Silicon Valley startup Renovo Motors has unveiled a near production-ready prototype of its electric muscle car, the Renovo Coupe, at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
The Coupe, which is constructed on a heavily modified Shelby Daytona CSX9000 chassis and body, promises motoring enthusiasts cutting edge technology enveloped in timeless Shelby bodywork.
Purists need not worry – the CSX9000 is not an original Shelby Daytona, of which only six were built. Instead, the CSX9000 is a currently-produced Shelby-approved replica of its original 1960s CSX2000 car. In other words, the Renovo Coupe is an all-electric upgrade of the Shelby CSX9000, itself a modernised and improved version of the original Shelby Daytona CSX2000.
How much of an upgrade is the electric drivetrain conversion?
Quite a large one, as it turns out. Official figures put the Renovo Coupe’s 0-60mph time at 3.4 seconds, its top speed at over 120mph and its kerb weight at 1474kg. As a result, it’s both lighter and faster than its contemporaries, the all-electric Tesla Model S and hybrid BMW i8.
The Renovo Coupe’s peak output of 493bhp and 1000 lb-ft of torque come via an electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack, which is spread in three areas around the car to optimise weight distribution. As well as the stunning power output, the all-electric drivetrain also gives the car a range of 100 miles between charges.
When it comes to braking, the Coupe is similarly well adorned – stopping power is provided by 13-inch brake discs with front-mounted six-piston callipers and rear-mounted four-piston callipers. Cornering is handled by adjustable dampers and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The revolutionary muscle car is set to showcase Renovo’s patent-pending electric technology, on which the company has been working on since 2010. The Coupe is due to go on sale in extremely limited numbers in 2015 at a price of $529,000.