Here's why: powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and direct-drive twin sequential axial flux motors that can spit out 500 horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, the Renovo Coupe will be able to go from zero to 60 in under 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of over 120 miles per hour, Renovo says. That's fast enough to beat the Tesla Roadster Sport's 3.7 seconds. Of course, the 3,250-pound Renovo Coupe will also cost a pretty penny more, with the limited production vehicle coming in 2015 for a reported $529,000. It will be on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this weekend.
For your half-million, you not only get the ridiculous performance numbers cited above, but also a zero-emission vehicle that can go 100 miles on a charge and can be refilled at a DC quick charger in a half hour or in five hours at a standard Level 2 charger. Like the Tesla EVs, the Renovo is built in Silicon valley, but the new company uses modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis as its starting point.
Renovo says it has been operating in stealth mode since 2010, on a mission "to build the world's most exciting vehicles." Find out more at Renovo's website and Twitter feed or in the press release below.
– America's First All-Electric Supercar –
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 15, 2014) – Renovo Motors, Inc. today introduced the world to the groundbreaking Renovo Coupe with a production prototype on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance. Founded in 2010 with the mission to build the world's most exciting vehicles, Renovo has operated in stealth mode for over four years as they developed and refined their patent-pending EV technology. The Coupe-the first all-electric American supercar-is the culmination of these efforts.
0-60 in under 3.4 seconds
1000 ft-lbs of direct-drive torque instantly available
Twin sequential axial flux motors producing over 500 horsepower
Incredible throttle response with full power available in just 37 milliseconds
Patent-pending modular lithium ion battery technology
A curb weight of just 3,250 lbs
30 minute quick charge and 5 hour level 2 charge
Genuine, factory modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis
Flexible control system with dynamic in-cabin regen adjustment
Proudly built in Silicon Valley, USA
Entering limited production in 2015
Featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Preview at the Gold Rush Rally to benefit the Taylor Lynn Foundation
"Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with EV technology," said Renovo's CEO Christopher Heiser. "We have poured our passion and innovation into the Coupe in an effort to deliver a truly amazing driving experience, and we're honored to present the Production Prototype of our car at the Concours d'Elegance."
The Coupe sets a benchmark 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds, the fastest of any production rear-wheel drive electric vehicle. The car's massive 1,000 foot-pounds of torque is available immediately from a dead stop and delivers perfectly linear acceleration that is unlike any car on the road today.
The mid-mounted twin sequential axial-flux motors deliver both power and efficiency, with optimized energy mappings for a wide range of driving conditions. When run at full throttle, the motors produce over 500 horsepower. More importantly, the drivetrain ramps to full power in just 37 milliseconds-about ten times faster than the blink of an eye-and further redefines how a performance vehicle can respond to the commands of the driver.
The Coupe offers a new and unique viewpoint on the supercar segment. "Our motivation to design and build our cars is not artificially tied to any particular propulsion technology," notes Jason Stinson, Renovo Motors CTO. "Simply put, we can do things with electric vehicles that can't be replicated by any other platform. Exploring these areas, reducing them to practice, and building them into our products is at the core of what we do best."
The Coupe's incredible performance is made possible by the patent-pending battery technology developed by the Renovo team. Multiple separate battery enclosures enable a performance-oriented weight distribution and minimize chassis volume requirements. The Renovo Motors drivetrain is less than 40% of the total weight of the car, and yet delivers the highest peak power in its class.
The on-road performance is matched by a fast-charge system that can refill the batteries in just 30 minutes and maintains compatibility with a wide range of standard Level 2 charge systems. At the track, the Coupe can be charged between run sessions, offering the first true circuit-ready EV.
The Coupe's sculpted drivetrain is on full display in its genuine, factory-modified CSX9000 chassis supplied by the world-famous Shelby American brand. Completely reimagined by award-winning designer Peter Brock, the CSX9000 delivers the features of a modern supercar while retaining the classic and race-proven aerodynamic silhouette of the original 1964 Le Mans winning car. "This shape was nearly perfect 50 years ago, and physics doesn't change much over time," said Mr. Brock, an early advisor to Renovo Motors. "However, the redesigned car has a totally updated body, frame, suspension, and cabin; it's a new chapter for this chassis. When the Renovo team approached me with the idea of incorporating my work into their designs, I was thrilled. The finished product definitely carries the spirit of the original car strongly into the future."
Every aspect of the Coupe's interior was designed to create a more direct and immediate connection between machine and driver. From the cockpit the driver has access to a wide range of controls and information systems. Classic needle gauges surround a modern circular digital display, and a muscular drive selector enables brake regeneration to be adjusted in real-time-another first for a production electric vehicle.
Each Coupe is built at Renovo Motor's facility in the heart of Silicon Valley, USA. The talented and experienced team of designers, engineers, and technicians at Renovo Motors are proud to share the Coupe Production Prototype with the world and are looking forward to entering the final stages of the car's development program.
Renovo Motors brings the Coupe to limited series production in 2015. Pre-sales will commence at this Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Initial sales are targeted for California and will expand nationwide later this year.
In addition to the Coupe's global debut, Renovo will present an exclusive preview of the car on Saturday, August 16th at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The Renovo Coupe Production Prototype will be featured at the Gold Rush Rally in support of the Taylor Lynn foundation, a charity that provides microGRANTS™ focused on enhancing the lives of children.
Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley Car Company, is driven to create the world's most exciting vehicles. By harnessing the power of the latest electrical, mechanical, and software systems the Renovo team creates cars that redefine the driving experience. Their debut offering, the Renovo Coupe, sets multiple benchmarks in the EV supercar segment and demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is made possible by Renovo's patent-pending technology.