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Britain's made a 600bhp electric shooting brake
Looks lovely, hits 62mph in 3.5sec and does 300 miles on a charge. Needs money...
Internet, meet your new, 600bhp electric shooting brake. It’s the Alcraft GT, and you might need to leave your supercar start-up cynicism by the door.
It’s British made, though you’ll spot these pictures are electronic renders. That’s because it’s currently a 33 per cent scale model. Made of foam. But if a production car lived up to the promised specs, it’d be mighty.
So it’s a small estate-like GT car that can accommodate two people plus either lots of luggage, or two more tiny people. It can be fully electric or operate with a (presumably petrol) range-extender on board. Like most quick electric stuff, it’s four-wheel drive and employs clever torque vectoring to shuffle its power about.Alcraft says the emphasis has been on developing “outstanding handling and dynamics”, and that the numbers are secondary, but they’re still decent. Virtually, it’s produced 600bhp and 840lb ft, enough for a 3.5sec 0-62mph time. A 300-mile range is also touted.
If you’ve gone back to the door to pick up your cynicism – easily done, when we’re talking about a tiny foam car whose performance lives only on a laptop – then rest assured some strong names are behind this one. Highlights include Charles Morgan from, um, Morgan, and Matt Humphries, who designed the Morgan Aeromax. Michelin and Continental are among the suppliers.
Like the look of it? The next step is a fully operational prototype, and being a car with a modern mindset, the financial process is modern, too. They’re crowdfunding, and you can input anything between £10 and £25,000 to get the Alcraft GT into production, with all sorts of watches, bikes and days out at Silverstone as rewards. Tempted?