Many people have long wanted a complete electric drive offering from Artega. In fact, the thought of coming up with an electric sports car seems to be as old as the brand itself. The wait is finally over with the Artega Scalo. While being the first for the brand, this electric car not just succeeds the Artega GT but also brings new technical innovations and elegant appearance. Take the chassis for example. Its modular structure and light-weight materials make this platform the best when it comes to electric drives.
Before the Artega Scalo, there have been three prototypes made as of 2012 but none made it to production mainly due to design issues. The brand believes that this new electric car will form the basis of a new practice. In particular, Artega expects that future vehicle models of the brand will be named after famous racing stallions. The first of course is Scalo, a Westphalian stallion, who was the 2010 Galloper of the Year. In addition, Scalo was trained near the company’s head office.
According to the manufacturer, the battery has a capacity of more than 37 kWh with nominal voltage measured to be at 411 Volt. However for about 10 seconds, an electric output of 385 kW is possible. Maximum range of the Artega Scalo is 250 miles.
One exceptional feature of the battery is that when the charge status drops below the 25% level, speed is limited to 125 mph. This is not just about safety as it also allows the car to travel farther. Overheating is not that much of a problem since the battery has a cooling circuit of its own.
In addition, the power electronics as well as the electric motors share a second cooler. Thus all the components are able to work at their best. A 64-kW DC quick charge makes it possible for the battery to have a complete charge in less than an hour. The Artega Scalo has its own on-board charger and is able to attain maximum charge output, using a 22-kW three-phase current connection.
This can result to an estimated two-hour charging duration. When an AC grid through a 16-A household socket is used, the charging duration is about ten hours. With regards to storage volume, the Artega Scalo’s measures 8.8 cubic feet which is distributed between the trunk at the front and the space located at the back of the seats.
Including the batteries, the empty weight of the Scalo is 3,494 lbs. The forged central closure rims measure 8.5“x 20” at the front with tires at 245/35 x 20 and 11“x 20” at the rear having 295/30 x 20 tires.
The mass of the rim on the front is 21.3 lbs. while the rear one weighs 24.4 lbs. Finally, there are the Brembo brake calipers. It has 6 pistons on its front, 4 pistons at the rear plus a separate caliper for its hand brake. This calipers when mixed with its two-part brakes show just how much experience the brand has when it comes to racing.