It is going to be difficult to be a wheeled Cyrano de Bergerac when you can't announce your imminent approach with the distant bellow of a tortured V12. One moment she'll be looking wistfully out of the window, next you'll be there with the box of Milk Tray. No tantalising anticipation. No rapid increase in heart rate as rescue is dimly suggested from a distance. Just a slight whining noise. It doesn't bode well for chocs wahey.
On the other hand, this limited-run EP9 from NextEV does sound quite exciting in itself, not least because it delivers a megawatt of power, which works out at over 1300 shaft horsepower. That comes from four independent motors, one on each wheel, so the opportunities for very sophisticated driver aids are enormous. A bit like the front end of a new NSX at both ends.
It's been tested around the 'ring, and here's a picture.
Round and round we go, but at least we're not making a racket.
I'd normally rail against this sort of thing, but I don't mind with supercars because that's what they're for. But I'm not telling you the time, because it's not actually relevant.
What will it be like to lap the Nurburgring in 7mins 5.12secs in an electric car? There's no doubt that you'd be relieved of one of the crucial responsibilities of track driving, which is getting the gear right. But maybe that's just a cultural thing. I don't miss manually adjusting the ignition timing, because I've never had to do it.
Looks good, dunnit?