Chinese start-up SSC says it will likely be unveiling a brand-new customer-ready electrical sports activities automobile for deliveries later this yr. It’s referred to as the SC-01, and if every little thing the corporate is saying in regards to the automobile is true, it could possibly be essentially the most thrilling driver-focused electrical automobile for the reason that unique Tesla Roadster. The specs sound rattling close to excellent with 429 horsepower on faucet in a automobile weighing nearly 2866 kilos. The producer says the automobile will likely be in regards to the measurement of an Alpine A110 or Audi TT, making it fairly dang small by at this time’s requirements.
The battery within the SSC SC-01 is mounted within the center behind the driving force, the place it ought to be, seemingly giving the automobile fairly nice dynamics much like a mid-engine gasoline sports activities automobile. It’ll be all-wheel drive with a single motor mounted on every axle. With four-wheel traction, and 429 horsepower, the SC-01 is alleged to run the 0-60 dash in simply 3.9 seconds.
SSC hasn’t stated precisely how massive the battery on this automobile goes to be, however it claims to have achieved 310 miles of vary on the NEDC check cycle. That’s a extra beneficiant check than the everyday WLTP cycle, so anticipate actual world vary to be a bit much less.
Perhaps essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of the announcement is the value tag. SSC claims the SC-01 will hit the marketplace for simply ¥300,000, which is about $41,000 at present change charges. In order to hit that worth level, the corporate is constructing the automobile with a particularly fundamental inside missing common infotainment. It’s a back-to-basics form of sports activities automobile with out a lot to distract the driving force from the duty at hand. Unfortunately, the corporate is presently solely centered on the Chinese market with no plans to export the automobile to another international locations. If it helps swing that call, I’ll order one proper now.
The SC-01 is a strange-looking machine, pulling inspiration from many different automakers all through historical past. I see a little bit little bit of Corvette, some Lamborghini, Lancia Stratos [particularly at the back], and possibly even a little bit of Koenigsegg within the design. And all of that design has been shrunk right down to a compact sports activities coupe a measurement smaller than a Toyota 86 or Porsche Cayman. I like it, and can defend it to the demise.