Protoscar Lampo2 Electric Roadster Destined for Geneva Motor Show

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Think Tesla has the electric roadster market locked up? Not if Swiss automaker Protoscar has anything to say about it. The company is bringing its own model -- the Lampo2 -- to the 2010 Geneva motor show.

The Lampo2 is built upon a modified form of General Motors’ Kappa platform, which underpinned the likes of the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, or -- when in Europe -- the Opel GT. Unlike other Kappas, the Lampo2 is all-wheel-drive, powered by two electric motors producing a collective 408 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. Protoscar says the Lampo can rocket from 0-62 mph in around 5 seconds, and has a top speed of 124 mph. One element hindering its performance is weight. The portly roadster tips the scales at 3483 lbs.

Designers made sure users have plenty of options when it comes to recharging. Three modes allow the driver to select a start time and duration of charge, depending on location and plug access. There's also a real time GPS-based range estimator to better manage power. Protoscar says it's still a prototype, with no current plans for production. We're guessing quite a bit more tweaking is on the Lampo2's schedule before it hits the garages of well-heeled, eco-friendly drivers.

Source: Protoscar

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