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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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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.

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