Detroit Electric SP:01

Special Cars 8 Apr 2013
Detroit Electric SP:01

Recently revived Detroit Electric has revealed the first images and details on the SP:01 ì, an electric sportscar based on the Lotus Exige set to be built in a limited series.


The development of the SP:01 started in 2008, when the Detroit Electric brand was revived by Albert Lam, former Group CEO of the Lotus Engineering Group and Executive Director of Lotus Cars of England.

Detroit Electric SP-01

The main technical highlights are a carbon-fibre bodywork, a mid-mounted 200bhp electric motor coupled with rear-wheel-drive transmission and a lightweight, purpose-designed battery pack.

Detroit Electric SP-01

The main performance figures are a 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) sprint time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph top speed.

The battery pack has a bi-directional charge and discharge feature made possible through a home charging and power back-up unit, named ‘360-POWERBACK’.

Detroit Electric SP-01

The company has also announced its plans for introducing two additional high-performance EV models in 2014, with a production capacity of 2,500 units/year.

Detroit Electric SP-01

Detroit Electric SP-01 Design SketchesThe interior will feature an advanced infotainment system with a Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment system – ‘SAMI’, which provides access to everything from the music player, satellite navigation and interior lighting to vehicle systems statuses such as battery level and range to recharge.

SAMI even acts as a remote control via GSM – enabling users to locate the vehicle and operate the climate control system.

Detroit Electric SP:01 – Technical Specifications

  • Overall length 3880mm
  • Overall width 1751mm
  • Height 1117mm
  • Wheelbase 2300mm
  • Weight 1070kg
  • Type AC Asynchronous
  • Max power 150 kW
  • Max torque 225 Nm
  • Specific output kw/kg 3
  • Bi-directional capability V2G, V2H, V2V
  • Performance: 0-100 km/h 3.7 secs – Top speed 155mph, 249km/h
  • Tyres: Front 195/50 R16 / Rear 225/45 R17

(Source: Detroit Electric)

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