The competition seems to be raging wild in the electric car segment. In the recent past, we had seen creations like the Hybrid Technology's LiX-75, tZero by AC propulsion, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG electric drive, or the Daimler Smart Electric Drive which have all managed to gather the fancy of the ecologically conscious wealthy class of buyers. To set the bar of capabilities for the category of electric cars even higher, the Detroit electric SP:01 is set to compete with Tesla Roadster, to become the fastest production electric vehicle currently available. The emission-free car has been fitted with a 150 Kw engine, which can take the traveling speed from 0 to 100 kmph within just 3.7 seconds, and the top speed pegged at 249 kmph. Also, with a single charge, one can cover a distance of 290 kms at a stretch. The SP:01 also carries a limited edition production run of 999 units, with a price tag of $135,000 for each unit.
To speed up a 4-wheeler to such speeds with an electrical engine, isn't short of anything of a total genius. To ensure that the numbers match up, the body of the SP:01 has been crafted out of the same carbon fiber grade seen in F1 racing cars. The major benefit has been the 2,354-lb body weight, making the car agile for its dimensions. However, the framework on which the body chassis has been set, has been crafted with high grade aluminum which gives the necessary stability to the chassis. Also, there has been plenty of work on the new performance tuned suspension, steering, and braking systems, which aide proper handling of the SP:01.
The electric motor fitted in engine of the race car, is come fitted with batteries which take 4.3 hours for a single full recharge. It has a capacity of 37 Kwh, and generates an output power of 201 BHP, enabling to build up a top speed of 249 kmph, and take just 3.7 seconds to travel from 0 to 100 kmph. The innovation which takes the SP:01 to the levels of any racing super car, is the electromagnetic field which builds around the rotor-shaft thus pushing the wheel to travel at various levels of speed. There is the option for drivers to try the varied selection of gearing ratios, which will help them drive optimally under different surfaces and conditions, without having to change gears very frequently.
For those looking for entertainment as you drive along, the SP:01 has been fitted with the unique SAMI (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment) system, which opens up a plethora of functions. That would include music player, satelite navigation, interior lighting adjustments, and vehicle system status which gives out information about battery charge, range, and also recharge status. An additional benefit of a remote control feature, whereby the status can be tracked manually, and even the the driver can be spoken via voice calls. Cupped with selective leather finishes, it provides a perfect luxury sports car package.
With so much of refined technology being used, the car's exteriors have not been compromised upon in terms of design. The contours on the bonnet, with the angular front fenders, the imposing presence of the air intake grills, and the transparent window on the upper end of the bonnet speaks of the designing standards reached by Jerry Chung, who has been the principal designer of the SP:01. At a personal level, we would definitely put this car in all standards with the ones featured in the most expensive electric cars. Also known names like Tom Hanks, George Clooney, and Google's Larry Page could perhaps put the SP:01 on their next car shopping list, taking into count that they are habitual collectors of electric vehicles.