Click above for a high-res gallery of the Protoscar LAMPO concept
We got our first taste of the Protoscar LAMPO back in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The all-electric sportscar has now had some time to make the rounds in Europe and was recently featured at EVS24. Ivar Kvadsheim was able to spend some time behind the wheel during the show and found that driving the 268 horsepower car "takes away a lot of the magic." That magic is how good the car looks on paper: 325 pound-feet (440 Nm) of torque, 32 kWh of li-ion batteries that provide a range of 120 miles. All this EV goodness is wrapped in white, water-based paint and a car that weighs 3,000 lbs. Sounds good, right?
Well, as Kvadsheim discovered, the LAMPO is really just a rolling EV lab that was kind of thrown together, an experiment "to show what's possible." During the Viking Rally, the LAMPO was only at 60 percent power, and Kvadsheim was told not to push it over 75 mph. There is also a delay between when you hit the pedal until the car responds. In it's defense, Protoscar is not an automaker, they just wanted to show that you can use available technology to make an EV sportscar today. Um, OK.