A vehicle that has been in concept form since 2010 is now ready to go into serial production
7/14/14 7:34 am chumakdenis 1
French electric sports car startup Exagon, a spinoff of the Exagon Engineering motorsport firm, first presented its Furtive-eGT in concept form at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
After that, we heard almost nothing heard about this all-electric supercar. But now, Exagon is back with a series of improvements for their electric coupe and ready for seral production.
But before we start, let’s have a closer look on the progress of this car.
The first version was unveiled at Paris Auto show 2010 and the vehicle was powered by two electric motors developed by Siemens with an output of 340 HP and had a range of up to 400 km.
It was a good start and that concept had a small gasoline range extender engine that could take it up to an additional 400 km/h, for a total range of up to 800 km.
Also, this version of Exagon Furtive eGT has a 2+2 seating configuration and had a top speed of 250 km/h with quite awesome acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds.
Then, after two years, the car was presented at Geneva Motor Show 2012 with a bunch of improvements.
The Exagon Furtive eGT electric supercar is powered by a pair of 300 kW Siemens electric motors that combined have the potential to deliver up to 600 kW / 516 Nm, the car is exceptionally rapid. Power is transferred to the rear wheels and Exagon says throttle response is virtually instantaneous, delivering a 0-100km/h sprint of just 3.5 seconds, faster than a Tesla Roadster.
The car has a top speed of 250km/h and the electric motors are energised by a hefty 53kWh lithium-ion battery which provides a range of around 300km but Exagon will option a small range-extender engine to charge the batteries on the run, which gives the car a theoretical 730km range.
The Exagon Furtive eGT has four seats and features a monocoque light carbon fiber body, which weighs an astonishingly low 124 kg. The manufacturer is also offering a wide selection of personalization options.
Why this car is so fast?
Well, not every day we meet a cat that is faster than a Tesla Roadster.
So where's the secret?Well.the answer was given before - newest technologies in this car.
Exagon says it used Formula One technology to develop the chassis, which consists of a carbon fiber/honeycomb monocoque to which cast aluminum subframes are attached. The body of the Furtive-eGT is also made from advanced composite materials and weighs just 273 pounds.
Also, it is the first time when two engines produce 148kW each with an efficiency ratio close to 98%! Apart from the combined 402hp and 550nm of torque, the most impressive is the availability of power, a tenth of a second! Touch the accelerator pedal and the expected response won’t take long.
Another advantage of the electric motors, braking, indeed, motors contribute to the deceleration and moreover Exagon turned to one of the best brand for brakes in the world, the French Beringer. The braking force can reach 1.2g, almost above any competition! As said, this Furtive-eGT is packed with technology, 124kg carbon monocoque structure, a full carbon bodywork, 53kWh SAFT batteries, a three speeds gearbox without torque interruption. The center of gravity is very low, lower than most of supercars in production, for a weight of 1640kg.
The suspension and tires have been developed in partnership with Michelin, in order to reach the maximum potential of the Furtive-eGT.
On the road
The Furtive-eGT being tested on the Nürburgring track with Sabine Scmitz behind the wheel. The German racing driver, an expert on this track, that won twice the 24 hour trial there, really liked the Furtive-eGT.Watch video below for more details.
To buy or not to buy?Here's the question.
The Furtive-eGT seems to be more efficient than the SLS Electric Drive for a price substantially similar. Exagon offers to its customers a complete customization program that will meet your every need and highlight the expertise of French craftsmen. Finally, just like a Bugatti, maintenance services and computer updates will be provided directly at your home.
Such cars are built only on demand and if you want to buy one, be ready to pay through the nose.
The base vehicle will start at 448,451 Swiss Francs, which is about $477,103 US. If you've got that kind of dough, you can order it now.
Why the price is so high?
The complete lighting of the car, inside and outside is made of full LED, a 12-inch digital screen serves as dashboard. You can also choose from four driving modes:Standard, Eco, Sport and city.
Inside, Exagon has used only the finest materials. As the firm’s founder Luc Marchetti explains, Exagon’s staff use the same approach as “jewel-makers” when it comes to the high-end manufacturing and bespoke nature of the Furtive-eGT. In fact, each of the cars will be highly tailored to its owner’s desires, which explains why Exagon is only building Furtive-eGTs on demand. It probably explains why the price isn't fixed, as the costs are likely to vary significantly based on the level of personalization.