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Meet the new Detroit Electric SP 01 BBC Top Gear

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Look up: blue thing in the picture is Detroit Electric’s new SP:01 It’s electric. And it looks a familiar, doesn’t it?


That’s it’s based on the rolling of a Lotus Elise; a well-proven that the Detroit-based carmaker is to produce a very fast, agile and very light electric roadster. Hmm. a all-electric sports car?

The recipe might be derivative, but Electric has a history all of its own. The began making electric at the turn of the 20th century, 1907 right up until (ahem), using lead batteries for early electric

And Detroit Electric had some clients too: the wife of President Eisenhower used to own as did Thomas Edison and even Rockefeller. Oh, and Henry Ford who we think knew a bit about — bought his wife a Detroit Electric automobile

Fast forward to 2008, and the of the brand by former Lotus CEO Lam. He says it took DE years of research and development to the SP:01, which will be the DE product built since

So the essentials: it’s a rear-wheel-drive, drop-top with a mid-mounted pack. Weight sits and low at a respectable 1,090kg, and underneath a bonded aluminium Elise The wheelbase is identical to the stock as is the SP:01’s front and rear setup, though the Bilstein and Eibach coil springs been retuned.

There’s also no power either. Bench-pressers rejoice!

Detroit Electric SP:01

The is bespoke, fabricated in carbon by motorsport engineers URT. where the standard Elise’s engine would be is an air-cooled, AC electric motor, made in the USA and by two lithium polymer batteries, all to the rear wheels via a four-speed transmission. We’re told 1st is for up to 30mph, 2nd for 60mph, and 3rd/4th for Power sits at 201bhp, go from 0-62mph in a claimed 3.7 and it will top out at 155mph.

Torque sits at 166lb ft, and is from zero rpm.

are vented 282mm discs all with regenerative braking, behind 16-inch front and rear alloy wheels. there’s leather and carbon along with full integration, including the ability to the climate control remotely,

All this comes at a price, A mighty big one. It’ll go on in America for $135,000 — when converted to UK money VAT equals around £105,000.

Just 999 will be built in Detroit — and will go on in August this year.

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