Detroit Electric SP:01 Prototype Spied Testing

Prior to the official launch of the Detroit Electric SP:01 and the start of production, the electric automaker has released an interesting image of one of its prototypes undergoing final dynamic testing.

While the name of the company may suggest otherwise, production of the Detroit Electric SP:01 won’t take place in Motor City and will instead start in Holland later this year. Further down the road when the company launches new models, including a sedan, it is hoped that they will be built in Detroit.

Based heavily off the current Lotus Elise, the Detroit Electric SP:01 features custom carbon fiber bodywork from Detroit Electric while the fully independent front and rear suspension system and front anti-roll bar have both been maintained from the standard Lotus Elise.

Similarly, the Detroit Electric SP:01 uses the same mid-engined layout as the Lotus Elise except for the fact that the engine bay also supports a large battery back.

Powering the Detroit Electric SP:01 are two 37-kWh lithium-polymer batteries and an AC electric motor which combine to pump out 201hp and 166lb-ft of torque. Consequently, Detroit Electric claims that the SP:01 is the world’s quickest electric car with it capable of hitting 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.


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