All-electric Aston Martin Rapide due in 2017

Zero-emission grand tourer could produce as much as 1000bhp

Aston Martin has revealed an all-electric version of its Rapide S performance saloon, with promise the concept previews a future production model that could produce as much as 1000bhp. The electric Rapide is to be shown today outside Lancaster House in London, where the Chinese President has overseen the signing of an agreement for ChinaEquity to fund the project.

The unveiled car has been developed in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering, and is said to match the performance of the current fastest V12 engined Rapide – suggesting its all-electric drivetrain produces around 550bhp.

Though this car is to remain a concept, money provided by ChinaEquity will be used to fund an engineering design study for a more potent model, one that could preview a production ready RapideE. It could be built at the marque’s Gaydon headquarters in as little as two years time. While no technical specs have been confirmed, Aston Martin has suggested a total power output of 1000bhp could be possible if each of the RapideE’s wheels are powered by its own electric motor.

This four-motor car would therefore be capable of full torque vectoring, but its performance would remain discreet as the RapideE’s exterior could receive only a few minor detail changes compared with the regular car.

Aston Martin has experimented with future drivetrain technology several times over the past few years – it even completed a full lap of the Nürburgring using a hydrogen powered V8 Vantage race car at the N24 in 2013. But this is the first time it’s confirmed an all-electric production model is in the pipeline.

‘We see luxury electric vehicles as an intrinsic part of our future product portfolio and welcome ChinaEquity into the next phase of study for the project development,’ commented Aston Martin’s CEO Dr Andy Palmer. ‘The exciting RapidE concept tangibly demonstrates the capability and ambition of Aston Martin towards developing low- and zero-emission sports cars.’

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP added: ‘it is a great example of British and Chinese businesses working together to develop links and bring benefits to the UK economy. It also demonstrates how a collaboration between the UK and China can develop the innovative low emission solutions needed to tackle the pressing global issue of air quality.’ 

The project has the full support of the British Government and its GREAT campaign, which is designed to showcase the UK’s technical and engineering prowess to encourage countries like China to do business here. President Xi Jinping is currently in the UK, and the car industry is just one of several key engineering segments to receive financial input from his country.

Video

Recommended

BMW i4 to have more power than the M3 Competition
BMW i4 prototype
BMW

BMW i4 to have more power than the M3 Competition

BMW has revealed more details about its all-electric 4-series Gran Coupe and its 4sec 0-62 time
22 Jan 2021
Mercedes-Benz EQA electric SUV revealed 
Mercedes-Benz EQA front
Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz EQA electric SUV revealed 

The second model in Mercedes-Benz's EQ lineup, the EQA is an all-electric version of the GLA compact SUV
20 Jan 2021
Entry-level rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan revealed
Porsche Taycan rear-wheel drive
Porsche Taycan

Entry-level rear-wheel drive Porsche Taycan revealed

Porsche’s Taycan range continues to grow, with this new £70,690 entry-level model
19 Jan 2021
Mercedes EQS saloon to debut full-width digital dashboard
Mercedes-Benz EQS infotainment
Mercedes

Mercedes EQS saloon to debut full-width digital dashboard

Mercedes has given us a look at its cutting edge infotainment system it'll reveal in its incoming EQS saloon
7 Jan 2021

Most Popular

Lotus Type 131 production confirmed for this year
Type 131 render
Lotus

Lotus Type 131 production confirmed for this year

All-new sports car to rival the iconic Porsche 911 and set the blueprint for Lotus's future models
25 Jan 2021
Naturally aspirated engines – best of the breed from 4-pots to V12s
Naturally aspirated engines - group
Supercars

Naturally aspirated engines – best of the breed from 4-pots to V12s

The naturally aspirated engine is capable of stirring emotions a turbocharged motor can only dream of. We celebrate the best of the breed.
22 Jan 2021
Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS: history, specs and buying guide
Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS buying guide
Ferrari

Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS: history, specs and buying guide

With a little help from a certain private eye, the 308 GTB/GTS would become Ferrari’s best-selling model. Here’s our essential guide
25 Jan 2021