Aston Martin has announced plans to build a production version of the RapidE concept which was introduced nearly two years ago.
While Aston Martin originally planned to partner with LeEco, the company’s financial problems has apparently pushed the automaker to name Williams Advanced Engineering as the lead engineering partner on the project.
The change will delay the launch of the RapidE to 2019 but Aston Martin and Williams Advanced Engineering worked together on the original concept so hopefully it’s a change for the better.
Details about the car are limited at this point but the model will be based on the Rapide AMR and have “four-door sports car looks” combined with the “dynamics of the Rapide S.” The company also says the instantaneous power delivered by the car’s electric motors means the “RapidE will offer a unique driving experience” unlike any previous Aston Martin.
In a statement, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said “Having unveiled the RapidE Concept back in October 2015 we reach another milestone with the confirmation that we are now putting the first all-electric Aston Martin into production.” Palmer added, the “RapidE will showcase Aston Martin’s vision, desire, and capability to successfully embrace radical change, delivering a new breed of car that stays true to our ethos and delights our customers.”
Production will be limited to 155 units and additional information will be released closer to launch.