• Aug 24th 2010 at 12:44PM
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Epic EV Torq – Click above for high-res image gallery

While Epic Electric Vehicles have said they will reveal more about their somewhat eccentric lineup this autumn, they must have felt a little sorry for those of us impatiently waiting because they have dropped a bomb. A big fat juicy photo bomb. While (obviously) lacking in hard numbers, the pics do reveal a certain amount of interesting details about the vehicles.

The Torq images confirm our first impressions – this is a bare bones racy three-wheel roadster that, despite a few rough edges, looks like a whole lot of fun. The power appears to go to the front wheels, limiting concerns about traction, with disc brakes at all four three corners providing stopping ability. The Flux Power battery packs make a line down the center of the car, making a "T" with modules behind the seats.

The interior is spartan, save for two cup holders separated by an iPhone stand. The flat-bottomed Momo racing wheel is devoid of buttons while controls for turn signals and lights are in a module to the drivers left. Of course, having no windshield means no need for wipers or their switches. Speed and other necessary info is located on a small screen straight ahead of the driver. Ironically, the unit in the prototype has a vestigial light to warn if your engine oil is low. Another display is located in the center of the dash that appears to give readings from the battery pack and motor. Hit the jump for more.

[Source: Epic Electric Vehicles]

The Epic EV Amp looks, for the most part, pretty awesome. Its aggressive stance, coupled with four wheel drive capability – it can switch from rear wheel drive to all four at the push of a button – and the torque characteristics of electric drive make it capable of climbing a wall, as we saw demonstrated on video in our original post. The photos also reveal that this off-road machine began its life in China.

Not that that is necessarily bad, as it should help keep the price tag reasonable. Since being shipped here, the Amp has undergone a bit of a makeover. We're pretty sure the suspension has been beefed up considerably with Fox shocks added to cushion the ride, in addition to being fitted with an electric drivetrain, the vehicle also boasts the same Momo wheel as its road-going cousin and has an LCD screen in the driver's line of sight with current speed and other info displayed. Interestingly, it has a shifter and a clutch pedal which likely means it retains the original five forward gears and reverse.

It should be interesting to watch video of the Amp and Torq in action or, better yet, take a spin in them ourselves. Pictures may be worth a thousand words but nothing can replace a buckled-in, hands-on-wheel, right-foot-down experience. If that should happen, you'll be the first to hear about it.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      not a fan of 3 wheels, legislation can be a bitch but better to take the kit route if that's the reason. once you have side by side seats I don't see a lot of good reason for 3 wheels and similarly the wheels should be in the body when it's wide. has to hurt the drag to be that wide.
      if it's lead batteries as it looks then not a fan of that either. nor the windshieldless design, nor the faceted bodyshape.

      it might drive well, who knows.

      I actually looked at the acewell instrument myself but found out that they have an EV version of their product with battery voltage gauge and no oil indicator. nice black instrument and they can even make one without the logo. they customized one for me for something like 48$. that's good service.
      I think they called it the 3802E but unfortunately they don't list it on their website, you have to know it exists..
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The photos also reveal that this off-road machine began its life in China."

      I liked it up to this point........
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the Mustang
      • 5 Years Ago
      Several things seem wrong about the Torq:
      1. FWD is bad for track cars (the front suspension unloads during heavy acceleration reducing front-wheel traction)
      2. The aerodynamics can't be good (no attention seems to have been given to either Coefficient of Drag or downforce)
      3. Where's the fire extinguisher? (standard on any real purpose-built track car and required by SCCA rules)
      4. Why is there carpet in an open air track car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your correct. one tire does unload in cornering and both under acceleration.. but keep in mind it's only 3 wheels. I'd rather have 2 fronts pulling me then 1 rear

        actually I'd be more afraid of the rollover protection. Fire extinguishers are for Cars that have flammable Fuel. rollovers happen to anyone, and more-so anyone with only a tripod.

        you have to remember it's not a "track car" it's more like a grown up motorcycle. I'm not crazy about 3 wheels, but I'll reserve my opinion until I drive one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An electric off-road buggy with a pure standard? Let me go change my shorts right quick...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about the photos reveal that it began its life in China?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are those CTS headlights?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I used to think that 3-wheel designs made a difference, that the
      reduced rolling resistance of one less tire produced significantly
      less drag, and the teardrop shape also helping.

      But example after example has shown that this makes trivial
      contributions to actual vehicle range (if any at all!) using the same
      size battery. Moreover, noone really *wants* a 3 wheel "car". Really,
      the design is purely for getting around US DOT regulations for impact
      tests, because doing so costs significantly less money.

      In other words, any such design can't be considered a viable
      commercial product. The amount of money invested is too small to
      really bring a marketable product to the public at *any* level of
      quality. I even have doubts about the designer's intentions at this
      point, and I suspect it's more about getting investors to pay for
      someone's cushy job.

      The Epic Torq could easily be aptly renamed the Epic Fail. I couldn't imagine a more pointless project.
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