Based on the Shelby Daytona CSX9000, the new Renovo Coupé can reach 60mph in 3.4 seconds and will go into limited production next year
Darren Moss
18 August 2014

Californian start-up company Renovo Motors showcased its all-American electric sports car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California.

Named the Renovo Coupé, the car is based around a Shelby Daytona CSX9000 body and chassis but features an electric motor producing 493bhp and 1000lb ft of torque. Its makers say the Renovo Coupé can reach 60mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of more than 120mph.

Renovo is using new battery technology to reduce the weight of its new model. The technology involves distributing the weight of the battery pack in three places around the vehicle, creating better weight distribution compared with a conventional layout.

The result is a kerb weight of 1474kg. By comparison, the BMW i8 weighs 1540kg and Tesla’s Model S tips the scales at 2108kg.

Renovo says the Coupé can offer a range of about 100 miles. It can be fully charged from a domestic charging socket in five hours, while a fast charge takes 30 minutes. 

Other features include adjustable dampers, 13-inch brake discs with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston callipers at the rear, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. 

The cabin of the Renovo Coupé has traditional analogue gauges, but also features a digital display.

The Renovo Coupé is due to enter limited production next year. Production numbers have yet to be revealed, but company bosses say it will be “a fraction” of what McLaren and Ferrari have set aside for the P1 and LaFerrari, meaning it will be less than 375. Order books for the model opened at the Pebble Beach event.

Renovo Motors was founded in 2010 by a team based in Silicon Valley. Co-founder and CEO Christopher Heiser said: “Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with electric vehicle technology.

“We have poured our passion and innovation into the Coupé in an effort to deliver a truly amazing driving experience”.

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Our Verdict

Tesla Model S 95D

In theory, this all-electric luxury car looks a hit. So is it in practice?

18 August 2014
A novel approach,turn a classic into an alternative to the hum drum Electric cars currently on sale,trouble, this car will cost close to a six figure sum i imagine,so i guess it'll be a Toy for an owner who can afford the probable price,cynical?,well, yes,i think cars like this should be developed for the masses not the minority.

Peter Cavellini.

289

18 August 2014
who the hell wants a Cobra with no noise....pointless. Its like watching an Aerosmith Gig with the speakers system switched off -very dull!

18 August 2014
Less than 1.5 tonnes, 1000lbf torque and 0>60 in 3.4 seconds. Something doesn't add up, either traction is very poor or, the torque and weight figures are a bit optimistic.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

18 August 2014
Not if it's built in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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