2013 Detroit Electric SP:01 based on Lotus review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 8 April 2013 , 10:04:48 byAlina

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Detroit Electric SP:01 based on Lotus

It is no longer just a rumor, Detroit Electric has revealed its first car, the SP:01. The model has as base the Lotus Exige and it is like it is trying to mark the return of the Tesla Roadster. Different sources declare that this is the fastest electric production car as it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and it can also reach a top speed of 155 mph. It is true, the roadster version of Tesla can accelerate just as fast, but it is capable of reaching higher speeds. According to the carmaker, the model gets the rolling chassis from Lotus in the UK and then it covers it with a bespoke carbon fiber body which makes it look good. The differences between the SP:01 and a model based on the Tesla roadster. It has unique styling cues which are real proof that the model is what it is. These elements will help the ones that take a look at it to recognize it immediately.

It has an aluminum chassis and the engine can develop up to 200 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque. This output helps the model achieve really impressive figures. Because it is very light, the new Detroit Electric SP:01 is very easy to handle. This is also because of the fully-independent suspension for all four corners. Both the US-made electric motor and the 37 kWh battery pack are situated where the engine would have gone. You can even see it through its cover, but it is not really clear why, or at least, not yet. To transfer all the output to the wheels, the engineers have provided a 4-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional 5th. When it comes to the maximum range, know that the new SP:01 is capable of achieving 180 miles on a single charge, which is really impressive. As a second optional transmission there is also a 2-speed automatic one. The price was established at $135.000 and according to the manufacturer the production process will begin in August.