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A one-time employee at Tesla Motors, engineer Ian Wright took an Ariel Atom roadster and modified it with an all-electric powertrain to create the superfast Wrightspeed X1. The roadster is a prototype only, and the company has no intention to turn it into a production vehicle; rather it’s a proof-of-concept vehicle meant to show off its rather impressive technology—namely found in the powertrain.
- Type: 100% all-electric
- Class: Roadster
- Manufacturer: Wrightspeed Inc
The Manufacturer Says...
“No clutch, no shifting, precise and immediate control of torque in drive and braking, perfect traction control [and] first gear takes you to 112mph.”
The Critics Say...
“Before you finish this sentence the [X1] has topped 100 mph.”—megawattmotoworks.com
What We Like
The powertrain. In 2006 the X1 left other more formidable speedsters like the Ferrari 360 Spyder and Porsche Carrera GT in the dust when it went 0-60 in 3.07 seconds. Were it not for the 16-cylinder, $1.25 million Bugatti Veyron, the X1 would be the fastest car on the planet.
The production plans. In April of 2007 Wrightspeed announced that it intended to make the production version of the X1 a plug-in hybrid.
What We Don’t Like
It’s too early to say; we’ll be back with a review of the production model as soon any information becomes available.
Last word was that Wrightspeed Inc is still seeking investment capital to put the X1 into production. Since they are envisioning an extreme performance vehicle, the average consumer wouldn’t really seem to be included in the plans, but Wrightspeed seems less concerned with direct consumer success as they are with the capability of its technology improving drive systems and efficiency for all electric vehicles—a notion we at FutureCars can appreciate.
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