When I first saw the Torq Roadster, it brought flashbacks of the patent drawings of the Slingshot we wrote about a couple of months ago and since Polaris does have an electric vehicle division, well, the connection seemed logical, but it's not the case. The Torq Roadster comes from Epic Electric Vehicles, the same folks who built an electric wake boat and an electric ATV. They just decided to build something for the road.
- 0-60 - 4 seconds
- 1.3 lateral G
- 612 foot pounds of torque
- 300+ horsepower DC electric motor
- range - 100 miles
It's front wheel drive so who needs two rear wheels? The carbon fiber body over a steel chassis keeps it light, 2200 pounds, and you can get it in multiple levels of trim and power train performance. It's very tunable, you can upgrade the suspension, rewind the armature, upgrade the brushes, modify the controller, add batteries, that sort of thing so you're looking at the hot rodding of the future if you're into electric vehicles. They use a lot of VW components for suspension and steering to make it easy to source parts from anywhere since they do plan to sell it worldwide.
Unlike the Elio 3 wheeler, this one isn't cheap, batteries, electric motors and controllers, not to mention carbon fiber, make this a high end, high tech ride. It's not surprising a former Tesla exec bought the first production model. I didn't see pricing anywhere but they need a $10,000 deposit to reserve a 2013 model.
It doesn't look bad and is probably a lot of fun to drive. Check it out and see what you think.
Thanks for the tip, Steve.
Link: Torq EV