Detroit Electric SP:01

Detroit Electric's SP:01 is set to become the world's fastest production electric car with a 155mph top speed

The final exterior design of Detroit Electric’s all-new SP:01 electric sports car has been unveiled as the company prepares for a production run.

The SP:01 is a lightweight electric two-seater sports car, and is set to become the fastest electric production car when it goes on sale in Europe, Asia and North America in 2015. First revealed as a prototype at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the SP:01’s exterior has been subtly revised to further improve its aerodynamic performance.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

The most obvious difference is the striking new fastback configuration, replacing the prototype’s flying buttresses on either side of the rear window, along with a large rear wing and an underbody diffuser, intended to improve the road-holding and ensure rewarding and accessible dynamics.

Jerry Chung, Head of Design at Detroit Electric, said: 'The final design of SP:01 incorporates signature Detroit Electric 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.'

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The changes to the design mean that SP:01 will indeed deliver its promise as the world’s fastest electric vehicle, completing the 0-60mph sprint from standstill in just 3.7sec and reaching an impressive top speed of 155mph. That makes it some five tenths and 25mph quicker than the Tesla Model S we drove recently, though an expected 180 mile range is some 70 miles off the Tesla. The car will be fitted with GRP (Glass Reinforced Polymer) bodywork as standard, with a carbon fibre option also available.

Founded in 1906, Detroit Electric was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, a former Group CEO of Lotus Engineering Group and Executive Director of Lotus Cars of England, with the SP:01 their first crack at a production car. It will be manufactured at their new production facility in Leamington Spa, England.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/aston-martin/dbx-suv/15413/aston-martin-dbx-revealed-to-rival-lamborghini-urus
Aston Martin DBX SUV

Aston Martin DBX revealed to rival Lamborghini Urus

The first ever Aston Martin SUV is finally upon us, boasting a 542bhp AMG-derived V8
20 Nov 2019
Visit/porsche/911-turbo/201791/new-porsche-911-turbo-spied-with-ducktail-spoiler
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo spied with ducktail spoiler

Prototypes spotted testing ahead of 992-generation Turbo’s reveal
22 Nov 2019
Visit/mini/john-cooper-works/22270/2020-mini-jcw-gp-revealed-302bhp-and-bespoke-styling-for-the-hottest
Mini John Cooper Works hatchback

2020 Mini GP JCW revealed

Wider track, dropped suspension, a stripped-out interior, and those wheel spats... The new Mini John Cooper Works GP is finally here
21 Nov 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019