2013 Detroit Electric SP:01 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 22 April 2013 , 00:04:16 byAngela

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Detroit Electric SP:01

The world of cars is continuously changing. Super cars become faster and faster, more amazing and most wanted. Competition between brands is more and more tight. Detroit Electric SP:01 is a new high performance electric sports car, that was globally presented at the Shanghai Motor Show this weekend.

A limited edition, two seat pure electric sports car, the Detroit Electric SP:01 sets a new benchmark for performance and handling in the electric vehicle segment. It is named by many the fastest electric vehicle in the world. It is powered by a mid-mounted electric engine outputting 201 bhp (150 kW) and 225 Nm (166 lb-ft) of torque. It owns a carbon fiber body and has a lightweight 37 kWh battery pack which allows the 1,067 kg (2,354 lbs) vehicle to have a range of up to 306 km (190 miles).

Charging the battery is done in about four hours. Its electric motor works together with a 6-speed manual gearbox borrowed from the Lotus Elise except that the final two gears are deactivated. Future clients can also order the car with a 2-speed automatic transmission which was especially created for electric and hybrid vehicles.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 can go from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and can reach a peak speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). The car rides on 175/55 R16 front and 225 45 R17 rear tires. The breaking power is provided by AP front and Brembo back discs. It is equipped with a system called 360 Powerback. And this feature has the capacity of powering the owner's house when necessary by using the stored electric energy in the batteries.

The Detroit Electric SP:01 limited edition consists of 999 units. Up till now, there have been 35 orders. The vehicle will go into production in August 2013 and its starting price will be 135,000 USD. All the electric vehicles produced under this limited edition’s name will have a 3 years or 30,000 miles warranty, which can be extended to a 5 years or 50,000 miles one. The vehicle will be the pure electric excitement, where exclusivity, luxury and advanced technology are something compulsory.