Elec­tri­fy­ing su­per­cars

All-elec­tric su­per­cars are all the rage at to­day’s Geneva Mo­tor­show in Switzer­land

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - ALWYN VILJOEN

SWISS com­pany Clas­sic Cars is back, this time with the Elex­tra and the com­pany is call­ing on in­vestors “to come for­ward for open op­por­tu­ni­ties”, mean­ing car deal­ers who think they can sell what looks to be a R4 mil­lion car should con­tact them.

The Elex­tra is one of more than 10 celec­tric su­per­cars at the Geneva Mo­tor­show that starts in Switzer­land to­day.

Clas­sic Cars said in a state­ment they have com­bined in a team the high­est level of en­gi­neer­ing and crafts­man­ship available to cre­ate “a unique elec­tric su­per­car with four seats, four doors, four-wheel drive, and ca­pa­ble of ex­e­cut­ing the 0-100 km/h sprint in less than 2,3 sec­onds”.

This is a blink faster than the Tesla Model S P100D ver­sion, which does 0-to-60-m/h time in 2,5 sec­onds in nor­mal mode, and in 2,4 in “Lu­di­crous Plus” mode.

Swiss de­signer Robert Palm, who first fea­tured in Wheels with his Ly­on­heart K in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Jaguar E-Type in 2013, and Danish en­tre­pre­neur Poul Sohl said the Elex­tra is based upon the best elec­tric ve­hi­cle platform in the world and re­de­fines the su­per­car.

The same claim is made in one form or the other by all the other elec­tric su­per­car builders cur­rently “muscling their flex” in fac­to­ries around the world.

This in­clude the Chi­nese elec­tric car startup Nex­tEV, who claim their Nio EP9 su­per­car, which was un­veiled late Novem­ber last year in Lon­don, to be the fastest elec­tric su­per car in the world. Ac­cord­ing to Nex­tEV, the EP9 goes from zero to 200 km/h in 7,1 sec­onds and tops out at 313 km/h.

They also claim their elec­tric ve­hi­cle can be fully charged in 45 min­utes and has a range of 427 kilo­me­tres.

It fea­tures an in­ter­change­able bat­tery sys­tem, which al­lows driv­ers to swap out the empty cells in eight min­utes.

Palm did not yet re­veal any de­tails to com­pare the Elex­tra to the EP9, but the num­bers will have to be close to in­ter­est in­vestors in rare cars.

For as was the case with the Ly­on­heart K, the Elex­tra is squarely aimed at the col­lec­tor, with only 100 to be hand-built near Stuttgart in Ger­many.

Palm says: “The idea be­hind Elex­tra is to com­bine pure lines re­mind­ing of the most ex­cit­ing Ital­ian su­per cars of the past, while be­ing res­o­lutely for­ward look­ing thanks to its low, sleek and beau­ti­ful de­sign, paired with to­day’s most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.”

PHOTO: BENT­LEY

The Bent­ley EXP 12 Speed 6e is an all-elec­tric pre­view of the di­rec­tion the Bri­tish brand wants to go in the fu­ture.

PHOTO: VANDA

The Vanda Den­dro­bium is de­signed by Sin­ga­pore-based Vanda Elec­tron­ics, who claims 321 km/h for the Bri­tish-built elec­tric su­per­car, which will start at R4 mil­lion.

PHOTO: NEX­TEV

Nex­tEV’s Nio EP9 from China in 2016 set high stan­dards for elec­tric su­per­cars to fol­low, and many will be launch­ing their ef­forts at the Geneva Mo­tor­show to­day.

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