Announced and first previewed back in Spring 2013, the SP:01 has been updated to further improve the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance, ahead of the start of production at a new facility in the UK later this year.
The most distinctive element of the revised design is the fastback configuration, which replaces the prototype’s flying buttresses on either side of the rear window.
The exterior design has been optimised using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to provide enhanced airflow and reduce turbulence, for maximum performance and stability.
A large sculptural rear wing and an under-body diffuser have been incorporated to reduce lift and improve downforce at higher speeds. The changes to the production vehicle’s aerodynamics are intended to deliver improved on-the-limit road-holding and ensure rewarding and accessible dynamics.
The update also includes a number of aesthetic and functional enhancements, such as the front air intake and outlet ducts on the hood that have been reshaped to optimise airflow to the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system.
The vehicle’s innovative battery packs have been clad in a protective composite casing which forms an integral part of the vehicle’s structure. This improves the SP:01’s torsional rigidity and provides an extremely robust barrier to protect the batteries from punctures in the event of an accident.
Jerry Chung, Head of Design at Detroit Electric, said: “The final design of SP:01 incorporates signature Detroit Electric design DNA, carried over from the prototype model we revealed last year. Coupled with many motorsport visual cues, the new fastback design, bold face and sharp contours evoke the company’s vision of pure electric performance.”
The lightweight, limited-edition SP:01 will go on sale in Asia, Europe and North America, starting in 2015 and is defined as be the world’s fastest production electric sports car, with a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) and a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.
About Detroit Electric
Detroit Electric was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, former Group CEO of the Lotus Engineering Group and Executive Director of Lotus Cars of England, with a vision to produce an electric vehicle that seamlessly integrates refined aesthetics, innovative technology and superior handling and performance.
For more information on Detroit Electric visit www.detroit-electric.com
(Source: Detroit Electric)