Silicon Valley will now become the hub of electric supercars. After four-and-a-half years of secret development, Renovo Motors unveiled the first all-electric American supercar: the Renovo Coupe.

Based on a modified Shelby SCX9000 Daytona chassis, the electric muscle car rockets from 0-100 km/h in just 3,4 seconds thanks to 1356 Nm torque that is instantly available. With over 500 hp, the car should reach a top speed over 193 km/h (120 mph). Its range has been targeted at 161 kilometres (100 miles).

The Renovo Coupe’s powertrain is displayed proudly under its forward-pivoting hood and can be fast charged in just 30 minutes. The mid-mounted axial flux motors and revolutionary battery system improve handling and agility. Cockpit controls allow the driver to customize the car’s character making its unique personality even more personal.

“Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with EV technology,” said Renovo’s CEO Christopher Heiser. “We have poured our passion and innovation into the Coupe in an effort to deliver a truly amazing driving experience, and we’re honored to present the Production Prototype of our car at the Concours d’Elegance.”

Completely re-imagined by award-winning designer Peter Brock, the CSX9000 delivers the features of a modern supercar while retaining the classic and race-proven aerodynamic silhouette of the original 1964 Le Mans winning car. “This shape was nearly perfect 50 years ago, and physics doesn’t change much over time,” said Brock, an early advisor to Renovo Motors. “However, the redesigned car has a totally updated body, frame, suspension, and cabin; it’s a new chapter for this chassis. When the Renovo team approached me with the idea of incorporating my work into their designs, I was thrilled. The finished product definitely carries the spirit of the original car strongly into the future.”

Renovo Coupe specifications:

Performance
0-100 km/h: 3,4 seconds
Torque: 1,356 Nm (1,000 ft-lbs)
Curb Weight: 1,474 kg (3,250 lbs)
Top Speed: 193+ km/h (120 mph)
Range: 161 kilometres (100 miles)
Charging: 30 minute fast charge; Level 2 charge in 5 hours

Technical
Motors: Twin Sequential Axial Flux
Energy storage: Renovo HVP 740 volt lithium ion battery pack
Transmission: Single gear, direct drive
Suspension: 4-wheel independent with unequal length A-amrs
Dampers: Öhlins TTX36MKII with adjustable height and damping
Springs: Hyperco main and anti-bind tender springs
Front brakes: 6-piston monobloc calipers on 14 inch cross-drilled rotors
Rear brakes: 4-piston monobloc calipers on 13,4 inch cross-drilled rotors
Steering: Electric power steering, quick-ratio rack
Wheels: HRE custom billet 3-piece
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport

Renovo Motors brings the Coupe to limited series production in 2015. Initial sales are targeted for California and will expand nationwide later this year.

It now seems that the Croatian based Rimac Automobili has an American counterpart.

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Tim is co-founder of ElectricAutosport.com and works in international motorsport. He found his passion for sustainable racing by joining world's first competition for hydrogen electric vehicles in 2008. He does not doubt on the possibility of a break through of electric racing. And that deserves a platform to keep up to date and to interact. Tim operates on behalf of Formula Blue Media.

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