Here is a surprise for the 2017 Geneva show! A full-electric supercar that is headed for production — and hell-bent on beating the Tesla Model S P100D’s acceleration.
Tesla loves to take their jumbo hatchback sedan to dragstrips to make fools out of the hottest gas-powered metal anyone can find. And with its very-annoying Ludacris mode much ballyhooed as a unique Tesla trait.
But what about a real EV supercar that is designed from the start as a speed demon?
Enter the latest project from Touring SuperLeggera and German supercar startup Artega.
They call it the SCALO SuperElletra. The showcar is a preview of a 50-unit production run in early 2019.
AWD via four watercooled motors from VOLTABOX are the building blocks of 60-mph sprints in the low to mid 2 second range.
A 186-mph top speed and 300-plus mile range are promised. The car looks pretty real in the flesh — let’s hope Artega can wipe that smug smile off Tesla’s face when the production models are ready in 24-months!
We hope they make the nose a bit more aggressive by then.
2019 Artega SCALO SuperElletra
TOURING SUPERLEGGERA AND ARTEGA
GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2017
- German high performance manufacturer Artega and Touring proudly announce a collaboration to launch a new all-electric super-sports car.
- Combining the best of both worlds – advanced German engineering and Italian flair. Hi-tech meets traditional craftsmanship.
- The result is a stylish and efficient car with fantastic performance, at the leading edge of the latest technology.
- To be built in a strictly limited series of no more than 50 units.
GENEVA, 7th March 2017
A new motor car is to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 on 7thh March on the Touring Superleggera booth. Artega, the German sports car manufacturer, has commissioned Touring Superleggera with the design of their next all-electric ultimate sports car.
The Artega Scalo Superelletra is the preview of the series version to be delivered from spring 2019 on; the production is strictly limited to 50 units. It is powered by four high power electric motors offering supercar performance and a new driving experience.
Unusually, Scalo Superelletra has three full-sized seats, with a central driving position, offering practicality, space optimisation and the ultimate driving experience.
Artega dictated a demanding briefing. Klaus D. Frers, Artega owner and CEO, states: “The brand name ‘Artega’ comes from the Italian word ‘arte’ for art – the art of sports car manufacturing. Art comes from skill, it is passion and inspiration. These are the fundamental values of the brand. The task was to maintain the core of Artega whilst reaching the next level of both – Artega and the very top of the market segment of super cars”.
Touring Superleggera was chosen as the stylist because of their unique 90+ year history which has produced some of the world’s greatest designs, and recent successful track record with models such as the Disco Volante Coupé and Spyder, Berlinetta Lusso and Mini Superleggera Vision, demonstrating their ability in combining Italian design and craftsmanship with a variety of different themes.
“We are delighted of the opportunity to design a fully electric car. There were a few challenges here, particularly in finding the right proportions for the 3-seater layout. The innovative electric package, however, gives a higher degree of freedom and we tried to take full advantage from it.” – states Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring – “The project grew incredibly fast, with exceptional levels of mutual understanding with Artega”.
In creating the new design, Touring has adhered to Artega’s strict principles. It was important that the car was visually beautiful, with perfect proportions. It also needed to be discreet, understated and unembellished with unnecessary ornamentation.
Obviously a sports car, it also displays its luxurious qualities, without being ostentatious. Clean, simple, minimalistic lines ensure the design is a timeless classic masterpiece, suitable for any event or occasion, but highlighting its exclusivity and showcasing a technical tour de force. In short, it had to be seen as a work of art in accordance with the core values of Artega.
Touring’s new design has maintained Artega’s visual brand identity while recognising the designer’s tradition of creating beauty through simplicity and purity of line.
Subtle design features, such as placing the door in the centre of the car’s profile, provide a balanced shape, which accentuates the car’s elegance. At the same time, other motifs, such as the razor edge wing profiles, the shut line of the door, the angle of the B-pillar and the hot air exhaust outlets for the front brakes, point to the car’s dynamic qualities. Aerodynamic optimisation enhances these dynamics.
Practicality is embodied in the design too, with the door cut-outs in the roof to facilitate an easy access to the three seats, each of which is an individual full size bucket placed parallel to the centreline. Generous headroom is hinted at with the polished detailing strip above the side window.
Artega Scalo Superelletra uses a state-of-the-art carbon fibre monocoque with high tensile tubular steel sub-frames front and rear, in turn reinforced with carbon fibre crossbars.
In-keeping with Touring tradition, the bodywork blends aluminium with CFRP panels (PU is used for bumpers). Carbon fibre is selected for weight for bonnet, hood and doors.
There are four water-cooled synchronised high performance e-machines from the German manufacturer VOLTABOX, those in the rear rated at 400kW with a 500kW peak, and the two front ones rated at 350kW with a peak output of 400kW. They provide a total nominal output of 750kW -1,020HP, with a peak output of 940kW – 1,278HP. With 1,620Nm torque and employing torque vectoring, and on a target kerb weight below 1,850Kg, stellar performance is guaranteed.
Particular attention is paid to eco-friendliness in production. Not only is the manufacturing process CO2-neutral, but the car is fully recyclable, and as much use as possible is made of natural materials.
The all-new Artega Scalo Superelletra addresses the price segment from EUR 500,000 to EUR 1,000,000. Orders can be placed immediately to the manufacturer against down payment of EUR 100,000.
ARTEGA SCALO SUPERELLETRA
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h: 2.7 sec
Maximum speed: 300 km/h, electronically limited
Minimum range: 500 km (NEFZ)
Length: 4600 mm
Wheelbase: 2800 mm
Overhang front/rear: 990/810 mm
Height: 1242 mm
Width: 2040 mm
Vehicle empty weight: below 1850 Kg
VOLTABOX 120kWh Li-ion battery pack, nominal voltage 800 volts
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