• May 16th 2011 at 11:03AM
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Quentin Wilson, a British motoring expert, recently drove Delta Motorsport's electric E4 Coupe 'round the iconic Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. Quentin walked away impressed, calling the E4 a "cracker" and saying that the electric coupe is proof that "Brits can still design the best cars."

With that said, let's move on to the coupe's specs. Delta Motorsport is a British engineering consultancy born out of competition. Expected to be priced at $115,400, Delta calls the E4 Coupe an ultra-low energy vehicle and with its 190-pound carbon composite chassis, it's lightweight (2,150 pounds), too. The E4 Eco (a sport version will supposedly be built at a later date) features a 32 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and twin Oxford Yasa Motors that crank out up to 553 pounds-feet of torque each. The E4 Eco reportedly hits 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds and tops out at 116 mph. Range is estimated to be a solid 140 miles. As of right now, the E4 is only a prototype and Delta has yet to commit to a launch date for this electric coupe. Hat tip to Paul!

[Source: Mirror]


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      Arun Murali
      • 7 Months Ago
      It was initially said to be 200mile range by Reober Leywin when he did a preview a few weeks back. So this 140 mile could be wrong or there is something I am missing. Anyhow based on the facts shown here, 140 miles with 32 KWh of power is not so great, thats about 4.3 miles per KW, just a small edge over the Leaf's 4.1 miles per KW. That too in a car thats made completely of Carbon Fiber. Looks like there is no Aerodynamic gain at all, over the leaf. Sitting outside the designers shoe i feel that working on Aerodynamics might have added more valuable range to the car than Carbon Fiber. But maybe I am wrong.
      Edge
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's a really cool car! I just checked Yasa's website, and sounds like they have some really awesome electric motor technology, with really high torque output, with a motor that is very small. Here is a nice youtube video on the car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvWduKDj3Tk&feature=player_embedded#at=40
      Rotation
      • 7 Months Ago
      Autoblog just linked to the daily mirror as a "news" source?
        Peter
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        You have to admit its better than linking to the fox "news" rant channel
      electronx16
      • 7 Months Ago
      Assuming the $115K price tag for the 140 miles version presumably is for reworked from the £75K price tag Delta suggests and therefore includes some 20% VAT this would cost have to compete with Tesla's Model S/300 . Good luck with that!
      throwback
      • 7 Months Ago
      "Brits can still design the best cars." Brit writers are nothing if not consistent. They ALWAYS pump up the home team. Didn't help Bristish Leyland however
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 7 Months Ago
      I like a lot about it. not a huge fan of the price though. I like that it seems to have some significant aerodynamics thinking, not perfect but some. but done with all carbon it should really be able to do better than 6.5 seconds. that's just not anywhere near good enough at that price. with a thin shell carbon car and electric drive, you gotta do better than 6.5. hmm, the mirror article says less than 5 seconds. which is it? even below 5 is not good enough with all the extremes like all carbon and the yasa motors. and it's puzzling how it can end up weighing a ton. even if it has 300kg batteries. with some tweeking it could probably be good. like use fiber glass instead of carbon and get rid of whatever is weighing it down so badly. maybe heavy wheels. and reduce the battery pack to go cheaper and more efficient and relay on quick charge. you'll never get enough range anyway.
      erhcanadian
      • 7 Months Ago
      The color and the position of the white lettering on the doors look suspiciously Leaf-like. That cannot be a total coincidence.
        Marcopolo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @erhcanadian
        The colour was originally produced for Alvis and supplied to Jaguar and other British marques during the 1960's. White lettering was a common decal effect of many 1970 UK and European marques.
      • 7 Months Ago
      "The electric coupe is proof that 'Brits can still design the best cars.'" That made me laugh. There is another electric coupe on the market that comes to mind. I do believe it is faster, has better range, and is a tiny bit cheaper however.
        paulwesterberg
        • 7 Months Ago
        To be fair the tesla roadster was based on a lotus design so Brits get a tiny bit of credit even if all their homegrown EV sports cars have fallen short in price+performance+range.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Pound-feet, pounds, miles... I would really appreciate if Autoblog Green would include metric units in the articles.