Aston Martin has released details surrounding its first all-electric production car, the Rapide E. The thing that stands out the most? Only 155 units are being made.
The iconic British brand teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to fine-tune the details, such as how to ensure adequate cooling of the batteries and the engine, and how to keep the Rapide E in the lightweight category.
Taking the place of the original V12 engine will be a battery pack that uses over 5,600 lithium ion 18650 format cylindrical cells to power the 800V battery, which has 65kWh of installed capacity. The power generated by the battery pack is enough to produce a targeted 601HP and 950Nm of torque.
With a range target of 200 miles, the estimated top speed is 155mph, and one should be able to make it to 60mph from a standstill in less than four seconds. The brand’s aim is to make sure that this promise holds true at every stage of the battery’s life, not only when it’s at a full charge.
The rear-wheel drive Rapide E’s focus on aerodynamic efficiency can be seen in its choice of wheels: the Pirelli P-Zero ‘low rolling-resistance tyres,’ which aims to limit friction loss.
The car makes its debut in the fourth quarter of 2019, so consider this your reminder to start saving up now for what is sure to be a pretty damn expensive car.