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May 5 2005 — Silicon big brains think they can Detroit and Tokyo and save the — all while doing 0 to 60 than almost anything on the

SAN FRANCISCO — Ian Wright has a car blows away a Ferrari 360 and a Porsche Carrera GT in drag and whose 0-to-60 acceleration ranks it among the fastest autos in the world. In fact, second only to the French-made Veyron, a 1,000-horsepower, 16-cylinder that hits 60 mph half a faster and goes for $1.25

Ian Wright previously designed and

switches for Digital Equipment and

The key difference? The Bugatti gets miles per gallon. Wright’s It runs off an electric battery.

a 50-year-old entrepreneur from New thinks his electric car, the X1, can be made into a small-production that car fanatics and weekend will happily take for about $100,000 — a ton of batteries included. He has even a startup, called Wrightspeed, to and sell the cars.

But Wright some quixotic loner. part of a growing cluster of startups, and investors, most of based in Silicon Valley, believe they can do what automakers have failed at for Think beyond the golf and deliver an electric vehicle to the mass market.

Indeed, the race for the new consumer EV has begun: Just a year Wright was working for his Woodside Martin Eberhard, co-founder of Motors, a startup that has 70 and a major investment from founder Elon Musk, is building a mass-market rival to the X1. left, believing he had an even idea.

Beyond that, are forming to equip new plug-in that run almost entirely on electric motors. And around the a handful of other exotic EVs are up on the road — including Clooney’s new ride, a $108,000 coupe that’s just 3 wide.

The more that become technology platforms, the the future plays into the of people like Wright and Automakers can’t do this, says. If you drill into the of an electric car, it’s not the it’s the electronics and battery which car companies aren’t at.

Adds Musk, The time is for a new American car company, and the time is for electric vehicles, because of in batteries and electronics. Where’s the set for that? In the Valley, not Detroit.

garage-born heroics are, in respects, long overdue. all, electric cars the gasoline combustion engine. But soon headed for museums, by gas engines.

A mid-1990s wave of cars was short-lived — GM ) spent more than $1 to introduce a short-lived electric — and were soon by Toyota’s hot-selling hybrid Prius.

So how do you build the EV of the future on a budget when GM couldn’t do it more than $1 billion? For you get all the basic parts off the shelf, with a chassis. Wright one he liked in the Ariel Atom, a custom British roadster.

By all the hardware in the X1 is nothing new. The real secret is how Wright it all to keep the car in optimum race whenever you hit the accelerator.

The X1 recently beat a Ferrari 360 at the

Infineon Raceway in northern

Proving grounds

Last Wright towed the X1 to a racetrack Sacramento to see how his prototype would do a Ferrari and a Porsche. On paper, a win guaranteed. But he hadn’t yet run the car full

In the first matchup, the X1 crushed the in an eighth-mile sprint and then in the winning by two car lengths. In the second against the $440,000 Porsche, the two were even after an of a mile. But as the Porsche driver let out the in a final upshift, his tires lost traction.

The X1, blazing in its software-controlled performance mode, the Porsche by half a car length.

It occurred to me that I would says Kim Stuart, the Porsche’s It was like a light switch. He hit the and was gone.

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So what now? isn’t sure himself. 50 or so people have driven the and Wright has just begun to his hat out for potential investors.

With $8 million in funding, he he is convinced he can put a consumer version of the X1 production that meets safety standards, has a 100-mile and recharges in 4.5 hours.

To bring any EV to the of course, will require improved battery technology. But a of startups backed by Valley VCs are that big advances are just the corner. Menlo Park-based Cells claims that its will double the performance of batteries for about half the

Thus, the X1 and the Tesla could be the things to throw the EV race high gear. As battery drop and performance improves, the could come within of a wider audience. And if oil prices climbing, more and more will demand alternatives are punchier than a Prius.

The X1

oil consumption (electricity does not from oil).

Fast, and precise control of torque (no torque converter or gears

Wright is a 50 year old New Zealand who’s electric car the X1 is about to be into a small production that gear heads and seekers will be able to home for about $100,000. has started a company, Wrightspeed. in Valley to custom make and the cars. The key Wright says to successful and keeping cost is his cars ability to use off the shelf for almost all aspects of the X1, even the ton of batteries the car uses.

Last the X1 was taken to a Norther California strip to see how the prototype car would do traditional high performance cars. Wright was confident winning would be a problem on but no real world test had been preformed.

In the first the X1 beat a Ferrari 360 Spyder in an 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile race the later by two car lengths. The second against Germany’s fastest car the Porsche Carrera GT was a little with the X1 only winning by a of car length. The driver of the Porsche Kim said It never occurred to me I would lose. It was like a switch.

He hit the pedal and was gone.

Whats for Wright and the X1? Currently he’s to look for investors and he’s that a production version of the X1 can be that will meet safety standards, has a 100-mile and will recharge in just 4.5 But key to the success of the X1 and for that matter any vehicle is continued improvement of technologies that will higher mileages, quicker times, and better battery

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