Detroit Elec­tric’s SP:01 takes on Telsa, BMW i8

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Two of the world’s light­est and fastest twoseat pure­elec­tric sports cars be­ing tested in the UK.

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