New £100,500 electric sports car will be built in the UK and will offer supercar-baiting performance
6 January 2015

Detroit Electric SP:01 electric sports car sales have been put back to 2016.

However, Detroit Electric has vowed that the SP:01 will be "the world's fastest pure-electric production two-seater sports car" when it goes on sale.

The two-seat model, based on the Lotus Elise, was first shown in prototype form at the Shanghai motor show in 2013, and was originally slated for launch in Europe and Asia in late 2014. Production was due to begin at Detroit Electric's facility in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire early in 2015, but this has now been delayed. Following its show debut, Detroit Electric said it received 35 firm orders for the SP:01.

Recent design changes incorporated into the final production version include a new underbody diffuser and rear wing to reduce lift, plus minor changes to the front air intakes to improve airflow.

The SP:01's lithium-ion battery packs, which grant the car a range of around 180 miles, have also been clad in a new protective casing which shields the cells from damage in the event of an accident. Power output from the electric motor is rated at 281bhp, with 166lb ft of torque. A full charge was said to take four hours.

The company says the SP:01 will come with a top speed of 155mph and a 0-60mph sprint time of 3.9sec. Tesla's Model S manages the 0-62mph sprint in 4.2sec, but the recently announced dual-motor version is capable of 0-60mph in just 3.2sec.

Early pricing information suggested a starting cost of around £100,500. Standard specification includes carbon fibre body panels and a manual transmission, tough single-speed and twin-speed automatic transmissions are optional. The SP:01's weight is said to be 1090kg.

Inside, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system features in the place of a traditional instrument cluster, and also handles vehicle functions including satellite navigation and infotainment. Leather sports seats are available, while a range of upgrades allow customers to personalise their cars.

The company has also revealed that plans for a new 2+2 model and saloon are also under consideration. Those models would be engineered and assembled in Detroit, and arrive after the SP:01's launch.

Detroit Electric Company wa soriginally an electric car producer at the beginning of the 20,000 century. It built about 13,000 vehicles. It was revived in 2008 by former CEO of the Lotus Engineering Group, Albert Lam.

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28 October 2014

I know they aren't the same type of car, but I'd rather have a Tesla for that money. Although, if Detroit Electric are trying to copy Tesla, they're doing a better job styling wise, than Tesla's Lotus effort.

28 October 2014
superstevie wrote:

I know they aren't the same type of car, but I'd rather have a Tesla for that money. Although, if Detroit Electric are trying to copy Tesla, they're doing a better job styling wise, than Tesla's Lotus effort.

Doesn't this look more than a little bit like an Elise?

28 October 2014

Yes, but I think this looks better than the Tesla's Roadster, which was Lotus based.

28 October 2014
superstevie wrote:

Yes, but I think this looks better than the Tesla's Roadster, which was Lotus based.

Got it. I wonder if Lotus are involved in this project...if not, then they must be more than a little flattered/annoyed!

28 October 2014

100 grand for an electric Lotus is too much. And if it turns out to be heavier than an Exige then its completely pointless.

ofir

29 October 2014

Otherwise why else would the design be so obviously based on the Elise? Anyone copying the Elise to that extent would get sued under copyright laws. I just hope that the venture raises enough capital for lotus to put it to good use, not just to delay the company's demise.
The biggest problem however is that I can't see a market for what amounts to a £100k electric kit car (especially when you can buy the BMW i8 hybrid for similar money).

29 October 2014

...both companies have used the Elise design(most likely on licence) as the base for their cars. Detroit Electric have benefited from using the recently updated version of the Elise.

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

6 January 2015

When would this ever win the argument for 100K over the alternatives. Only if 100k was nothing to you and you had to own everything is my opinion.

289

6 January 2015

Agreed, this has to be an early April Fools joke? 100k!
By the way Autocar, you still haven't sorted out your website.
Photo's don't open , comments beyond first page cant be read etc.
Get a grip guys!

TS7

6 January 2015

I'll have a fully spec'd Tesla Model S P85D thanks. £100,630 with every box ticked, and a 7-seater to boot.

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