Detroit Electric has finally revealed the exterior and interior designs of its SP:01 electric sports car but there’s nothing surprising about any of them.
We already knew how the rear end would look like from an official teaser photo, and the front end wasn’t exactly a secret either – it looks very similar to the SP:01 prototype unveiled in 2013 at the Shanghai Motor Show. As for the interior, it is very much a Lotus Elise with minor modifications.
The most obvious change in the cabin is the addition of a prominent 8.4-inch touchscreen tablet in the center console, which replaces all analogue dials and switches on the fascia. Detroit Electric’ss SAMI (Smartphone Application Managed Infotainment) application utilizes an open-source Android operating system, which provides access to a wide range of functions, including music player, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), satellite navigation and vehicle systems status, such as battery charge, V2X (Vehicle-to-Grid and Vehicle-to-Home) and other vehicle telemetry.
Detroit Electric says pre-production prototypes are currently undergoing extensive testing at its production facility in Leamington Spa, UK, ahead of the start of production in early 2015.
The company promises the SP:01 will be the world’s fastest pure-electric production two-seater sports car when it goes on sale in Asia, Europe and North America next year.
The SP:01 features a 282hp (285PS) electric motor, carbon fiber body panels and manual transmission as standard. An optional single-speed and twin-speed automatic transmission are also available. The SP:01 is said to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) and can reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Detroit Electric will offer a range of exterior styling options from launch, including a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, diffuser and battery cover. Metallic paint options for the SP:01 include Performance Black, Performance Blue, Performance Green, Performance Orange and Performance Silver, as well as Special White and Special Red, but customized paint colors are also available.