Delta E-4 Coupe: the electric shooting brake
In 2011, the first electric shooting brake in history was born
Since they were invented, cars powered by electricity have been built in the most disparate versions according to the demands of the automotive market.
Initially they had been conceived as simple small cars for short city journeys, but over time we came to have SUVs, supercars and racing cars all strictly without petrol engines.
The recent success of this type of vehicle has also affected the British company Delta Motorsport based in Silverstone, which is famous for having produced the competition single-seaters supplied for the Grand Prix Masters championship between 2005 and 2007.
In 2011 its founders Simon Dowson and Nick Carpenter decided to diversify the company's activities by developing the first entirely electric-powered shooting brake, which took the name of E-4 Coupè.
Built with the collaboration of KS Composites, the car was equipped with a monocoque carbon fiber frame weighing just 85 kg to improve the performance of the electric motor.
The latter was developed by Yasa Motors with the technical contribution of the students of the University of Oxfor and was able to deliver the power of 120 hp with torque of 600 Nm, allowing acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5 seconds, a maximum speed of 240 km / h and 320 km of autonomy.
The cockpit, like many contemporary electric cars, is extremely minimalist and can accommodate four passengers seated on carbon fiber sports seats coupled with a small foam padding.
Since 2011, several specimens have been sold, but it has not been as successful as the corresponding models built by Tesla or other manufacturers.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation