Detroit Electric’s SP:01 takes on Telsa, BMW i8
DETROIT Electric finally made good on its promise to give Tesla and the BMW i8 some serious competition in SP:01.
Billed as the lightest and fastest two-seat pure-electric sports car in the world, the first model last week rolled off the assembly at the UK plant in Leamington Spa.
Detroit Electric’s office in the Netherlands will now market the R1,7 million sportscar to rich drivers looking for something different in Asia and Europe. The two-seater cabin is made from carbon fibre bolted onto an aluminium chassis from a Lotus Elise.
The 0-100 km/h run takes place in less than four seconds with a top speed of 249 km/h. The car’s 210 kW electric motor has a single-speed automatic transmission as standard, with the option of twin-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmissions.
Power comes from what Detroit claims to be the most energy-dense automotive battery pack in the world, offering over 140 Wh/kg, benefitting range while keeping overall vehicle weight low. The battery is built into the chassis as a stressed member, adding stiffness to enhance handling and safety.
Two of the world’s lightest and fastest twoseat pureelectric sports cars being tested in the UK.