Watt Electric Vehicle Company has revealed its first premium electric sports car and ‘the classic-inspired Coupe’ has a familiar look to it…
You’d be forgiven if you took a quick glimpse of the two-seated, rear-wheel drive, mid-motor-mounted WEVC Coupe and thought… surely that’s a Porsche 356! The Cornwall based company has described their ‘classic-inspired Coupe’ as being “inspired by the legendary 1955 Porsche 356a” which hopefully stops the German legal team banging on the door too loudly.
That said, its a good looking retro-styled electric vehicle that slots into the classic EV category at around the same price as other offerings… with a difference.
Its the vision of WEVC’s founder, Neil Yates and utilises an in-house developed platform called PACES (Passenger And Commercial EV Skateboard) which in a nutshell, is an adaptable bonded aluminium platform designed for low volume manufacture and composed of lightweight extrusions combined with high precision laser-cut and fold pieces that interlock and bond together, an innovation called FlexTech.
The innovative platform requires very little upfront investment in expensive tooling or post-assembly machining, further reducing manufacturing costs and lending itself directly to limited runs or low production numbers.
The system also features an integrated battery enclosure built into the primary chassis as opposed to a separate battery case, allowing the entire platform to be lightweight and very structurally efficient – while the whole powertrain and chassis combination meets ISO regulations and European Small Series Type Approval crash requirements.
Over the last 10 months, WEVC has carried out extensive prototype testing and further refinements will continue to be made over the coming year. WEVC simulation models, validated during testing and development, predicts production specification cars will have a WLTP* range of approximately 230 miles, with the 120kW Launch Edition Coupes able to accelerate from 0-62mph in around five seconds.
Internally, the cabin is described as ‘beautifully executed simplicity’ which is another nod to the iconic 356 and its timeless styling but will provide the usual modern creature comforts expected in a modern vehicle such as air-conditioning and mobile connectivity.
Neil Yates, founder and owner of Watt Electric Vehicle Company:
“The Coupe represents two firsts for Watt Electric Vehicle Company. It is our very first model – and the first to utilise our PACES modular EV architecture, which will underpin many next-generation specialist passenger and commercial EVs. With our debut vehicle we wanted to build a light, engaging sports car, at the opposite end of the spectrum from the current trend toward hugely powerful, fast accelerating, but heavy electric supercars.
“Thanks to our PACES architecture, we have been able to keep the Coupe’s weight to a minimum – under 1,000kg – yet we have also structurally-integrated a 40kWh battery into the chassis and exceeded all EUSSTA safety crash testing standards. We have also achieved near 50:50 weight distribution too.
“The WEVC Coupe’s focus is on engaging the driver, providing enjoyment in real-world situations from city streets to B-roads. With double wishbone suspension, 16-inch wheels and 60-profile tyres, it has a comfortable ride, excellent steering response and a handling balance that is entertaining and exploitable, rather than chasing outright lateral grip.
“Extensive simulation work indicates we can achieve a WLTP* range of 230 miles, with prototype testing supporting the translation of that data into real-world performance. With compact dimensions, superb packaging and a tight turning circle, we envision the WEVC Coupe being just as at home in the centre of London or cruising along an A-road, as it is on a twisty B-road.”
So what does it all cost?
The development will continue throughout the coming months with an expected full production car to be unveiled in late summer. Manufacturing will begin at WEVC’s home in Cornwall in November with first deliveries in early 2022.
Each WEVC Coupe can be individually tailored to a customer’s tastes, with the 21 120kW Launch Edition Coupes starting at £81,250.
So, what do you think? Just needs a set of Fuchs on each corner and it could be a winner…
*What does WLTP mean? WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. Basically, a lab test that applies to all new vehicles registered since September 2018 to check how they perform in straight forward everyday driving conditions.
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