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TAKING ON TESLA: Let’s hope Detroit Electric’s SP:01 retains much of the pre-production version’s styling (inset) when it’s eventually launched.. Image: Detroit Electric

Electric vehicle manufacturer, Detroit Electric, is finalising testing of its SP:01 electric sports car at a facility in Europe ahead of global launch... a date yet to be confirmed.

The two-seat, rear-wheel-drive, open-top sports car promises to "thrill the EV market" with its blistering performance.

IMAGE GALLERY: Detroit Electric SP:01

With a projected top speed of 250km/h, the Detroit Electric SP:01 is being touted as "the world's fastest pure-electric sports car". The two-seater has a range of "300km" between charges, reports the automaker.


The latest version of the SP:01 has seen additional development work since a pre-production version was revealed in 2013. Further details of the car and Detroit Electric’s production and sales plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

Its electric motor is capable of 150kW/225Nm and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It measures 3.8m long x 1.7m wide x 1.1m tall with a wheelbase of 2.3m.

The was initally set to be built at a factory in Detroit but the automaker confirms it will build its SP:01 in the Netherlands. The automaker plans a limited run of only 999 SP:01 units.

According to the automaker, the model will be followed by "a new family of all-electric production cars, including two other high-performance models that will enter production by the end of 2014". - Newspress

Detroit Electric SP:01 full specs

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