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Electric Power For P1 Sportscar - Web Exclusive

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Jan 29, 2009
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Former McLaren designer, Jim Dowle (JJAD) first announced details of his eye-catching P1 sportscar in February 2008. The response was positive and progress has been both rapid and dramatic - in particular, a switch to electric power means the P1-E is destined to be one of the world's first purpose-built electric sportscars after cars like the Tesla.

With acceleration claimed to be 0-60mph in 2.9sec, practical range of 230 miles, low weight (2300 lb) and a price around $80,000, this gullwing-doored, pocket-rocket will be the electric car enthusiasts will actually want to own.

Having worked on such landmark projects as the McLaren F1, Dowle knows what it takes to make a drivers' car. The P1-E's twin electric motors and attendant lithium-ion batteries are placed for optimum weight distribution and low center of gravity, while the long wishbones front and rear ensure ideal suspension geometry.

Four-wheel drive will endow the car with maximum traction. It also allows regenerative braking on each wheel, with the energy gained is to top up the batteries.

Said Dowle, "All electric cars produced to date have been compromised in one way or another, and most have been of little attraction to the enthusiast driver. We decided it was time to create an affordable electric sportscar that combined the advantages of conventional-engined, without its disadvantages - in short, a drivers' car for the 21st century.

"Since February we've been finalizing the specification, fine-tuning the styling and seeking appropriate funding. We plan to have our first prototype running during 2009. Another remaining task is to agree its final name, P1-E being the project's code."



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