punished with license suspension.

Then, imagine watching Vin Diesel play badass street racer Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious .

That’s what happened to designer Imran Othman. A mild-mannered design engineer in Singapore by day, Othman used his CGI skills to create a concept car with all the torque and efficiency of a hybrid engine that runs on diesel, and all the tough-guy swagger of Vin Diesel.


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