Electrification has become a hot-button technology for supercar performance, working its way into three of the world’s wildest modern examples—the Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1. But electric power is in each of these supercars employed in concert with a high-powered combustion engine. At the Pebble Beach Concours this past weekend, a new all-electric high-performance supercar, the Renovo Coupe, debuted with a staggering 1000 lb-ft of torque sourced exclusively from zero-emission electric energy.
CEO Christopher Heiser and CTO Jason Stinson have been working in secret on their debut vehicle for the last four years, as the duo’s battery pack technology still awaits patent approval. Renovo wouldn’t be the first company with wild hopes of a new and innovative high-performance car, but the Renovo Coupe boasts Silicon Valley-developed technology that addresses many of the drawbacks common to all-electric vehicles. The Renovo Coupe manages to keep weight to just 3250 lbs, and multiple battery enclosures mean the weight is distributed for optimized balance.
The relatively small (30 kWh), but powerful 740-volt lithium-ion battery pack (the technology for which is patent-pending) powers twin sequential axial flux electric motors for greater than 500 hp and a monstrous 1000 lb-ft of torque, which is instantly available from 0 rpm through a single-gear transmission. The result is a sprint from 0-60 mph in only 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of more than 120 mph, and a mind-blowing 37-millisecond throttle response.
For a car that’s focused on performance, the Renovo Coupe comes prepared for multiple runs at the track. In addition to a standard Level 2 charge system that takes a few hours, Renovo also included a quick-charge system that can fully recharge the Renovo Coupe in 30 minutes. Given the smaller size of the battery and Renovo’s focus on performance, range is less of a concern than optimized weight and quick-charging ability. Inside the cabin, the driver can also select variable levels of brake regeneration using the drive selector. Range will top out at around 100 miles.
As modern as the Renovo Coupe’s electric drivetrain is, the chassis is a time-tested piece of history. The Renovo coupe uses a factory-modified Shelby CSX9000 rolling chassis painted in classic blue-and-white livery, with a body specially designed by Peter Brock for aerodynamics and balance. Brock said in a statement that the Renovo Coupe benefits from a fully-overhauled body, frame, suspension and interior cabin. Its four-wheel independent suspension is paired with adjustable-height dampers and 6-piston brake calipers on 14-inch cross-drilled rotors up front, with 4-piston calipers on 13.4-inch cross-drilled rotors at the rear.
The prototype Renovo Coupe on display at Pebble Beach this past weekend will go through some final development stages before it goes on sale in 2015. Production will be in limited numbers, but according to a Renovo spokesperson, volume will total less than 100 vehicles. The Renovo Coupe will cost $529,000.
We’ll have to see if this Silicon Valley-developed Shelby has what it takes to hang with the rest of the pack on track day, but the Renovo Coupe certainly has us feeling good about the future of performance driving as electric vehicle technology gets ever more advanced. Check out Renovo’s promo video for the new Coupe, and watch the new all-electric supercar execute a smoky zero-emission burnout.