Gordon Murray Design has revealed the fruit of a partnership with materials company Toray Industries to build a lightweight, all-electric sports car. Called the TEEWAVE AR.1, the open-top two-seater was designed to show off some of Toray’s expertise with carbon fiber and other advanced materials.
The AR.1 is built on an aluminum alloy chassis with a carbon-fiber body, keeping weight to just 1870 pounds. Motivation comes courtesy of an electric motor producing 63 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque; the designers predict a 0-to-62-mph run of 11.4 seconds and a top speed of 91 mph — hardly figures on par with the Tesla Roadster electric car, in case you were already comparing the two cars.
Gordon Murray Design says that the AR.1 has been crash-tested, but doesn’t specify the results of those tests. The company also says the electric-drive components were sourced from a series-production electric car, but doesn’t indicate which one. The lithium-ion battery pack weighs 528 pounds and provides a range of up to 115 miles. It can be recharged in roughlysix hours, likely when using a 220-240-volt source.
The entire project apparently took just nine months to bring to life. After this reveal, though, it seems unlikely that the TEEWAVE AR.1 will actually go into production. Gordon Murray Design is probably plenty busy preparing its new line of micro cars like the T25 and T27, as well as a rumored supercar.
Source: Gordon Murray Design