• Jul 18th 2011 at 2:03PM
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Exagon Motors Furtive e-GT – Click above to watch video after the jump

While many announced electric sports cars get compared to the Tesla Roadster, very few even come close to its performance in terms of range and acceleration. The Furtive e-GT is one of those cars. Put together by race constructor Exagon Engineering, this bit of French sexiness claims acceleration that's slightly quicker to 60 miles an hour than the 3.7-second Tesla benchmark, while boasting a 50-kWh battery that falls just short of the Roadster's 53 kWh pack. A top speed of 155 mph meanwhile, should give the Furtive e-GT the ability to easily place the American machine in its rear-view mirror (both the Roadster and the Roadster Sport are electronically limited to 125 mph).

But enough of numbers. Seat-of-the-pants impressions are just as important, and Exagon recently gave French auto journalists the opportunity to put their derrières into the passenger-side bucket for trips around the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. With Nicolas Prost as their chauffeur, they got to experience the driving dynamics of a development prototype while listening to the sweet sound of the twin rear-mounted Siemens motors in full song.

While we can't translate their all their responses, we can say the general impressions of the 2+2 were quite positive. Hit the jump for a collection of video from the day with lots of on-track footage as well shots of the interior and drivetrain, and join us in a silent mouthing of "oh là là!"

[Source: CarScoop via Tesla Motors Club]











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      alan
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're already preparing their lawsuit against Top Gear.
      paulwesterberg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tesla doesn't have anyting to worry about, you could probably buy 2 or 3 roadsters for the price of this vehicle.
        Peter
        • 4 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Tesla is no longer in the roadster game (its temporarily not making any cars) so the comparison and worrying about competition is not the point. It does make the point that Tesla hit a good price spot in the low production high end sports car. It also begs the question if Tesla made money doing it (I suspect that the answer is an emphatic no)
          throwback
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Tesla has had ONE profitable month to date. Check their quarterly reports and SEC filings.
          Jon
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Peter
          The only reason that they are not profitable is because they invested heavily on the Model S development. And it will pay greatly. They are a business on a fast track. Eventually as they grow they wont need to operate at a loss to develop the next project. Model S will be a lot higher volume = more profit.
      BipDBo
      • 4 Years Ago
      I rarely comment on styling because it's so subjective, but, "Daaaaamn, that's sexy!" There are definately some differences, but it reminds me of the Factory Five 818 contest winner. The last clip shows it flying around the track so quickly it looks like they sped up the film.
        Domenick
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Actually, I'm pretty sure the film is sped up in places on that last video. I think it was meant to be a fun summation of the day.
          BipDBo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Domenick
          Yeah, I think you may be right. I feel slightly tool-ish.
      skierpage
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tesla was profitable in July 2009 producing Roadsters and selling battery packs, http://green.autoblog.com/2009/08/07/tesla-achieves-profitability-in-july-but-for-how-long/ Then they put big money into developing the Model S and expanding their stores, and went back to losing money in pursuit of being a much bigger company. Tesla certainly hit a great price point. Not only are all the boutique sports cars (this, Venturi, Lightning, etc.) more expensive, but so are the still-unavailable electric GTs from Audi and M-B. (And it doesn't "beg the question", it RAISES the question.)
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