|Last year, we published a first look article on the Detroit Electric SP:01; the world’s lightest and fastest two-seat pure-electric sports car. Faster than even the likes of Tesla.|
A year later, Detroit Electric is now churning out the roadgoing SP:01 at its production facility in Leamington Spa. The new SP:01 is destined for one of Detroit Electric’s export markets to be delivered to the EV company’s first customer.
The lightweight SP:01, which goes on sale in Asia and Europe over the coming weeks, combines a carbon fiber body with an aluminium chassis. It has a class-leading power to weight ratio and promises blistering acceleration, reaching 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds (60mph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds) and sprinting to an impressive top speed of 249km/h (155mph). Featuring a 285HP / 210kW electric motor, the car is fitted with a single-speed automatic transmission as standard, with the option of twin-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions.
The battery in the SP:01 has been integrated into the chassis as a stressed member, adding stiffness to enhance handling and safety. The battery is the most energy-dense automotive battery pack in the world, offering over 140Wh/kg, benefitting range while keeping overall vehicle weight low.
Every Detroit Electric comes with built-in bi-directional charge and discharge capability. Made possible through the patented Detroit Electric home charging and power back-up unit, named ‘360-Powerback’, the unit turns the vehicle into a power source for both the grid and the home. An advanced Battery Management System (BMS) gathers data about the car’s battery health and on-board telematics communicate it directly to the factory.
The SP:01 comes equipped with an app-based system called ‘SAMI’ (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment), which utilies Android technology and is fully compatible with Android Auto, providing safe access to a host of apps and internet functionality. When away from the SP:01, owners can use SAMI as a remote control unit via GSM, enabling them to locate the vehicle, turn on the climate control system and check the charge status. When in the car, the SAMI-enabled smartphone is installed in the center console and becomes the interface for a wide range of functions, including music player, satellite navigation, regenerative braking adjustment, interior lighting and vehicle systems status; such as the level of battery charge, range to recharge and other telemetry.
Detroit Electric has established distributors throughout Europe and Asia, with additional countries due to join the growing global network over the coming months.
Edited: Detroit Electric