The Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) features a rarity this week, a 600-horsepower muscle car that is as environmental as such things can be. Based on the 1967 Ford XR Falcon, this new concoction, dubbed the ZERO’D, has a carbon footprint that is almost non-existent. Hence the ‘zero’ nomenclature. Australian entrepreneur Mick Fabar, a nationally known green-construction mogul, came up with the idea of making a muscle car out of scrap, and using a mixture of biodiesel as its fuel.
For a fun look at last year’s AIMS, see the action-packed video clip below. The Australian event is now a joint venture between the nation’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. The Melbourne show, before the merger, had been around since 1925, when the event was presented in the historic Royal Exhibition Building. Only in 2009 did the two cities agree to a joint show, taking turns as host. This year is Sydney’s turn, with show dates of Oct. 19 through Oct. 28. Recently, the AIMS has built a reputation as the place to see some of the most exotic vehicles in the world, as well as some of the major automakers’ concept cars. In 1984, the Melbourne Motor Show exhibited what was then the most expensive car on earth, a 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.
After 18 months in design and construction, the ZERO’D made its world debut six months ago at the MotorEx show in Sydney. Now, it will get a fuller airing at the massive AIMS event this week and next.
For more about the car upon which the ZERO’D is based, see the following information page on the XR Ford Falcon, a classic muscle car that is still popular with auto buffs all over the world, but especially in Australia and Asia: