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Electric RaceAbout (ERA) - new electric sports car?

On March 31st, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland unveiled a new sports electric car called the Electric Race About (ERA) electric car. This car, designed from a clean table to adopt the latest technology of electric powertrain and battery systems as well as the light-weight manufacturing know how, will be a state of the art battery driven electric-vehicle. A full-bloodied sportscar with extremely low energy consumption and no emissions will really open a new era for those enthusiasts feeling guilty because of their passion for motoring! The cutting-edge styling is guaranteed by the keen co-operation of the famous Lahti Polytechnic Institute of Design .

The car will participate in the Automotive X Prize competition’s test drive phase in Michigan, USA, in April. The Automotive X Prize is the latest effort of the X Prize Foundation whose goal is to "bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity". The final stages of the competition will be held in July and August with the winners being announced in September 2010. The winning prize is $10 million.

These tremendous technological breakthroughs are certainly expensive which means if this prototype ever sees actual retail production, it would be highly expensive and limited in quantity.

Source: Metropolia

"The most rewarding thing has been the chance to be a part of this project right from the initial stage of building the car all the way up to the competition. We have set our sights high, and our team wanted to build a good car. It’s taken a lot of work and taught us to cooperate and how to manage an entire project. Now our two and a half years’ work will be rewarded, as we’ve achieved our great goal. We’re going off to the States with a smile, the car leading the way and our dozen-member team right behind", says Eero Korhonen, an Automotive Engineering student at Metropolia, while describing his mood.




10 comments:

I doubt that it’s a modified GT-R like what you’ve said, it’s more like a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano’s Rear end.

wow I guess with the success of the Porsche 911 Electric many auto makers are into E-Cars today.

They are really paving the way for creating an electric car industry in Finland. Now the industry will gain more expertise and develop rapidly in their country. Apart from the batteries and their charging system, all other essential technology used in the car.

Wow , now don’t those specs seem like the teslas roadster . But in any event i am glad that people are being innovative and making electric cars . Also this looks alot better than the tesla roadster

With that kind of sophisticated electronic device I bet it’s market price will be expensive I guarantee that.

I’m sure it can come to life, there are many people who wants to challenge themselves and put it to the limits.

Pretty decent and aggressive! I hope their vision of a full blooded race car can come to life.

I agree, the front end looks like the headlamps of the GT-R and the Body trim is from ferrari 599. This is a good collaboration between the Japanese and Italian Car.

i agree with chimbo. the front looks like a distorted GTR and the rear looks like a ferrari california.

Nissan GTR extreme modification? look at the headlights, the grill, and the roofline, definitely the roofline

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