I spent last week at the Autosport International Show, with the team from Kyburz Switzerland and erod UK. It was an enjoyable atmosphere for me, spending four days showcasing a 100% electric sportscar, because of the overwhelmingly positive attitude we felt from the various businesses, media, and attendees towards electric vehicles.
You can read about my impressions of the Swiss-made electric erod here.
Unfortunately I was very busy at the show and therefore was not able to take as much time to look around at what was on display this year, however I did manage to get a look at some of the crucial EVs on my to-do list.
Here are my 3 favourites:
Ariel Atom Hypercar
P40 is the latest electric concept from Ariel and was revealed last year. Production won’t begin until 2020. This beast contains a 42kWh liquid-cooled battery, four motors delivering a total of 880kW, and a turbine range extender. It will be capable of 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds, boast 1180hp and come with a hefty price-tag.
Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Racecar
I first met this dazzling blue beast back at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt and yet it is still hard for me to contain my excitement for this car and racing series.
The road-going version of this car is set to arrive later this year and for my EV-adventuring lifestyle, it is going to be a game-changer in terms of size, performance, and range. I absolutely can’t wait to see what this car is capable of.
The race-spec version is even more of a thrill, as we will see the first teams take to the grid of 20 cars as a support series to the 2018-2019 Formula E series. The car looks fantastic, is going to pack some serious rear-wheel-drive punch, and will see Jaguar carve an exciting pathway in electric motorsports.
You can read my reveal article here as well as the launch of the I-PACE eTrophy here.
Of course, the team also brought along one of the Formula E cars, whilst the racing team themselves were busy in Marrakech over the weekend scoring some well-deserved points!
Xing Miss E
I spent about an hour with a colleague looking for this car with only a vague description of what it looked like without panels. Sadly the car hadn’t actually made it over from Taiwan to the show, but start-up Xing were there showing off their technology (and of course some videos of the car.)
Xing is an electric vehicle powertrain systems company, based in Taiwan. They focus on advanced energy storage and electric drive technology using the development of extreme-performance racecars and supercars as their R&D platform. Cool stuff!
Miss E is the first electric prototype race car to ever be designed, engineered, and built in Taiwan. The car boasts a 350kw electric motor and is powered by Xing’s own patented Battery Systems technology. Cleverly, this blue beast acts as a mobile laboratory for Xing to work on advanced vehicle technology breakthroughs that will help shape the future of mobility.
The chassis is a Carbon steel hybrid structure, weighing in at 1300kg. It is powered by a 33kWh Lithium-ion battery and 450v high power density motor and controller, with an impressive 400hp and 430Nm of torque. It takes 30 minutes to charge at 50kW and has a top speed of around 300km/h.
I find the Miss E captivating because of it’s beauty, power and innovative technology but also because it’s ready to drive and will be doing some events this year, rather than just exist as a concept or marketing stunt. An all too familiar complaint for EV enthusiasts at the moment.
The launch of the car will happen in a few months time and I hope to be there in order to cover the event, as this is definitely a vehicle to watch in the world of motorsport.