e-Wolf shows off Italian inspired electric car

September 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Shortly after revealing its Lotus Seven like e1 electric sportscar at the Frankfurt Motor Show, e-Wolf has just released images and details of its next model, the e2. Unlike the open-topped e1, the German carmaker’s e2 follow up will feature a shape clearly inspired by any number of supercars from Italy, most noticeably the Lamborghini Reventón and Ferrari Enzo. If you have to copy another car, might as well make it the best.

Currently existing in theory alone the electric supercar will be powered by one 134-horsepower electric motor per wheel for a total of 536 green horsepower and an impressive 1,000 Nm of torque. The run to 100kph is expected to be handled in well under four seconds, though the top speed may be capped at 250 kph.

Energy storage will be taken care of by a lithium ion battery pack composed of 84 flat cells. No details have been released on the pack’s exact capacity, but e-Wolf suggests that range could be as high as 300 kilometers per charge after a recharge of just 30 minutes — to achieve this a extra-strong specialised charger would be required. Production is currently planned for 2011.

Rinspeed E2 – two personalities one Fiat 500

February 27th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Rinspeed E2 fq

Those crazy cats at Rinspeed have just created a dual-mode Fiat 500 Abarth that gets you more power and better fuel economy — just not at the same time. Rinspeed started with the 500 Abarth that has a standard 135 horsepower engine, and they’ve given it a new engine management system that has one mode for the city and one for the highway.

In ‘Commuting’ mode the 500 only has the use of up to 60 hp, which is forty fewer horses than the bog standard petrol 500, but you’ll be rewarded with almost 4L/100km. Press a button on the console to go to “Highway” mode and you get 160 hp, which is the same hp number for the 500 Abarth SS, but it costs you a tad of frugality at 7.1L/100km. There aren’t too many ways to make the popular Fiat 500 better, but Rinspeed may have found one.