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2011 Artega SE

German automaker, Artega , first unveiled the Artega SE at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show last March, showing the promise of what a German electric sports car could look like. Of course, their purpose was to also give the US-based Tesla and their pride and joy, the Roadster 2.5 , something to think about.

Recently, the Artega SE was in attendance at the Frankfurt Motor Show with plenty of updates on the vehicle. The model that we saw at Frankfurt looks to be one of the few test prototypes of the electric sports car. While expectations are understandably high for the SE, Artega is tempering its expectations on the car, leaving it with a concept tag while it still undergoes testing and development.

Ultimately, the company has made no bones about its intention of bringing the Artega SE into something more than just a concept car. Artega chief executive, Peter Müller, put it in simple terms: "Our aim is to combine environmental responsibility with the passion for automobiles."

The Artega SE is an electric version of the company’s initial offering, the Artega GT . The two cars sport the same body and aluminum spaceframe with the only notable difference being the powertrain fitted under its hood.

UPDATE 09/20/2011: Engadget has received confirmation that the Artega GT’s younger brother - the Artega SE - will indeed be heading to US shores. There’s no specific timeline as to when this will happen, but at least we know it will!

Details on the Artega SE after the jump.

Exterior and Interior

Artega SE

Thanks to a combination of materials used in auto racing, including the aluminum space frame, high-strength steel, and alloys reinforced carbon fiber, the Artega SE weighs in at 1,400 kg (3086 lbs), which is about 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter than the Artega GT Artega GT . Despite being a lighter model, the SE still comes with the same 57:43 weight distribution ratio towards the rear axle as the GT model. The SE’s body and aluminum spaceframe is the same that’s found on the Artega GT, which means that it will have carbon fiber reinforced plastic and EU5 on the front hood. Apart from the carbon fiber, Artega also built the SE with the idea of developing a car that can be considered the lightest of its class.

Inside the car, the SE comes with a multi-function sports steering wheel that includes toggle switches on the car’s wheel, which the driver can use to adjust the recuperation rate when he removes his foot from the accelerator. These settings are differentiated to different levels of recuperation – 75 kW to zero recuperation - which is referred to as “sailing. What this does is give the driver the opportunity to adjust and readjust the acceleration pedal to suit his own whims or, more importantly, adapt to certain weather and driving conditions. Right behind the wheel is the SE’s redesigned instrument cluster, which houses some pretty pertinent information about the car including analog and digital displays for speed, range, battery level, and energy flow.

Performance

Artega SE

Powering the Artega SE are two electric motors mounted on the car’s rear axle, each with a 37 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack with a nominal voltage of 350 V. Both motors operate independently, producing a total output of 375 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph. On a full charge, the Artega Artega SE has a range of 125 miles with a full charge capable of being finished in just 90 minutes when charging at a high-powered charging station.

Pricing

Artega SE

The Artega SE is still in concept form, but the German automaker is already shooting for the stars as far as sales goals are concerned: 500 electric sports cars a year priced at €132,000, or $181,000 based on current exchange rates. Ambitious, we say.

In the meantime, Artega has prepared a couple of test vehicles, one of which attended the Frankfurt Motor Show. Should the reaction to the Artega SE be somewhere around what the company expects, the automaker will immediately prep the car up for mass production. No timetable has been set until a decision has been made, but Artega is pegging it to be somewhere around 2012.

Competition

Artega SE

In looking for a suitable competitor for the Artega SE, one model particularly comes to mind: the Tesla Roadster.

Given the similar powertrain both sports cars have, it’s easy to say that the German Artega SE and the American Tesla Roadster will engage in some heated battles as soon as the former is green-lighted for production. Unfortunately, all the important figures that are crucial for the two models lean favorably in the Roadster’s direction.

For starters, while the Artega SE’s total engine output reaches an impressive 275 horsepower, it falls short to the 288 horsepower output the Roadster is capable. Likewise, the Roadster clocks in a faster 0-60 mph time compared to the Artega SE - 3.7 seconds to 4.3 seconds. But the most important factor between the two electric sports cars is the driving range, or how far the car can travel before needing a full re-charge. To this, the Roadster completely trumps the SE’s numbers by almost twice the latter’s figure, 245 miles to 124 miles, before it needs to be recharged.

So while the German Artega SE may be a good car for the future, it still has ways to go before it can produce an electric sports car that can make Tesla tremble in fear.

Artega SE
LOVE IT
  • Rear end design looks very aggressive
  • Powerful electric engine
  • Good and hopefully cheaper option than the Roadster
LEAVE IT
  • Front end design is a little subtle for our liking
  • Not yet ready for production
  • Ways to go before reaching Tesla’s level



14 comments:

A sports car without looking much like a typical sports car. The compartment at the back is kind of useless. The performance is promising so, it can make up for the things it’s deficit of.

This sports car is so smaller than the other sports car. I think this car is light weight. 275 horse power is good to this car because of the weight of the car.

See how creative and manpower all work out to make an amazing car. Exceptional and very promising car, and the beneficial here is the engine performance and the environmental responsibility intention to do.

This Artega SE has two electric motors. This car has a range of 125 miles with a full charge able of being finished in just 90 minutes when charging at a high-powered charging station.

Wow, I love the color and to its material combination which does complement and blended perfectly. This Artega SE, is one of the competitive and marketable car for me.

Impressive car indeed. The interior part of this car is great and specially the exterior part of the car. This car light weight than the other car.

This sports car is so smaller than the other sports car. I think this car is light weight. 275 horse power is good to this car because of the weight of the car.

This Artega SE has a very powerful look that every will amaze in this kind of car. It has a strong engine and nice interior indeed.

As we see, they are doing some study with this Artega SE. It’s a good thing they are trying to make electric cars. Maybe if we support their ideas, it will boost their confidence in making electric cars reliable.

Oh please! Stop making electric cars they are not that reliable. This concept still needs a lot of extensive study!

I was actually surprise at the amount of power that can be delivered by the Artega’s motor. Considering that this one is an electric sports cat, it can really pose as a serious competition to other cars.

For an electric sports car, the SE’s numbers are actually rather good. Zero to sixty is really good, considering that it is an electric car. And Artega can hopefully boost this one up more.

Yeah, this is probably one of the best looking electric sports car that has been released. I just hope that it will be able to perform well in the market.

Wow, the Artega SE actually looks promising. It’s really nice to see the smaller carmakers now moving into the electric car field. Hope the big guys follow suit and come up with more electric models.

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