DETROIT ELECTRIC SP-01: THE RIVAL THAT COMES FROM THE PAST
In 2013 a rival from the past returned to the field to challenge the Tesla Roadster
Today, if we have to think about electric cars, it is normal to turn to Tesla and its volcanic leader, the South African Elon Musk.
Indeed, he was one of the main proponents of the escalation of electric vehicles in recent years, but it is not the first time that has happened.
There was a time, in the early twentieth century, when electric cars were already seen as a viable alternative to vehicles with internal combustion engines and the "Tesla" of the time was the Anderson Electric Car Company in Detroit.
This company, founded in 1907, built over 13,000 specimens of its famous Detroit Electric, the first mass-produced electric car in history, until 1939.
And in 2013 the former Lotus manager Albert Lam decided to resurrect this historic company to produce what was to be the most terrible rival of the Tesla Roadster, namely Detroit Electric SP: 01.
Paradoxically, this car also benefits from both the chassis and the carbon fiber body of the Lotus Elise Mk III and this makes it extremely similar to the car built in the Californian factory in Menlo Park.
The 289 hp electric engine powered by lithium-ion batteries managed by a five-speed manual gearbox, however, offered more advanced performance than the Roadster, as the SP: 01 was able to reach the maximum speed of 249 km / h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds and maximum range of 304 km.
Assembled in the British industrial plant in Leamington, the car is still in production as 999 units have been planned to be sold at a price of $ 135,000.
At the moment, however, there is not the slightest competition with the vehicles of Elon Mask since the latter, in addition to periodically beating us with his megalomania, has managed to send a model of his Roadster to Mars....
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