World's Fastest Electric Car Design Revealed

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Detroit Electric, an American based Electric Vehicle (EV) company has revealed the design for its upcoming two-seater sports car, the SP:01. The company claims that this will be the fastest electric sports car.

A year ago, they revealed the first prototype and now the company has made several design changes to the car from the time it was showcased.

The scooped up rear, has now been re-worked and the car sports a tapering fastback body. It was designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), to monitor airflow, and to reduce turbulence for better performance and stability.

The car also a spoiler at the rear. The vehicle gets a new under-body diffuser, which is aimed at increasing downforce for better road grip at higher speeds.

The front air inlet and outlet ducts of the SP:01 have been re-designed to improve the cars heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

A protective casing has been added to the car's battery pack to prevent punctures in case of an accident and add to its rigidity.

Detroit Electric claim that the SP:01 can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h). The company also claims 180 miles (288 km) range on a single charge.

The car will be manufactured in the UK and will go on sale in places like Asia, EMEA and North America from early 2015.

About Detroit Electric:

Detroit Electric was a company founded in 1907 and was a leading EV manufacturer. The company went defunct in 1939 after there was more demand for internal combustion engines. The company was revived again in 2008 to produce modern all-electric cars by Detroit Electric Holding Ltd. of the Netherlands.

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 12:46 [IST]
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