Have you heard about Azani before?
There’s a very good reason why you probably haven’t.
The story roots back to a phase when we could step out not worrying about catching a deadly disease from someone else. When we could plan a trip anywhere without getting our nasals swabbed and forcefully serving quarantine. Okay, I’ll stop (sob sob). Rewind the clock back to 2015 when a Bengaluru-based start-up called Mean Metal Motors (MMM) demanded attention using nothing more than a couple of striking renders. They called the M-Zero concept a hybrid supercar, with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor in the mix.
Now, however, they’re ready with a final product. Almost. It’s called the Azani. Google it, and the first relevant translation comes from the African-Swahili language. It means Rebellious. And, it isn’t a hybrid but a pure-electric supercar. So, answering the question – you probably haven’t heard about the Azani before because it is brand new.
Let’s talk numbers. Multiple electric motors putting out 1,000hp and 1,000Nm of torque. Courtesy of a super-slippery and lightweight design, it can hit 100kmph from nothing in just over two seconds. Flat out, it’ll sail past 350kmph. Nerd moment: the claimed Coefficient of Drag (Cd) is 0.26. Backing the ferocious powertrain is a 120 kWh battery pack. As per Triple M (they can’t call themselves 3M or MCube for complicated/boring reasons!), the Azani can travel up to 523km on a single charge.
The Azani also has something called a hybrid skateboard. Before you wonder, it’s the car’s chassis – monocoque plus spaceframe. That gives MMM (Triple M sounds weird!) the flexibility to use it in different types of vehicles. Also, the brand aims to work on the concept of ‘Micro Factories’. In essence, it’ll use modular components allowing a 25 per cent reduction in supplier margins. Once set up, it’ll cost four times less to produce vehicles with double margins and a hundred times fewer parts.
At the moment, MMM is accepting bookings for Azani. Alongside, they’re also inviting investors. The first prototype should arrive sometime next year and, if reports are accurate, the target selling price is about USD 120,000. So, what are we feeling?