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Renovo unveils retro-electric supercar

DPA Pebble Beach | Updated on August 28, 2014

The design harks back to the past but the technology is state-of-the-art: A new electric supercar based on the 1960s Shelby Daytona Coupe from Silicon Valley start—up Renovo promises to deliver breathtaking performance paired with zero emissions.

The prototype EV was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours event in California. The two-seater coupe owes its power to twin motors which generate 500 horsepower. It is enough to send the car bounding from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. With an estimated price tag of around 600,000 dollars, the Renovo competes with the likes of Tesla’s Model S. Both cars appeal to wealthy enthusiasts with a green bent.

Top speed is pegged to double that figure in order to boost the range of the lithium-ion batteries. These need refreshing roughly every 160 km and can be replenished in just 30 minutes using a fast—charge mode.

Designer Peter Brock, told British motoring paper Auto Express that he was keen to retain the slippery, race—winning outline which sits on top of a completely new chassis. “This shape was nearly perfect 50 years ago, and physics doesn’t change much over time,” said Brock.

“Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with EV technology,” said Renovo CEO Christopher Heiser.

Published on August 28, 2014

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