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Touring touts an electrified supercar at Geneva

The Artega Scalo Superelletra. (Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera s.r.l.)

Published Wednesday, March 8, two thousand seventeen Two:29PM EST

The Italian coachbuilding and bespoke vehicle creation studio is showcasing its very first genuine production model — a 1000hp+ $1 million electrical supercar — at this year’s Geneva motor demonstrate.

In latest years, Touring Superleggera has garnered headlines at Geneva for bringing an automotive work of art to the showcase — whether it be the Disco Volante — its bespoke reimagining of the Alfa Romeo 8C, or the Berlinetta Lusso — A Ferrari F12 Berlinetta in a hand-shaped aluminum and carbon fiber suit reminiscent of 1960s super GTs.

But for two thousand seventeen it’s displaying off an entirely fresh car, developed from the ground up in partnership with German sportscar company Artega, that is destined for total production.

Called the Artega Scalo Superelletra, it’s pitched as an ultra-exclusive electrified supercar; capable of going from 0-100km/h in Two.7 seconds, on to a top speed of 300km/h and delivering a range inbetween charges of 500km. And, to make it stand out from a host of other EV sportscars set to come to market over the coming years, it will feature a three-seat layout like in the McLaren F1.

"We are delighted of the chance to design a fully electrified car. There were a few challenges here, particularly in finding the right proportions for the three-seater layout," said Touring CEO Piero Mancardi.

Other obstacles include maintaining Artega’s existing visual identity and, because of the car’s eco-friendly positioning, developing a production process that is both carbon-neutral and that uses recyclable materials. Therefore Touring has gone for a carbon fiber chassis, a tubular steel framework and a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber bod panels.

Still, doing away with the traditional internal combustion engine also opens up fresh design possibilities. "The innovative electrified package, however, gives a higher degree of freedom and we attempted to take utter advantage from it," said Mancardi. "The project grew amazingly quick, with exceptional levels of mutual understanding with Artega."

The electrified motors that will power the front and rear wheels chosen for the project are from Voltabox and when working in unison will give the finished car 1020hp and 1620Nm of torque. Factor in the car’s kerb weight — 1850kg, and it promises to be something very special when it debuts in utter production form in spring 2019. Just fifty examples are planned that in the company’s words will address "the price segment from €500,000-€1 million."

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