The 2011 Delta E-4 is a battery-electric coupe developed by Delta Motorsport, an innovative UK engineering consultancy, whose main focus was on light weight and high-efficiency systems. The company was founded in 2005 and has an incredible experience in the motor sport and mainstream automotive sectors. Development of the car was supported by a grant for research and development by the Regional Development Agency for the East Midlands area, EMDA. This results in a zero to 60 mph acceleration in less than five seconds as well as in a range of 200 miles on a single charge. The coupe was launched at the E-4 Silverstone, where everyone got the chance to drive and discover this latest generation vehicle, which provides a great driving performance.
Simon Dowson, one of the founders of the company, stated that they had become involved with the design of hybrid and electric vehicles for they shared many of the engineering challenges related to motor sport and thus, light weight parts, innovative packaging solutions and aerodynamic efficiency. The integration of all these technologies into a single vehicle allows the E-4 Coupe to boast such a great performance. The car features a reduced aerodynamic drag and an improved handling thanks to the low, sporty seating position with the batteries mounted under the floor. The high-performance direct-drive electric motors produce over 600 Nm of torque and over 120 HP each, weighing only 23 kg. Despite being designed to pass EU crash tests, the carbon composite chassis weighs only 85 kg.
The Delta E-4 Coupe is planned to enter the RAc Future Car Challenge on saturday 5th November 2011, the world's longest-running motoring event.
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