Artega unveils new 1,020-hp Scalo Superelletra electric supercar at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on March 8, 2017

The Artega Scalo marked the impressive rise from ashes of the once defunct German carmaker Artega Automobil when it was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Employing a pure electric drive unit, the Artega Scalo is regarded as the direct successor for the carmaker’s awe-inspiring conventionally powered Artega GT sports car.

A year and a half after the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the low-volume German sports car maker is raising the tempo substantially by unveiling a new version of the Scalo that is much lighter and incredibly more powerful. Artega is proud to unveil the new Artega Scalo Superelletra – a superlight electric GT car filled with performance-enhancing steroids.

As to how this electric supercar got its name, the term “Scalo” refers to a special Westphalian stallion that was awarded as the 2010 Galloper of the Year. Interestingly, Scalo was trained near the carmaker’s headquarters. “Superelletra,” meanwhile, is a wordplay on the italian terms “Superleggera” (means “super light”) and “elettrica” (means “electric”).

Exterior Design

On the first look, the Artega Scalo Superelletra may seem to be just an ordinary GT. But get closer to the Artega latest creation and you’ll soon see that its design doesn’t differ much from its first concept model, the Artega GT as well as from the 2015 Scalo.

The front end of the Artega Scalo Superelletra still looks very similar to that of the Artega GT. Just like the Artega GT, the styling of the Scalo Superelletra borrows from the design cues from German sports car maker Porsche and Italian firm Ferrari.

Interior Design

There are, however, several very unique features of the Artega Scalo Superelletra. One of these is the centrally positioned driver’s seat. Yes, the driver is positioned on the center of the front cabin – just like on Formula One race cars -- allowing him or her to obtain a wide and equal view of the road ahead.

The rear cabin could accommodate two passengers, which means that the Artega Scalo Superelletra could seat three people. Artega Scalo Superelletra also features no ordinary doors, but comes with gull-wing doors for easier access to the front and rear sections of the cabin.

The side mirrors of the Artega Scalo Superelletra are also quite different – they are sleeker and thinner. We are guessing that these mirrors have been replaced with cameras, which feed video images on a screen display for the driver to view.

Powertrain

As for the propulsion power, the Artega Scalo Superelletra makes use of four electric motors – two on the front axle and another two on the back – for a total output of around 1,020 horsepower (750 kilowatts).

As per Auto Express’ report, these electric motors could produce a total of 1,620 Newton-meters (1,194 pound-feet) of instant torque. We are assuming that each electric motor provides 255 hp of max output and 405 Nm of instant torque.

These electric motors derive their juice from a large 120-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, allowing the Artega Scalo Superelletra to travel up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a full single charge, as per New European Driving Cycle.

As for performance, Artega says the Artega Scalo Superelletra could zoom from zero to 62 mph (100 kph) run in 2.7 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 kph).

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