Be­low — the petrol-head’s friend. Yes, it will be elec­tric. Yes, it has only three wheels. But the 600 kW hub mo­tor in the fat rear tyre will leave even a Nis­san GT-R stand­ing and the roll cage makes it safer than any of to­day’s fam­ily sedans.

The su­per-light de­sign and hi-tech fea­tures record sev­eral firsts for this elec­tric car

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEELS is on record for pre­dict­ing that our chil­dren’s chil­dren who want to own a car will or­der a be­spoke set of wheels from their favourite bou­tique ve­hi­cle fac­tory — and to this vi­sion we want to add these fu­ture cars may look a lot like this Va­lene Black Mamba.

Re­leased by Silex Power, the Black Mamba is a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, su­per-light, unique sports car aimed at speed- and fun-lov­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

Silex Power al­ready prac­tises what Wheels pre­dicted will be the de­sign pricess of fu­ture per­sonal transport: • start with a roll cage; • add seats and seat belts; • chose a hub mo­tor; and • clad as per client wishes.

Safety

On its web­site, Va­lene Mo­tors says that driver and pas­sen­ger safety were a pri­or­ity dur­ing the de­sign and development of the ve­hi­cle. The ve­hi­cle is built us­ing strong seam­less steel tub­ing, pro­vid­ing a ro­bust pro­tec­tive shell sur­round­ing the oc­cu­pants. The unique seat­ing po­si­tion places the driver and pas­sen­ger’s legs well be­hind the front axle, re­duc­ing the chance of in­jury in a frontal col­li­sion.

The de­sign also de­liv­ers a very low cen­tre of grav­ity, in­creas­ing the car’s sta­bil­ity. Roll bars in­stalled be­hind the head­rests re­duce the chance of in­jury in the highly im­prob­a­ble even­tu­al­ity of a rollover. Us­ing com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als with high elas­tic and mem­ory prop­er­ties, the body of the ve­hi­cle can sus­tain low speed im­pacts with­out any sig­nif­i­cant dam­age, and at the same time, the chances of shards and frag­ments in­jur­ing the oc­cu­pants dur­ing a high-speed im­pact is re­duced dras­ti­cally.

A choice of power

The Va­lene Black Mamba will be avail­able with a range of op­tions, start­ing from the entry level 107 bhp (80 kW) to the in­sane 807 bhp (600 kW) flag­ship. The 107 bhp ver­sion can ac­cel­er­ate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4,2 sec­onds, thanks to its light­weight con­struc­tion. We won’t tell you the ac­cel­er­a­tion time of the 810 bhp ver­sion, but you can eas­ily ex­trap­o­late its ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance. With a choice of bat­tery packs from 15 kWh, 30 kWh and 50 kWh for­mats, the Black Mamba can achieve up to 500 km au­ton­omy.

Cladding and in­te­rior

Thanks to its stream­lined sleek de­sign, the Va­lene Black Mamba of­fers min­i­mal air re­sis­tance, low up­lift and high down-force at high speeds. This de­liv­ers bet­ter road­hold­ing un­der high-per­for­mance driv­ing con­di­tions for which the car is de­signed. The aero­dy­nam­ics of the ve­hi­cle also al­low pas­sive cool­ing of the bat­tery pack and elec­tric mo­tor via the vent at the top of the ve­hi­cle, which di­rectly cool the bat­tery/elec­tron­ics com­part­ment. No fans are nec­es­sary dur­ing op­er­a­tion, thus sub­stan­tially in­creas­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity of the ve­hi­cle.

It is equipped with an AC/DC on­board charger and is com­pat­i­ble with Combo 2 DC charg­ers. The Va­lene Black Mamba will also be the first ve­hi­cle to sup­port Hyper­Charg­ing Tech­nol­ogy — go­ing from flat to fully charged in less than five min­utes — on all bat­tery pack sizes! • It is all about the fast and fu­ri­ous ei­ther. The Va­lene Black Mamba will also be one of the first pro­duc­tion cars to of­fer the Clar­ion Full Dig­i­tal Sound Sys­tem as an op­tion. Full dig­i­tal sig­nal trans­fer from a dig­i­tal source en­ables di­rect in­put of high-res­o­lu­tion audio sources to the speak­ers with­out wor­ry­ing about sound de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. High-qual­ity full dig­i­tal sound is re­pro­duced with pu­rity that’s true to the orig­i­nal.

High-ef­fi­ciency con­ver­sion from dig­i­tal sig­nals into sound makes the sys­tem ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing four times the high power out­put of con­ven­tional full-dig­i­tal sys­tems, while achiev­ing low power con­sump­tion that’s only about one fifth that of ana­logue sys­tems.

The oc­cu­pants will ex­pe­ri­ence ex­cep­tional sound qual­ity while pre­serv­ing the en­ergy stored in the bat­ter­ies.

Silex Power hopes to man­u­fac­ture and dis­trib­ute from 2017. Prices are ex­pected to start at €35 000 (R529 958). • Silex is also look­ing for in­ter­na­tional dis­trib­u­tors. In­ter­ested par­ties can con­tact it us­ing the rel­e­vant form on www.valen­emo­tors.com

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