Will Infiniti Build The First Mainstream Electric Sports Car?

2012 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept, New York Auto Show, April 2011

2012 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept, New York Auto Show, April 2011

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By almost anyone’s standards, the first electric-powered sports car of the modern era was the 2009 Tesla Roadster. Built from a modified Lotus Elise platform, the Tesla showed what was possible in terms of both range and performance when cost wasn’t a consideration.

The Tesla Roadster’s $109,000 starting price excludes it from most shopping lists, but there’s clearly a demand for an electric-powered sports car.

Now comes word that Infiniti will show a two-seat, rear-wheel drive electric sports car concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The electric motor will be mounted behind the seats, making it a "mid-motor" design.

Not much is known about the car, but speculation is that it will borrow heavily from the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC racer shown above.

That one-off racer featured a weight-saving carbon-fiber tub, a low and aerodynamic profile, and a mid-motor, rear-wheel drive layout that produced 107 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque.

Infiniti could also choose to produce the car with a range extending generator, and it may look to Formula 1 partner Red Bull Renault for technology relating to a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

The two-seater will join the already-known Infiniti electric sedan in the company's lineup, with both vehicles expected to hit the market in 2015.

[Autocar, via Motor Authority]


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