Totem Automobili’s Stunning GT Electric Design Has Been Finalised

Totem GT Electric

Totem Automobili has announced the design of its stunning GT Electric is now finalised with substantial components streamlined and chassis news to follow soon…

The gorgeous Electric GT was originally scheduled for a grand unveiling at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed but the Italian start-up company’s plans were scuppered following the pandemic’s untimely intervention.

It was back in 2018 when former Alfa Romeo designer and classic car enthusiast, Riccardo Quaggio founded the business and decided it was time to combine a passion for cars with his vision of a technological and zero-emissions future and set about redefining one of the most iconic Italian machines.

Totem GT Electric

Fast forward two years, thousands of hours of testing, and the 2020 project, involving 21 engineers (both mechanical and electrical), saw the first Totem house creation arrive in the shape of a rather stunning Giulia GT Electric.

The process begins with the deconstruction of a donor GT Junior 1300/1600 based on a shortened floorpan of the Giulia saloon while giving it some upgrades to compensate for the extra power being applied to the GT electric.

Totem GT Electric

The Power

Totem Automobili then fits a 50.4 kWh battery pack in place of the engine, weighing in at around 350 kg and generating 518 bhp, 692 pound-feet (940 Nm) to the all-important rear-mounted electric motor. As you can imagine, this makes it pretty rapid. In fact, so rapid it can sprint (quietly) from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a sniff under 3.4 seconds which should please the speed merchants.

Only 10% of the original chassis will remain as standard and will be accompanied by a McPherson strut arrangement with two-way adjustable Bilstein Clubsport coil-overs added upfront. The rear gets some attention too with more Bilstein and multi-link independent suspension and subframe to house the mid-rear-mounted motor.

Totem Automobili

Low carbon alloy steel

In an FB release, the company has indicated substantial components, internal and external structures have now been streamlined with the design of the chassis to follow shortly. Low carbon alloy steel (15CDV6) has been used to increase mechanical performance while reducing weight and providing torsional resistance. The chassis will consist of this special steel which has very good yield strength, joined to the original Alfa Romeo GT chassis and full carbon fibre body.

Totem said:
The aluminum front and rear suspension have been engineered to bring high performance, low friction, and minimum weight. Front suspension is made up of two triangles, precisely superimposed. Very classic suspension, equally performing. Rear suspension, like the one at the front, incorporates the fifth arm (or fake steering) to optimise performance

Totem GT Electric

While the company says it only has plans to build 20 electric GTs for now, the craftsmanship and attention to detail are beyond belief and impossible not to completely fall in love with. The carbon fibre body design and styling are given around 6,000 hours of work at the company’s HQ in Venice, Italy with an expected 242 miles of range delivered from the 50.4 kWh battery pack.

Prices start at around £385k (430,000 euros) and include the donor car, although finding one could prove difficult…

Images courtesy Totem Automobili

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