The Teewave AR.1, a new prototype rear-drive electric sports car, has recently been unveiled by Gordon Murray Design. Carbonfibre specialist Toray Industries Inc. commissioned GMD, led by McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray, to make this new two-seat sports car codenamed T.32. It features a Toray-supplied carbonfibre monocoque chassis and the all-electric powertrain that’s used on the Mitsubishi iMiEV.
The vehicle, which weighs just 850kg, is equipped with a 63bhp, 133lb ft electric motor and 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack. These enable the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 11.4sec and to reach a top speed of 91mph.
GMD claims that the car could go from 0 to 31mph time in 4.4secs. and has a range of 116 miles, according to Autocar. The battery pack is fully recharged after six hours. The concept uses carbonfibre crash structures that had a good performance in the simulators.
Even if the powertrain is shared with the iMiEV, GMD asserts that it designed the “unique electrical architecture and control units” on its own. With dimensions of 3975mm long, 1765mm wide and 1154mm high, the AR.1 comes with a full-length undertray with ground-effect diffuser.
Its double wishbone suspension front and rear, together with its low weight and low centre of gravity, is believed to result in “an excellent ride and handling balance.” GMD said that it only took nine months to bring the project from “concept discussions to running vehicle.”
GMD and Toray said that this car is a one-off running prototype meant to display the technologies of both companies. But nearly all the features in the car may be applied to more mainstream products, such as the carbonfibre monocoque.