Aims to be the “world’s first electric super car with on-road and off-road capabilities.” Price? $1 million.
With a 0 to 60 mph (100 kph) sprint in an almost unbelievable 1.9 seconds, the new Tesla Roadster is set to become the world’s quickest production car, but not if XING Mobility has something to say about that. Based in Taipei, the electric powertrain startup has taken the wraps off an interesting rally-inspired supercar producing an astounding one megawatt (1,341 hp) of power to match the One:1 and the record-breaking Agera RS. But while those two hypercars from Koenigsegg have combustion engines, the “Miss R” is entirely electric.
The immense power comes from four independent electric motors providing the interesting machine with four-wheel torque vectoring and some amazing performance numbers: 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 1.8 seconds, 0-124 mph (0-200 kph) in 5.1 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 168 mph (270 kph) – considerably slower than the Roadster’s 250+ mph claimed velocity. While the Taiwanese company doesn’t say anything about the maximum range, it does mention the Miss R has been engineered to accommodate battery swapping – a procedure set to take less than five minutes.
The in-house developed modular battery system has a LEGO-like configuration and features 98 stackable modules, each containing 42 lithium-ion cells, thus holding a total of 4,116 cells. XING Mobility is already in talks with various companies interested in acquiring the battery system and putting it to good use in anything from buses to boats.
Much like the aforementioned second-generation Tesla Roadster, the Miss R won’t be out in the near future as XING Mobility aims to unveil a fully working prototype towards the end of 2018. Production will be limited to just 20 units and these are going to be available beginning 2019 with a starting price of $1 million.
As a final note, the new Roadster might still come out on top in terms of acceleration as Tesla’s head honcho Elon Musk has already hinted a special option package will take the car to “the next level.”