The Wrightspeed X1 Electric Supercar is completely awesome, even if it’s only a prototype and has no chance of ever moving into production.
The good news however is that they are working on plans for a real production car of which they say:
The X1 production car will be betterÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ much better.
To build it as a prototype, we looked for the best of the best, in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s technology. We chose the AC Propulsion (www.acpropulsion.com) 3-phase AC induction motor and inverter Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the highest power/weight ratio system available; brilliantly engineered, and with about a decade of durability testing to date.
For the chassis, we turned to Ariel, in Somerset. (www.arielmotor.co.uk). Simon Saunders, the designer of the Atom and the founder and CEO of Ariel, has created in our view one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most beautiful cars, as well as the quickest, lightest chassis on the road. To drive it is a revelation.
Here is the Wrightspeed kicking a Ferrari and a Porsche’s ass!
And here it is crushing a Lamborghini Gallardo and then a NASCAR car on a half mile oval:
Here is a guy filming what it’s like to take a ride in it:
- 3-phase AC induction motor, 236hp at the motor shaft
- 182 ft lbs torque at the motor shaft, from 0 rpm to 6,000 rpm
- 13,300 rpm rev limit
- Weight 1,536 lbs
- No clutch, single gear ratio 8.25:1
- Quaife limited slip differential
- Alcon front calipers, 4 piston
- Dymag Magnesium Alloy wheels
- Inboard Bilstein race dampers, Eibach 2-stage springs
- Steering: rack and pinion, 1.5 turns lock-lock
- 25 kWhr Lithium Ion battery pack
- 0-30 mph: 1.35 sec
- 0-60 mph: 3.07 sec in 117 ft
- 0-100 mph: 6.87 sec
- 0-100-0 mph 11.2 sec
- Lateral g: 1.3
- Braking g: 1.2