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World's fastest pure electric production sports car is shown to the public

A few weeks ago, Detroit Electric started teasing a new electric sports car, and this week it officially pulled the wraps off the car. Interestingly, the vehicle reminds us a lot of the discontinued Tesla Roadster combined with a little bit of Lotus Elise (on which both cars are loosely based).

Detroit Electric is calling the SP:01 the world's fastest pure electric production car, with the limited edition two-seat car promising a top speed of 155 mph. According to Detroit Electric, the 200hp vehicle is able to sprint from a standstill to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.

To help keep weight down, the car uses carbon fiber bodywork and weighs 2,358 pounds. That means that the entire vehicle is approximately the same weight as a Mazda Miata.

Detroit Electric will offer several transmission options with an available four-speed manual (!!!) transmission, an optional five-speed, or a two-speed automatic transmission. The car will use Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers in the rear and AP Racing twin-piston front calipers on the front to slow the car down.

The actively-cooled, 37 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack can charge fully in 4.3 hours at maximum charge rate. Using a standard outlet requires 10.7 hours to charge. The car can interface with a smartphone application allowing the user to see the charge state of the battery and control the air conditioning system.

The car is very expensive starting at $135,000. The standard warranty covers the car for three years or 30,000 miles and an optional battery warranty is available covering the battery pack for two years or 20,000 miles. 

Source: Detroit Electric

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Go home Lotus...
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/4/2013 10:26:36 AM , Rating: 2
You're drunk!

RE: Go home Lotus...
By russki on 4/4/2013 11:23:30 AM , Rating: 2
How are all these companies not getting sued over ripping off lotus cars? That hennessey guy with his supercar, and that squba submersible.. and now this thing.
for 135k you can buy a corvette zr1 or a porsche or a number of many other vehicles that would wipe the race track with this thing...

RE: Go home Lotus...
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/4/2013 11:31:18 AM , Rating: 5
They're not ripping off lotus, they're buying chassis from them.

If you're building a rear engine/motor sportscar, there's really not a lighter chassis to start from that has been crash tested.

RE: Go home Lotus...
By Samus on 4/4/2013 12:46:12 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly...just the same as companies buy Ford 5.0 and 5.4's and GM 5.7's for various cars. Hell, even Lotus uses Toyota engines. Some stuff just doesn't make sense to engineer in-house. Hyundai didn't make their own V6 until the mid-90's (they were all Mitsubishi before that.)

Detroit Electric specializes in electronics. Everything else, including the batteries, are outsourced. I'm sure this will be a fine car, but for 125k I see more people buying a Porsche 911 or BWM M3.

RE: Go home Lotus...
By Spuke on 4/4/2013 4:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
IF anyone buys this, it will be as a 7th car or something like that.

RE: Go home Lotus...
By lelias2k on 4/4/2013 3:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
for 135k you can buy a corvette zr1 or a porsche or a number of many other vehicles that would wipe the race track with this thing...

I think you're missing the point of this vehicle. But don't worry, you're not alone.

RE: Go home Lotus...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/4/2013 3:37:52 PM , Rating: 2
There is no point to this vehicle frankly. It failed before it even started.

But no worries, they'll get enough Government cheese to keep the doors open WAY longer than they should be.

It's just another Lotus Elise
By TheHinac on 4/4/2013 12:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
When are they going to make an electric car that actually matters. Like one that cost 8K-12K. With nothing but the bare necessities. You know a car people will actually be able to afford. WTF come on.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Spuke on 4/4/2013 4:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
Like one that cost 8K-12K.
Someone hasn't been paying attention. You're gonna be lucky to get a GAS engined car for that price in the near future, nevermind an electric one. Currently, the AVERAGE price of a new car is $30,000. Yes, there is I think one new car that starts just under $12k but it's totally stripped. Even still has a 4 speed auto. Hybrids start around $20k and EV's are another $10k. With increasing safety, emissions, and fuel economy regs set to push cars higher, you're not going to see a $12k EV. At least not a brand new one. Yep, I know EV's technically don't have to meet emissions and fuel standards but they're still required to be tested. Not to mention, if people keep buying them at these higher prices, the automakers will assume that we accept these prices and keep them high. IMO EV's will go no lower than $25k.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Mint on 4/5/2013 12:53:17 AM , Rating: 2
The 2013 Nissan Leaf has pretty much the cheapest cost of ownership of any new car. $250/mo for lease + 1000 miles of fuel. They just broke their own sales record in March now that the new model is in full production.

The EV industry needs to be more creative with financing. For example, charge $0.10/mile (equivalent of 40MPG combined and $4/gallon in a new car) and bill the owner. Then they can sell the car for a much lower sticker price.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Manch on 4/5/2013 6:18:07 AM , Rating: 2
Here he goes again about the damn leaf...

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Mint on 4/5/2013 10:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
You have a better suggestion for a guy asking about a cheap EV?

If you have nothing useful to contribute GTFO. You already failed once before and you'll fail again in trying to disprove this statement: Assuming you can live with the range, no other basic car (with features 95% of people want, like power windows/locks and 5 seats - it speaks to your disingenuousness that I have to be explicit about this) has cheaper net costs to its buyer over the first three years than the Leaf.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Manch on 4/8/2013 12:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
I already proved there are lower priced cars out there. You can keep adding caveats all day long but it doesn't change anything. Not only can you find a car just as cheap, and cheaper, you don't have the range issues either.

RE: It's just another Lotus Elise
By Manch on 4/8/2013 1:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
no other basic car

Moving the goal post again are ya? You made your argument in the previous article about the leaf being a secondary car used for commuting!

You're a moron. I hope you get electrocuted by your leaf.

is it just me?
By kattanna on 4/4/2013 11:22:56 AM , Rating: 4
is it just me.. but that car doesnt look sexy.. cant quite put my finger on it.. but um no.. its not appealing looking

RE: is it just me?
By monomer on 4/4/2013 12:18:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it looks kinda odd, like the picture was squished horizontally. Looks a bit like a dune buggy.

RE: is it just me?
By johnsmith9875 on 4/8/2013 2:15:25 PM , Rating: 2
One problem with that particular chassis is that its difficult for most passengers to sit in unless you are rather skinny and not very tall.

With americans being so huge verticially and horizontally, well it could turn out to be a rich wife's car rather than the husbands.

few comments
By slawless on 4/4/2013 12:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on the looks, I think its the grill.

Why do you need a 4 speed manual in an electric?

For $135,000 what would you rather drive. This car, a Gallardo or Porsche GT3?

RE: few comments
By CK804 on 4/4/2013 8:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you need a 4 speed manual in an electric?

Why is a transmission needed at all in this car? It just adds weight and complexity.

RE: few comments
By Kazinji on 4/5/2013 5:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
Some electric cars don't have a transmission for the electric part, electric motor is linked directly to the wheels basically. But there is a limit on speed, usually around highway speeds. But how can this one go 155 mpg? Transmission... even electric motors have limits.

RE: few comments
By johnsmith9875 on 4/8/2013 2:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
A motor can usually go from 0-10,000 RPM with a flat torque curve, so a gearbox isn't necessary. I guess at 155mph the whine can be pretty Formula-One sounding.

The old EV-1 could go 155mph but they put in a speed governor that limited it to 85mph because at its true top speed the tires would explode.

Opel Gt
By Ammohunt on 4/4/2013 11:40:55 AM , Rating: 2
Reminds me of the old Opel GT's probably will end up being as popular as them as well..

RE: Opel Gt
By johnsmith9875 on 4/8/2013 2:10:37 PM , Rating: 2
I had an Opel GT, loved that piece of junk. Broke constantly but it turned heads wherever I went, even in the late 1990s.

what the hell?
By ianweck on 4/5/2013 7:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
Stop building little electric race cars and make me an affordable electric family car already!

RE: what the hell?
By fteoath64 on 4/8/2013 3:03:50 AM , Rating: 2
The problem is that it is no economical to build a family electric car to really compete on price and range with a normal gas car. We are looking at 3X to 5X the price hence, these players are going for the luxury range in order to have a business model. If anyone can come up with a battery pack that can do 60Kwhr weighting in at 150 pounds and costing less than 5K then we can see the economics working out. The electric motors and controls are very much developed enough so it is the battery pack that is lagging way behind in the electric car business.
Also, one needs to be sure that the battery is safe (ie explosion/fire proof or resistant), long lasting for severals hours of usage (like 10 to 12 hours on light loading), fast charging and really lasting for many years (like 5 years or so). The research into batteries have not accelerated in the last decade so it is pretty slow going from here.
The gas engine has not improve s much in efficiency as well. Only diesel engines are very efficient but can do with better improvements and/or ways to dilute the fuel with water/ethanol in order to run cooler.

By SuckRaven on 4/4/2013 10:28:16 AM , Rating: 2
LOL. It's a Tesla Roadster/ Lotus Exige Hybrid.

Mmm...Resilience work...
By Ramstark on 4/4/2013 9:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
Looks a lot like the Stark Resilience model 1 for an Arc Reactor powered car. xD

How about
By johnsmith9875 on 4/8/2013 2:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
A lotus with a tiny 75hp electric motor inside and costing $25,000.
More than enough for me.

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