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Detroit Electric reveals final design for "world's fastest" electric car, the SP:01


The company says it will be the world's fastest production electric sports car. The revised design features include a fastback rear, an added rear wing and reshaped air ducts.

Detroit Electric is not a name with which many people will be familiar, but it began selling cars in 1907 and was a leader in an early electric vehicle (EV) market during the early 1900s. After succumbing to the rise of the internal combustion engine, the company has now been reestablished in preparation for the newly reinvigorated EV market and, in March last year, gave notice of its planned first car in over seven decades. Prototypes of the SP:01 were subsequently unveiled and shown off the following month.

A number or alterations have been made to those initial prototypes. The scooped-out rear has been replaced with a tapering fastback body. This was designed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to analyze airflow, with a view to reducing turbulence for improved performance and stability.

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