Delta Motorsport E-4 Coupe
Delta Motorsport, an innovative UK engineering consultancy company based at the Silverstone Circuit, has designed and built a 150mph electric car.
Delta Motorsport, an innovative UK engineering consultancy company based at the Silverstone Circuit, has designed and built a 150mph electric car. The four-seater Delta E-4 Coupe rockets to 60mph in less than five seconds and can travel up to 200 miles on a single charge. Quite an achievement, and further proof that electric vehicles can be more than mediocre shopping trolleys.The Delta E-4's staggering performance and impressive range are due to numerous technical innovations. These include its lightweight carbon composite chassis that weighs a pint-sized 85kg. This is 2/3 less than a comparable steel structure, yet it is designed to perform well in strict EU crash tests. Furthermore, this two-door beauty is powered by direct-drive electric motors. These produce 120hp each, over 600Nm of torque, and only weigh 23kg. Sounds promising. Delta Motorsport was founded in 2005 by Simon Dowson and Nick Carpenter. The company has considerable experience in the motor sport and mainstream automotive sectors, as well as other high performance engineering and clean technology projects. Mr Dowson said: 'We became involved with the design of hybrid and electric vehicles because they share many of the engineering challenges associated with motor sport - light weight parts, aerodynamic efficiency, and innovative packaging solutions. We've had to re-think road cars from the beginning, looking at low cost composite structures, system efficiencies, and novel occupant packaging.' It is clear that motorists cannot rely on internal combustion engines forever. However, sporty thrill seekers need convincing that alternative population systems, and fuels, can be both thrilling and engaging. Clearly, the new Delta E-4 Coupe is a step in the right direction. More of the same please.