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11-23-2011, 01:30 PM #1
The Arcspeed Roadster Lives
Arcspeed, an Australian based kit car company unveiled it’s all new Arcspeed Roadster, which is a fully electric car, just a week after the unveiling of the Brisbane-developed Varley evR450 electric sports! This car’s body, drivetrain, and electronic controls were conceived and constructed in its native land. The company started designing the Arcspeed roadster back in 2006, and was originally built to accommodate a Honda Integra Type R drivetrain but according to Inside Line, “supply issues ended the life of the gasoline-powered roadster before a single production car was built”. Not giving up on their project, Arcspeed co-founders Keith White and Jaron Ware were influenced by the popular “go green” incentive and decided to drop an electric drivetrain into the Arcspeed platform.
The Arcspeed is using the same electric motor as the Varley evR450, which puts out close to 385lb-ft of torque, the company claims that its roadster can go from 0-60mph in under 3.8 seconds. With all of that torque available within seconds, the super low cut bug deflector might be a good idea after all. This electric roadster’s lithium-ion battery pack is mounted to the cockpit floor and the drivetrain layout is rear drive, rear motor, which makes it possible to the keep the cars center of gravity as low as possible. With the standard battery pack, the Roadster offers a range of around 95 miles and customers will have the option to add on an additional battery pack that offers a range of around 186 miles. Arcspeed says the battery pack can then be recharged “overnight” using a 10 amp 240 volt outlet.
The Arcspeed Roadster could be on the market by the end of 2012 and the company says it plans to build both left and right-hand drive versions and anticipates a fair amount of international demand given the performance as well as the price, which is said to be under $100,000.
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