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    08 644hp 4dr Zap Lotus

    Man your batteries!

    More about it here:Zap Lotus

    "Santa Rosa, California-based ZAP has confirmed that the firm is using Lotus's APX (Aluminum Performance Crossover) platform, from the 2006 Geneva show, and its body structure, for developing a high-performance flagship model called the ZAP-X. Lotus Engineering will also provide development assistance for the vehicle, which could go on sale in calendar year 2008.

    Instead of the gasoline V-6 in the original APX, the ZAP-X will have wheel-hub electric motors, providing all-wheel drive, to deliver up to 644 horsepower. The X, according to ZAP, would have a theoretical top speed of 155 miles per hour. An advanced battery management system will enable a range of up to 350 miles, with charges as short as ten minutes. "


    Re: 08 644hp 4dr Zap Lotus

    Thats what I would like to see more off.
    Not those stupid hydrogen cars.
    I really hope electric will get more popular than hydrogen in the future.
    Hydrogern cars to me look just like another trick to fill up the state budgets with high taxses. And judging by the fact that there are almost no serious electric car concepts from big euro companies. It looks pretty obvious with whom te euro car industry lies (state and oil, of course)

    Re: 08 644hp 4dr Zap Lotus

    Sounds like a great thing. But the ten minute charges seem a little optimistic.

    Re: 08 644hp 4dr Zap Lotus

    Hub-centric motors would make for a hellacious concentration of unsprung mass too, no?

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    Grant said:
    Hub-centric motors would make for a hellacious concentration of unsprung mass too, no?



    That's probably why with 644 HP it could only go 155 MPH.

    Re: 08 644hp 4dr Zap Lotus

    I can only imagine how much this thing weights...the batteries alone are probably heavier than a dump truck motor. That is the only drawback to these cars. It all sounds good until you read the 4000lbs GVW.

    I personally like hydrogen, because it burns clean, you can use the same motor configuration, it makes great power, and you don't need super heavy battery packs.

    Someday too soon, we will all miss the sound of an old fashioned gasoline engine. I don't mind if my daily driver has to be some electric car. But, I always want the option to still have a 600hp LS7 based monster sitting in my garage ready to shake the house on command.

     
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