Aston Martin has unveiled two teaser images for the Rapid E electric vehicle.
The battery - an 800V system rated at 65 kWh - is located under the Rapide's long hood, replacing the original 6-liter V12 engine, and sends its power to two electric motors.
Initial performance estimates include a 0-60 miles per hour time of under 4.0 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.
Throughout the development process, the engineering team have focused on achieving effective cooling of the batteries and motors to ensure consistent performance, while strict weight targets have been realized using lightweight alloys and carbon composite materials. However, using an 800V outlet with a delivery of 100 kWh or higher, the brand says faster charging of 310 miles (499 km) of range per hour is possible. "Our offer will have very credible acceleration - equal to a petrol Aston Martin - but you'll be able to drive the vehicle rapidly all the way around the Nurburgring without it derating or conking out on you". Projected top speed for the Rapide E is 250km/h, with a sub-4.0sec 0-96km/h time and a 80-112km/h time of just 1.5sec. Instead the target is for maximum performance on-demand throughout majority of the battery state of charge window, as would be expected from a conventional internal combustion-engined vehicle.
Aston says it'll get up to 60mph in less than four seconds and will handle the famous Nürburgring circuit with "absolutely no derating" of the battery.
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Whenever the driver uses the car's indicators or engages reverse "the system automatically enhances the corresponding area". The feed from the new side camera's will be displayed inside on two 5-inch displays that sit on the ES' a-pillars. .
The car's exterior and underbody has also been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aerodynamic wheels.
Aston is also aiming for the electric auto to " retain and enhance the feel, character, and delivery of the V12-engined Rapide S". Though a unique set of aerodynamic wheels will tell it apart from the rest of the range visually, the spring and damper rates of the Rapide E have been recalibrated specifically to emulate the driving characteristics of its petrol powered peers. As a career automotive engineer, I'm proud that the auto industry is leading the way in finding long-term solutions and reducing harmful emissions.
The Rapide E will be a very limited production run model, so some prospective buyers might find themselves missing out when they finally start being built and delivered next year.
The exterior and underbody have been aero-optimized for the electric version of the 6-liter V12 Rapide, and the auto has been treated to a fresh set of aerodynamic wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero low rolling-resistance tires (which feature noise-canceling foam).
Pricing for the model will be available on application, says the company, and deliveries are expected to begin in late 2019.