Detroit Electric SP:01 – World’s Fastest Pure-Electric Production Car
Detroit Electric has revealed its SP:01, a limited-edition, two-seat electric sports car. Boasting a 155 mph (249 km/h) top speed and able to cover 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.7 seconds, the SP:01 is currently the world’s fastest pure-electric production car.
Revealed at Detroit Electric’s new headquarters in the Fisher Building in downtown Detroit, just 999 examples will be built at a new production facility in Wayne County, Michigan.
Styled by Detroit Electric’s Head of Design, Jerry Chung, the rear-wheel-drive car features a mid-mounted 201 bhp electric motor (delivering 166 lb ft of torque), a purpose-designed battery pack and all-new carbon-fibre bodywork. Total weight is 2,354 lb.
The vehicle is based on a lightweight aluminium platform, and is being launched following a five-year development and road-test programme.
To deliver instantaneous torque for improved acceleration, the SP:01’s powertrain creates an electromagnetic field around the rotor shaft, which then spins at varying speeds to drive the wheels. Drivers can select one of four gear ratios for optimal acceleration, but unlike a manual shift in a conventional car, there is little need to change gear regularly to ensure brisk progress.
With an energy storage capacity of 37 kWh, the battery gives the car a range of almost 190 miles between recharges, when tested to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard. Detroit Electric’s home charging unit will enable drivers to charge their SP:01, with full charge achieved in 4.3 hours. Tested by Detroit Electric for use in the SP:01, the battery technology also has been deployed in other applications, notably in helicopters and submarines.
“The SP:01 will be exclusive, luxurious and technologically advanced,” said Albert Lam, Detroit Electric’s Chairman and Group CEO. “It is a milestone in the history of the Detroit Electric brand, but also a significant development for the international EV sector. The car will allow us to demonstrate to the world our ability to build an exciting and innovative product, one that displays outstanding performance coupled with strong green credentials, and which delivers an exhilarating driving experience.”
Source: Detroit Electric