A top of the range electric GT car - and it's French. Whatever next! This one could actually give the Tesla Roadster a run for its money if it's truly the masterpiece that its not-so-modest designer claims it to be.
But this is a car maker with a difference. Exagon Engineering is a manufacturer with a lot of experience in competitive racing of electric sports cars. On the back of this unusual experience Luc Marchetti and his team unveiled the Furtive-eGT at the Paris Motor Show - 'an electric GT car which does not sacrifice performance to eco-friendliness; an electric GT car which can cover Paris-Nice comfortably but also burn rubber on the race track'. This is sounding like the next 007 car.
You can read the whole PR spiel here but let me share the exciting bits. 0 to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds and it can hit 287 km/h on the race track (maximum speed is otherwise electronically limited to 250 km/h). Not only that, it can take four passengers and their luggage and delivers a range of up to 406 km in electric only mode. An optional range extender allows it to cover up to 807 km. This small petrol engine charges the batteries when they've reached their limit, but has no effect on the wheels; it just acts as a generator.
The Furtive-eGT will also be the first ever electric car that's equipped with the Hopman Sound Transfer System which transforms various materials in the car into loudspeakers. So no big hulking speakers in this sleek machine and the entire interior enjoys the ideal listening point.
This beast will go through a final validation procedure before entering the market by late 2012, but Exagon aims to start with only 100 cars annual output. First test runs for the press are due to start later this year. No word of what it's going to cost, but you can guess it'll be big ticket.