If you’ve never heard of Renovo Motors Inc., the Silicon Valley company says its all-electric Coupe has been developed in “stealth mode” over the past four years.
Promising a true driver’s car with mid-mounted 500-horsepower 1,000 pounds-feet motors supplied energy by proprietary modular li-ion batteries, the car with CSX9000 chassis supplied by Shelby American is on display today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Curb weight is just of 3,250 pounds and 0-60 mph for the rear-wheel-drive Coupe is advertised at 3.4 seconds with “over 120 mph” top speed for the single-speeder.
“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.”
Superior power and efficiency are touted for mid-mounted twin sequential axial-flux motors. Energy mappings are optimized for a wide range of driving conditions.
How many miles per gallon does it get? Infinite. It runs on electricity, and the drivetrain ramps to full power in 37 milliseconds — “about ten times faster than the blink of an eye,” says Renovo, “and further redefines how a performance vehicle can respond to the commands of the driver.”
“Our motivation to design and build our cars is not artificially tied to any particular propulsion technology,” notes Jason Stinson, Renovo Motors CTO. “Simply put, we can do things with electric vehicles that can’t be replicated by any other platform. Exploring these areas, reducing them to practice, and building them into our products is at the core of what we do best.”
Conventional performance hardware includes items like adjustable dampers, stiff springs, and unequal length A-arms. Front braking is handled by six-piston calipers with 14-inch cross-drilled rotors. Rear are four-piston calipers with 13.4-inch rotors. “Dynamic in-cabin regen adjustment” lets the driver control this effect.
Essentially, the company fell in love with a body designed for Le Mans when the Beatles were just young lads in 1964. For 2014, it control-alt-deletes one 427 side oiler big block V8 fuel swiller, and the hand-made in California cars receive state-of-the-art EV tech with all new chassis underpinnings.
“This shape was nearly perfect 50 years ago, and physics doesn’t change much over time,” said Peter. 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.”
Recharge time is estimated at 30 minutes for DC fast charge, or five hours at level 2.
The company says deliveries for the limited-production car begin next year. Price is reportedly $529,000. More info can be learned at Renovo’s Web site.