Detroit Electric just unveiled the production version of the SP:01 electric sports car, which the automaker says will be the fastest pure-electric, two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016. Powered by a 285 horsepower electric motor, the SP:01 will reach 60 mph in a very fast 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph and a driving range of about 180 miles. The company originally debuted the SP:01 as a prototype two years ago and now it’s one step closer to production, which is expected to commence sometime this year.
The SP:01 borrows its chassis from Lotus, just like the original Tesla Roadster, but over the past two years Detroit Electric has continued to tweak its design to differentiate it. The biggest change from the early prototype is the fastback design, which replaces the prototype’s flying buttresses on either side of the rear window. A large sculptural rear wing and under-body diffuser have also been incorporated to reduce lift and improve handling at higher speeds.
Although we’ve seen photos of the exterior of the SP:01 this is the first time that we’ve caught a glimpse of its interior. The simple interior features a 8.4-inch touchscreen that replaces the dials and switches that you would normally see in a car’s interior. The infotainment system uses an open-source Android operating system, which provides access to a wide range of functions, including a music player, climate control, satellite navigation, and vehicle systems status, such as battery charge, V2X (Vehicle-to-Grid and Vehicle-to-Home) and other vehicle telemetry.
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