The August 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has unveiled an exciting, all-new fully electric supercar. The Renovo Coupe concept began life discreetly in 2010, and has been kept under wraps until the engineering nicks and knacks were ironed out, and now the car has been green-lit for limited production. Renovo touts its new Coupe as "America’s First All-Electric Supercar," and it’s about as red, white, and blue as one could get.
EVs are all the hype these days, with Teslas as common here in Los Angeles as sunny, cloudless, 75 degree days. The fact that we now have a legitimate supercar , with blistering looks, performance — and a price — to match is very exciting news.
Details are still somewhat limited, but we have received basic information and are excited to report on this car’s capabilities based on what we know so far.
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While the Renovo Coupe is the epitome of futuristic, next-generation technology, it looks rather old and classic — in a good way. This is because Shelby American provides the body, and this is basically a Shelby Daytona rolling on a modified, modernized CSX9000 chassis with the guts ripped out and replaced with electric motors.
There’s not much to say about this design that hasn’t already been said; it’s a sharp, vintage, all-American look that is still gorgeous today. The long hood gives the car a huge, sporty overhang, and also a stunning side profile. The large air scoop integrated into the hood remains, although it’s feeding air to an entirely different monster under the hood.
Curb weight is sports-car tidy, at a mere 3,250 pounds. The Renovo Coupe is shown in this stunning blue paint with the classic white racing stripe, which should make for plenty of stares and jaw drops.
The wheels are racy, HRE custom billet three-piece with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The wheel size hasn’t been released, but to us they look like 19 or 20 inchers.
Out back, the classic Shelby styling remains, though the rear hatch is adorned with the Renovo logo. There are no exhaust outlets, obviously, as this is an all-electric vehicle.
Gallery Renovo Coupe
Not much information has been released in the interior department, but we do know it will retain the vintage look enjoyed by the classic Shelbys, with a flat instrument panel that will span the entire dashboard. The gauge display will be updated into a digital cluster, with classic analog gauges — featuring needles and all — in he center.
One feature that we do know about is that for the first time ever, the driver will have the ability to customize the regenerative braking on the fly — a first for a production EV vehicle — via a "muscular drive selector."
The Renovo Coupe is powered by twin sequential axial flux motors. The power ratings are stunning — over 500 horsepower and a cool 1,000 foot pounds of torque. EVs are known for instant response, and Renovo claims that full power is available in 37 milliseconds. To put that into perspective, 37 milliseconds is ten times faster than the blink of an eye. This should enable this monster to go from 0-to-ludicrous speed faster than Spaceball One. Renovo lists the official 0-to-60 time at a blazing 3.4 seconds, considerably faster than even the quickest EV, the Tesla Model S.
Unlike the Tesla, however, range is somewhat limited. Expect to only traverse 100 miles before a recharge is needed. Renovo addresses this by saying that to save weight it used smaller and lighter batteries. This is a track-oriented car, after all.
The short range is somewhat inconvenient, however the Coupe can be recharged completely in just 30 minutes with a Fast Charging System. Standard, wall outlet charging takes five hours. Not the greatest range, but it’s no worse than a Nissan Leaf’s.
Top speed is also a bit of a sore spot, as it is a rather un-supercar-like 120 mph.
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Don’t expect to acquire one of these without deep, deep pockets. Renovo is currently taking orders at $529,000 a pop. We doubt there will be any way to get behind the wheel of one of these via leases, etc. that other EVs enjoy. So unless you’ve got a half a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket or a heck of a good credit rating to receive a loan of this magnitude, you’re probably out of luck.
Though discontinued in 2012, the Tesla Roadster is a close competitor. Priced at a considerably less — though still lofty — amount, at $109,000, the Tesla Roadster offered blistering performance combined with a longer range than the Renovo Coupe offers.
0-to-60 took 3.7 seconds, and the EV offered an impressive 220-mile range. This is more than double the range of the Renovo Coupe . The Tesla Roadster was also loosely based on the capable and proven Lotus Elise platform. It is worth mentioning that the Telsa Roadster achieved these performance numbers with only 248 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque; considerably less than the Renovo Coupe.
Gallery Tesla Roadster
This car has been flying under the radar for some time now, but we have heard inside information that the car may be green-lit for production soon. Like the Tesla Roadster , it is also loosely based on the Lotus Elise platform. In this application it produces a modest 200 horsepower and 165 foot-pounds of torque. Nevertheless, it performs well, with a projected 0-to-60 time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of an autobahn-worthy 155 mph, which is significantly faster than the Renovo Coupe’s 120-mph top speed.
Gallery Detroit Electric SP:01
The Renovo Coupe is a very exciting and ambitious concept. Production will be very limited, and with a $529,000 asking price, don’t expect to see one at every stoplight. Initial sales will begin in California, naturally, and will expand nationwide shortly after.
We are salivating at the prospect of being able to take one of these beasts for a spin. Combining classic looks with state-of-the-art technology, driving this thing must be a hoot. It would be somewhat counter-intuitive to not revel in an ear-piercing, classic internal combustion exhaust note, but with the full 1,000 foot-pounds of torque immediately available and an electric zing boosting the driver from 0-to-60 in 3.4 seconds, it’s something we can most likely forgive.
Expect more details to come as we receive them.
- Supercar performance
- Classic, classy looks
- Zero emissions
- Relatively low top speed
- Production will be extremely limited
- Sky-high price
Gallery Renovo Coupe
Renovo Motors, Inc. today introduced the world to the groundbreaking Renovo Coupe with a production prototype on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Founded in 2010 with the mission to build the world’s most exciting vehicles, Renovo has operated in stealth mode for over four years as they developed and refined their patent-pending EV technology. The Coupe—the first all-electric American supercar—is the culmination of these efforts.
The Renovo Coupe
- 0-60 in under 3.4 seconds
- 1000 ft-lbs of direct-drive torque instantly available
- Twin sequential axial flux motors producing over 500 horsepower
- Incredible throttle response with full power available in just 37 milliseconds
- Patent-pending modular lithium ion battery technology
- A curb weight of just 3,250 lbs
- 30 minute quick charge and 5 hour level 2 charge
- Genuine, factory modified Shelby American CSX9000 rolling chassis
- Flexible control system with dynamic in-cabin regen adjustment
- Proudly built in Silicon Valley, USA
- Entering limited production in 2015
- Featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
- Preview at the Gold Rush Rally to benefit the Taylor Lynn Foundation
"Renovo Motors sought to create an aspirational vehicle that demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is possible with EV technology," said Renovo’s CEO Christopher Heiser. "We have poured our passion and innovation into the Coupe in an effort to deliver a truly amazing driving experience, and we’re honored to present the Production Prototype of our car at the Concours d’Elegance."
The Coupe sets a benchmark 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds, the fastest of any production rear-wheel drive electric vehicle. The car’s massive 1,000 foot-pounds of torque is available immediately from a dead stop and delivers perfectly linear acceleration that is unlike any car on the road today.
The mid-mounted twin sequential axial-flux motors deliver both power and efficiency, with optimized energy mappings for a wide range of driving conditions. When run at full throttle, the motors produce over 500 horsepower. More importantly, the drivetrain ramps to full power in just 37 milliseconds—about ten times faster than the blink of an eye—and further redefines how a performance vehicle can respond to the commands of the driver.
The Coupe offers a new and unique viewpoint on the supercar segment. "Our motivation to design and build our cars is not artificially tied to any particular propulsion technology," notes Jason Stinson, Renovo Motors CTO. "Simply put, we can do things with electric vehicles that can’t be replicated by any other platform. Exploring these areas, reducing them to practice, and building them into our products is at the core of what we do best."
The Coupe’s incredible performance is made possible by the patent-pending battery technology developed by the Renovo team. Multiple separate battery enclosures enable a performance-oriented weight distribution and minimize chassis volume requirements. The Renovo Motors drivetrain is less than 40% of the total weight of the car, and yet delivers the highest peak power in its class.
The on-road performance is matched by a fast-charge system that can refill the batteries in just 30 minutes and maintains compatibility with a wide range of standard Level 2 charge systems. At the track, the Coupe can be charged between run sessions, offering the first true circuit-ready EV.
The Coupe’s sculpted drivetrain is on full display in its genuine, factory-modified CSX9000 chassis supplied by the world-famous Shelby American brand. Completely reimagined by award-winning designer Peter Brock, the CSX9000 delivers the features of a modern supercar while retaining the classic and race-proven aerodynamic silhouette of the original 1964 Le Mans winning car. "This shape was nearly perfect 50 years ago, and physics doesn’t change much over time," said Mr. Brock, an early advisor to Renovo Motors. "However, the redesigned car has a totally updated body, frame, suspension, and cabin; it’s a new chapter for this chassis. When the Renovo team approached me with the idea of incorporating my work into their designs, I was thrilled. The finished product definitely carries the spirit of the original car strongly into the future."
Every aspect of the Coupe’s interior was designed to create a more direct and immediate connection between machine and driver. From the cockpit the driver has access to a wide range of controls and information systems. Classic needle gauges surround a modern circular digital display, and a muscular drive selector enables brake regeneration to be adjusted in real-time—another first for a production electric vehicle.
Each Coupe is built at Renovo Motor’s facility in the heart of Silicon Valley, USA. The talented and experienced team of designers, engineers, and technicians at Renovo Motors are proud to share the Coupe Production Prototype with the world and are looking forward to entering the final stages of the car’s development program.
Renovo Motors brings the Coupe to limited series production in 2015. Pre-sales will commence at this Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Initial sales are targeted for California and will expand nationwide later this year.
In addition to the Coupe’s global debut, Renovo will present an exclusive preview of the car on Saturday, August 16th at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The Renovo Coupe Production Prototype will be featured at the Gold Rush Rally in support of the Taylor Lynn foundation, a charity that provides microGRANTS™ focused on enhancing the lives of children.
Renovo Motors, a Silicon Valley Car Company, is driven to create the world’s most exciting vehicles. By harnessing the power of the latest electrical, mechanical, and software systems the Renovo team creates cars that redefine the driving experience. Their debut offering, the Renovo Coupe, sets multiple benchmarks in the EV supercar segment and demonstrates the performance, control, and excitement that is made possible by Renovo’s patent-pending technology.