When Elon Musk shocked the automotive world with the reveal of the Tesla Roadster, velocity junkies all over the place reeled on the potential promised by the brand new sedan.
Now, not even every week after the Musk rattled off the ridiculous specs purportedly achieved by his prototype, one other electrical automotive startup has burst onto the scene with equally outsized claims and plans to take the high-speed efficiency off-road.
Taipei-based powertrain maker XING Mobility simply introduced that it is effectively alongside within the testing course of for its new supercar prototype, the Miss R. The all-electric, rally-inspired beast may have each on-road and off-road capabilities and use a brand new modular, immersion-cooled battery system, which the corporate developed internally with chemical maker 3M’s applied sciences.
The Miss R prototype will problem the Tesla Roadster for the title of the world’s quickest automotive as soon as each the speedsters really hit the street. XING claims its rally-capable monster will probably be rely upon 4 unbiased 350V motors to speed up from zero to 100 km/h in 1.eight seconds, zero to 200 km/h in 5.1 seconds, and max out at a prime velocity of over 270 km/h.
Tesla’s specs for the Roadster have all been offered within the American commonplace of miles per hour — zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, zero to 100 mph in four.2 seconds, prime velocity of over 250 mph — besides, it seems that on paper the Miss R might develop into the brand new king of automotive acceleration, since 100 km/h equals roughly 62 mph.
XING has already examined out the powertrain and battery system in an uncovered drivetrain prototype. The corporate launched some footage in a teaser video, which you’ll take a look at beneath:
The startup did not supply any particulars in regards to the Miss R battery system’s actual vary, so for the second the Tesla Roadster’s estimated 620 mile capability has the sting. XING does declare, nonetheless, that the system will not function like conventional EV batteries; as an alternative, drivers will have the ability to swap out light-weight packs in a 5 minute course of for extra energy.
XING explicitly talked about Tesla and the Roadster in its launch in regards to the Miss R idea, however the startup is not precisely gunning for Elon Musk & Co.’s spot as probably the most acknowledged electrical carmaker on this planet. XING is as an alternative extra targeted on powertrain and battery expertise, which it hopes to supply to different car producers. The Miss R is as an alternative extra of a flashy proof of idea showcase for XING’s tech.
The startup plans to proceed testing the prototype and reveal a accomplished model of the automotive in 2018. The subsequent step is to hit full energy, so there may be an opportunity within the close to future to see if the car’s efficiency can dwell as much as the hype.
The Miss R will nonetheless be obtainable for courageous, speed-hungry gearheads to purchase in 2019, a yr earlier than Tesla plans to place the Roadster into manufacturing, however clients should be prepared to pay for the outsized efficiency. XING will solely produce 20 of the automobiles and promote them for $1 million every. That makes the $200,000 Roadster appear to be a steal—however if you wish to take a super-fast EV off-roading, it will in all probability be your solely choice.