From Italy comes a new electric race car called Spice-x, a collaborative effort between several companies from the Piedmont area.
Unveiled at the Parco Valentino car show in early June, Spice-x is designed to be a small and accessible electric Formula car. Its makers say it’s a racer equally suited for circuit, slalom and hillclimb events.
Designed by Fabrizio Pepe of Mastery Design, Spice-x is unusually small, measuring 3,827 mm (150.6 in) in length and 1,695 mm (66.7 in) in width. According to the press release, the compact footprint makes it “easily transportable, practical and lightweight.”
Economic materials are said to have been employed when building Spice-x, as the company’s aim is to have the “right costs” and appeal to young racing drivers who obviously don’t have huge budgets at their disposal.
Unfortunately, there are no specs or prices available, but the release mentions a silent and non-polluting electric motor that would allow Spice-x cars to race in the city. We’ve already seen that with Formula E but this would be a more affordable series — think of it as an opening act for Formula E events.
Spice-x is said to have a very low aerodynamic coefficient, regardless of the chosen version (with open or closed cockpit). The company promises excellent performance, moderate maintenance fees, a light body, and good handling capabilities. The Italians also promise that the cockpit has bigger dimensions compared to traditional single-seat race cars.
We have to admit all those things sound great but until Spice-x releases some specs we’ll have to take everything with a grain of salt — especially the part about it being affordable. One thing is certain, though: it looks like a mini LMP1 racer and that’s a great compliment to its designers.